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Music
12:13 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Laverne Cox Loves 'Trouble'

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:45 pm

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Author Interviews
12:10 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

One Man's Search For His Personal Narrative And 'Asian Self'

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:45 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon immigrated from the Philippines as a young boy when his parents — like so many before them — moved his family to the U.S. in search of a better life.

But, at some point Tizon realized that much of what he saw and heard around him told him that what he was — an Asian man — was shameful, weak and at the bottom of the manhood hierarchy.

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Mental Health
12:09 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

When A Killer Comes From Your Family

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:45 pm

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Health Care
11:58 am
Mon June 9, 2014

An 'Integrity Problem' at Veterans Affairs?

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:45 pm

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to start off the week by taking another look at the future of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Interim VA secretary, Sloan Gibson, a former West Point grad and a retired banker, is leading the department after Secretary Eric Shinseki submitted his resignation. And that came, as you probably remember, after weeks of disturbing reports that secret wait lists were created at a number of VA facilities to hide how long veterans were actually waiting for care.

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Code Switch
8:09 am
Mon June 9, 2014

What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer

The race question on the census is constantly changing.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 6:22 pm

This post has been updated.

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Code Switch
7:44 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Former Model B. Smith Reveals Diagnosis Of Alzheimer's Disease

Former model B. Smith operated restaurants in New York City and Washington, D.C.
PR Newswire

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:02 am

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans have the memory-robbing disease and African-Americans are twice as likely as whites to develop the late-onset version of the illness.

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Barbershop
11:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

NBA Finals: Did The Heat Take Down Miami?

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Latin America
11:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

World Cup Makes Brazilians Crazy, But Soccer's Not To Blame

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Switching gears now - let's talk World Cup. Every four years, people around the world tune into the same thing at the same time over the same four weeks. They're watching the World Cup. This year's tournament will be held in Brazil, and the first match between Brazil and Croatia is just six days away.

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Faith Matters
11:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Rabbi: American Jews Should Not Worry About Anti-Semitism

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Law
11:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Should Tweens Be Prosecuted As Adults?

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Code Switch
3:32 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Mississippi Marks 50 Years Since History-Changing 'Freedom Summer'

A new exhibit at the Mississippi state archives includes photographs, excerpts from journals and film clips documenting 1964's Freedom Summer.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:50 pm

A new exhibit at the Mississippi state archives takes you back in time. The facade of a front porch, complete with screen door, invites you to imagine what it was like for some 900 activists, mostly white college students, who in 1964 came to the nation's most closed society.

Robert Moses was an organizer of what was at the time formally known as the Mississippi Summer Project.

"That's sort of what was nice about it. There was no pretension that we were going to change history," Moses says. "We were just going to have our little summer project."

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Code Switch
1:29 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

For Comic Michael Che, 'Comfortable' Comedy Won't Fly

The Daily Show recently debuted its newest correspondent, Michael Che.
Paul Marotta Courtesy of Michael Che

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 6:58 pm

Editor's Note: This is an interview with a comedian. Since comedy leans heavy on timing and delivery, this interview is best heard. (The audio will be available around 7 p.m. ET.)

Meet Michael Che, The Daily Show's newest correspondent. He's 30, and though he only began performing stand-up in 2009, his resume is impressive.

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Arts & Life
11:57 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Couple Goes High-Tech And Low Cost For Their Big Day

Putting on a wedding in New York City can be financial suicide. But one young couple, profiled in Fast Company, say they priced their upcoming celebration at just $10,000 by using online startups.

Music
11:50 am
Thu June 5, 2014

With 'So Much Trouble In The World,' Music Calms Theater Director

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We'd like to end today with a regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guests to tell us about some of the top songs on their playlist. Today we hear from a Brit in Baltimore. Award-winning playwright and actor, Kwame Kwei-Armah, is the artistic director of Baltimore Centerstage Theater. When we caught up with him to talk about making a life, and making art across the pond, he also shared the music that helps him relax from the rigors of the transatlantic life.

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Books
11:50 am
Thu June 5, 2014

'Guns Kept People Alive' During The Civil Rights Movement

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 4:10 pm

This year marks the 50th anniversary of many pivotal events in the civil rights movement, and to commemorate "Freedom Summer," Tell Me More is diving into books that explore that theme.

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Sports
11:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

When LeBron James Speaks, Do People Stop And Listen?

