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It's Called 'Africa.' Of Course It's About Race, Right?

Defining when something is or isn't about race can be tricky. So people tend to go by a simple rule of thumb: Does it involve people who aren't white? If so, it's about race. Eric Deggans explains why this is a problem.
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Remembering Those Lost In 2013

The list of those who passed away in 2013 includes giants from the worlds of politics and popular culture. The world also said goodbye this year to many people who may have been less noticeable, but whose subtle influences affected our everyday lives -- from the inventor of the computer mouse to a legendary "door man" at a prominent Washington music venue. We reflect on the stories of those lost in 2013.

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Training And Norms For Sign Language Interpreters

We explore the training and norms for sign language interpreters after the embarrassment at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

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Are Black Shoppers More Likely To Be Profiled?

Holiday shopping season is in full swing, but some people might be getting more than they paid for. Host Michel Martin talks about racial profiling, and what to do if you're a target. She's joined by Rutgers professor Jerome Williams and attorney Melba Pearson .
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Twitter Battle Over Sexy Stars

#FastTailedGirls on Twitter is raising questions about stereotypes when it comes to sexuality, and how those misconceptions can affect young girls. Host Michel Martin talks with Mikki Kendall, who started the hashtag, along with The Root's Keli Goff, and Salon's Prachi Gupta.
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'SNL' Looks To Add Black Woman To Comedy Show's Cast

Saturday Night Live reportedly has held special auditions for black women. There are currently no black females in the cast.
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Zoinks! Tracing The History Of 'Zombie' From Haiti To The CDC

Zombies populate our books, graphic novels, movies and video games with race and slavery playing an unexpected role. Our national obsession with zombies dates back centuries and can be traced to Haiti. Code Switch examines how the word "zombie" was born and how it has taken a life of its own.
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In Press-Rights Battle, Reporter Says Accountability's At Risk

The Justice Department is trying to compel New York Times journalist James Risen to testify in the case of a former CIA official who may or may not have leaked classified information to him. The case calls into question the limits of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press.
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Nelson Mandela Laid To Rest In Hometown

Thousands gathered in Nelson Mandela's rural homestead of Qunu as the anti-apartheid hero, Nobel laureate and South Africa's first black president was laid to rest.
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How Nelson Mandela Inspired South Africa's Music

Arun Rath speaks with pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim about the passing of Nelson Mandela and his influence on the South African music scene.

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