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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

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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.

Technology
10:48 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Google 'Courageous' For Admitting Diversity Problem, So What Now?

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

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We want to turn to a topic we've discussed quite a bit over the past few months - diversity in the tech industry. Just recently, one of the biggest names in tech, Google, has started talking openly for the first time about diversity.

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Around the Nation
10:48 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Should Getting High Stop You From Getting Hired?

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

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Race
4:28 am
Mon June 2, 2014

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign Comes To Inaugural BookCon

A woman holds a #WeNeedDiverseBooks sign up at the Oakland Public Library in California.
Courtesy of Oakland Public Library

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 3:54 pm

When the organizers of the publishing industry's annual trade convention in New York City announced that one day would be open to the public, they hoped to build buzz and excitement for books in the social media age. The inaugural BookCon last Saturday would be filled with panels, author stalking and autograph opps for the Twitter set.

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Code Switch
11:51 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Yuri Kochiyama, Activist And Former World War II Internee, Dies At 93

Yuri Kochiyama looks at a memorial for World War II Japanese-American internees at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Rohwer, Ark., in 2004.
Mike Wintroath AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:50 pm

  • Listen to NPR's interview with Yuri Kochiyama in 2004

Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama has died of natural causes in Berkeley, Calif., at age 93. The lifelong champion of civil rights causes in the black, Latino, Native American and Asian-American communities died peacefully in her sleep Sunday morning, according to her family.

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Sun June 1, 2014

On The Trail Of Black Cowboys From Nat Love To Sheriff Bart

Nat Love, African American cowboy who claimed to have won the name of Deadwood Dick in South Dakota, 1876, by virtue of his roping talent. Full length photo with lariat and saddle. From his privately published autobiography (1907).
Bettmann Corbis

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 4:20 pm

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Unmasking The Meaning And Marital Disputes Behind Mumbo Jumbo

Scottish explorer Mungo Park was among the first Europeans to view the Mandinka tribe's masked dancers who were known as Maamajomboo. He translated the word as "mumbo jumbo.' This 1797 illustration from Park's book, "Travels In The Interior Districts of Africa" shows a view of Kamalia village in Mandinka country.
DeAgostini Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 9:46 pm

EDITOR'S NOTE: Here at Code Switch, we take a look each week at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, or just because it has an interesting story. You can see the full series here.

"Bureaucratic mumbo jumbo," "legal mumbo jumbo" and "religious mumbo jumbo" are all phrases used to describe language or a set of rules and regulations that are deliberately confusing.

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Sat May 31, 2014

In 1920, 99 Percent Of All Americans Named Booker Were Black

Booker T. Washington sits for a portrait in Hampton, Va., circa 1903.
Library of Congress

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Code Switch
3:47 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth

Ralph Ellison in 1957, four years after his novel Invisible Man won the National Book Award. Ellison died in 1994.
James Whitmore The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 6:07 pm

A monument outside 730 Riverside Drive in Harlem, N.Y. — writer Ralph Ellison's longtime home — commemorates his life and his work. The marker, and many biographical sources, list his birth date as being 1914. But in fact, he was born a year earlier.

Still, events in Oklahoma City — his birthplace — and New York City, where he spent most of his life, are celebrating the centennial of his birth this year.

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Barbershop
1:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

When Women Talk, Should Men Shut Up And Listen?

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I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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Technology
1:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Techies, White House Take Part In National Day Of Civic Hacking

Sameer Verma

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 2:07 pm

This weekend, software developers, entrepreneurs, and local governments from around the world are coming together to design and build tools for the common good.

Using publicly released data, participants in the National Day of Civic Hacking will work together to integrate new technology tools to solve community problems.

Todd Khozein is one of the organizers of #HackForChange. He is the co-founder of SecondMuse, a collaborative innovation lab that helps find technological solutions to everyday issues.

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Around the Nation
1:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Jeopardy Champ Arthur Chu On Nerds, Entitlement And Elliot Rodger

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Politics
1:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

What's Ahead For The VA As Shinseki Steps Down?

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Code Switch
9:51 am
Fri May 30, 2014

In Historic First, Native American Brothers Win Lacrosse Trophy

Miles Thompson of the SUNY-Albany Great Danes broke the record for goals in a season this year — a season which also saw his younger brother and teammate, Lyle, break the record for overall points.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 2:26 pm

The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given to the best player in the country each year. The award takes its name from the Mohawk word for lacrosse, as a way to honor the sport's Native American origins. The bronze trophy depicts a Mohawk man with a lacrosse stick, surging forward.

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Code Switch
5:08 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Condiment Detente: Sriracha Plant To Stay In California City

Sriracha chili sauce is produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, Calif.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 5:47 pm

The Sriracha-slurping public no longer has to worry about hoarding bottles and bottles of the spicy stuff: There will be hot sauce tomorrow and for the foreseeable future. Sriracha will continue to be made in the state-of-the-art plant David Tran built in Irwindale, Calif. And residents near the plant who complained about spicy odors when chilies for the famous hot sauce were ground (from roughly August to October, during harvest season) should now be able to breathe more easily.