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:50 am

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The NBA finals begin today with the Miami Heat facing off against the San Antonio Spurs, and of course, attention is focused on Miami's star player, LeBron James, as he fights for his team to collect their third NBA title. But our next guest say there's something else to watch - his growing influence off the court. He was one of the first voices to call for the ouster of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling after Sterling's racist comments were made public. Here's LeBron James.

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Around the Nation
11:43 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Values Collide In Texas Over 'Open Carry' Protests

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:50 am

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Code Switch
1:34 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Modest Bus Station At The Center Of A World-Changing Confrontation

When the Freedom Riders arrived in Montgomery, they were greeted by an armed, racist mob, while the local police were conspicuously absent.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 2:38 pm

EDITOR'S NOTE: This summer, we'll be regularly spotlighting sites on the National Register of Historic Places that have some significance to issues of race and culture.

The Montgomery Greyhound Station, Montgomery, Ala.

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Theater
10:59 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Anika Noni Rose Breathes New Life Into Classic 'Raisin In The Sun'

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 12:44 pm

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now you may think you know the play "A Raisin In The Sun" from its many stage and screen performances, but the latest revival starring Denzel Washington, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose is bringing new life into the American classic. The production has already received five Tony Award nominations, including one for Anika Noni Rose's performance as the spirited, aspiring doctor, Beneatha Younger.

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Economy
10:59 am
Wed June 4, 2014

There's Trouble In The Job Market For Black College Graduates

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 12:44 pm

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Economy
10:59 am
Wed June 4, 2014

What's Keeping Some Graduates From Getting Hired?

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 12:44 pm

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Author Interviews
10:59 am
Wed June 4, 2014

After Tiananmen Square, New Lives On A New Continent

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 12:44 pm

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Code Switch
7:22 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Honoring An Activist And Fashion Industry Role Model

Bethann Hardison speaks onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on Monday in New York City.
D Dipasupil Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:52 pm

The Council of Fashion Designers of America awards (the CFDA) are the fashion industry's equivalent of the Oscars: big, glittery, hugely prestigious. The red carpet before and after the ceremony is avidly watched. Unlike the Chambre Syndicale, which regulates France's couture and related industries, the CFDA is more of a reflector, an influencer — and, perhaps, a bellwether.

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Parenting
12:09 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Diverse Summer Reading Picks For Kids

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MICHEL MARTIN: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner. Every week we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice. And today we want to get their advice about summer reading. If you have small people or teenagers in your house, then you are probably already in the throes of summeritis. And yes, I think I just made that word up. It means that the kids are ready for the reading, writing and arithmetic to end.

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Health
12:09 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

'Wait To Worry' About Challenges

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MICHEL MARTIN: As we've just heard, being fired or losing your job is something that a lot of people have had to worry about in recent years. But our next guest has some advice for those of us who tend to worry a lot about life's what-ifs. That advice is to wait. Columnist Steven Petrow recently wrote about his epiphany and learning how to wait to worry for The Washington Post. In the piece, he talked about how he decided to stop worrying about stuff that hadn't even happened yet. Steven Petrow is with us now. Welcome back. Thanks so much for joining us once again.

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Money Coach
12:09 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Layoff 101: Don't Blame Yourself

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MICHEL MARTIN: I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly conversation about personal finance - one of our money coach conversations. We've been hearing that the economy is slowly but surely picking up, which means that finally people are getting hired again. But in some industries, people are still getting laid off. And unfortunately, we know a little bit about that ourselves.

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Education
12:09 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

New Orleans District Moves To All-Charter School System

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Code Switch
9:56 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Chat With Us About Code Switch

Marc Wathieu Flickr

Back in May, I posted a reflection on what we've learned from a year of discussing race, ethnicity and culture on Code Switch. I mentioned we'd hold a live chat on June 3 to talk about The Conversation On Race — or at least our version of it — and anything else folks wanted to bring up. Today is that day!

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Behind Closed Doors
10:48 am
Mon June 2, 2014

'Drunk Mom' Tackles New Motherhood And Old Addictions

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:35 am

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U.S.
10:48 am
Mon June 2, 2014

'Harvest Of Shame': Farm Workers Struggle With Poverty 50 Years On

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:35 am

The documentary Harvest of Shame was revolutionary in its raw portrayal of poverty amongst migrant farm workers. NPR's Elizabeth Blair discusses the film's legacy and the state of migrant work today.

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