You get the feeling that this whole thing was a schoolyard spat that got out of control.

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Movies
11:21 am
Thu May 29, 2014

'Belle': Romance, Race And Slavery With Jane Austen Style

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido Elizabeth Belle in Belle.
David Appleby Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 6:12 pm

British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw was brought up on Jane Austen adaptations. "You know, the Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle was something I watched on a weekly basis with my mum at home in Oxfordshire," she tells NPR's Michel Martin.

But as the biracial actress completed her training at Britain's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, she watched her peers win roles in "the Downton Abbeys of this world" and realized those period dramas weren't calling her. It made Mbatha-Raw ask: "Why can't I be in something like this?"

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NPR Story
11:21 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Should Elliot Rodger's Bigotry Have Raised Alarm Bells?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We are going to start the program today thinking again about the killings last weekend in Isla Vista Calif. Unlike other tragedies we've witnessed across the country this has us thinking a lot about mental health. According to authorities Elliott Rogers sought multiple mental health professionals throughout his life he was even visited by law enforcement. All this before he killed six people and wounded 13 others.

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NPR Story
11:21 am
Thu May 29, 2014

'We Will Get Them, God Willing,' Nigerian Official Says Of Missing Girls

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Let's turn now to Nigeria, where we have been closely following the story of the more than 250 schoolgirls who were abducted by the extremist group, Boko Haram, back in April. A top ranking military official there says the government now knows where the girls are being held, but that it is too risky to try to free them by force.

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NPR Story
11:21 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Weatherman Al Roker Wakes Up To The 'A-Team' Theme

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We'd like to end today's program with a feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we ask some of our guests what they're listening to these days. Now we have the personal playlists of Today Show weatherman and reporter Al Roker. We caught up with Al Roker to talk about "Never Going Back," his memoir about his lifelong struggle with weight. And after our interview, he told us about some of the songs that feed his soul.

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Race
2:06 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community

A photograph of Parminder Singh Shergill is displayed during his funeral services at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, Calif., on Feb. 8.
Randall Benton Sacramento Bee

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 10:31 am

In late January, a mentally ill man was shot and killed by two police officers in Lodi, Calif., south of Sacramento. Tragedy often follows a confrontation between the police and a mentally ill person, but the facts of this case are in dispute.

The victim was a Sikh Army veteran, and his death has roiled the Sikh community and the city. On a recent Saturday evening, more than 100 people gathered at the Sikh temple in the largely agricultural community of Lodi, to remember Parminder Shergill.

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Code Switch
5:15 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

In College Lacrosse, Two Brothers Flirt With Making History

Miles Thompson (left) and his brother Lyle Thompson of New York are finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:13 pm

UPDATE: The Tewaaraton Award was given Thursday night to both Miles and Lyle Thompson. This is the first time the annual award has been given to more than one individual in the same category.

The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given out each year to the sport's best male and female players.

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Beauty Shop
11:12 am
Wed May 28, 2014

#YesAllWomen Puts Spotlight On Misogyny

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:24 am

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Can I Just Tell You?
11:12 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Choosing To Stay When 'Tell Me More' Ends

Tell Me More staff, past and present.
Ammad Omar NPR

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:24 am

Since this is a day when we are mourning the loss of the consummate story teller Maya Angelou, I will start by telling you a story. You might remember that before I came to NPR, I worked at ABC News, for the most part for the late night program Nightline, anchored by Ted Koppel. And I was thinking about a story he sent me to cover about a high ranking African-American police officer from Miami who got into an altercation with a white cop from Orlando. This was after the Orlando officer pulled the Miami officer over, who was on his way to his vacation house.

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Remembrances
11:12 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Nikki Giovanni Honors Her Late Friend Maya Angelou

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:24 am

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We'd like to pay tribute now to the legendary author and poet Maya Angelou. She died this morning at the age of 86. Here is a clip of her reading part of one of her most beloved poems "Phenomenal Woman."

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Race
11:12 am
Wed May 28, 2014

What Fueled UCSB Shooter's Rage Against Women?

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 6:55 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later this hour we will hear tributes and reflections about the late Maya Angelou, the beloved poet - writer who died this morning at the age of 86. But first, we return to this very disturbing story out of Santa Barbara - the shooting of a number of people this weekend. We want to get a different perspective that you might not have heard, but we think you will want to.

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Race
11:02 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Reparations: 'We're Going To Be In For A Fight'

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 11:32 am

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. So, if I say I want to talk about reparations for African-Americans - you say what? It's about time, that's ridiculous - who cares? - it's never going to happen - or maybe even, what's that? Outside of academic circles and the occasional gathering of Black Nationalists, it would seem that very few people talk about reparations for African-Americans these days.

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Parenting
10:44 am
Tue May 27, 2014

New York City's First Lady A Bad Mom ... Or Just An Honest One?

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 11:32 am

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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.

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