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History
3:10 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Gary Heyde On Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination

Martin Luther King Jr.
Credit Flickr Photo/Digital Collections, UIC Library (CC BY-NC-ND)

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 46 years ago today — on April 4, 1968. Former Seattle teacher and novelist Gary Heyde remembers that day well. It was the day he learned one of the most important lessons of his life, but he almost didn't survive to apply the lesson.

This archive originally aired in October 2011.

Seattle Civil Rights
7:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Murray's Executive Order A 'Christmas List' Of Racial Equity Requests

Ed Murray signed an racial equity executive order on Thursday, April 3, to a chorus of applause.
Flickr Photo/Mayor Ed Murray (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order Thursday to expand the Race and Social Justice Initiative program.

The new order is intended to hold the city accountable after a survey commissioned by the city found that around 90 percent of residents say the city continues to have racial problems.

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Sports History
1:53 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Untold Story Of African American Baseball In Washington State

Credit Flickr Photo/gfpeck (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Chieko Phillips, exhibitions manager at the Northwest African American Museum, about its new exhibit, "Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington."

Demographics
2:39 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

How Bellevue Came To Be More Racially Diverse Than Seattle

Skyline of Bellevue, Wash.
Flickr Photo/WingsOfMan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Bellevue's cultural diversity coordinator Kevin Henry about how Bellevue has become so diverse.

Virtual Skin
9:29 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Our Conversation On Race In 'World of Warcraft,' Unabridged

The Pandaren are a fairly new race in WoW — "giant pandas that belong to clans with Chinese-sounding names and lands filled with 'Asian' architecture," as one person told us — and they show how real-world racial notions creep into the game's universe.
Battle.net

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 6:55 am

World of Warcraft is trying to reduce racial inequality. Don't worry, this isn't about racial disparities between black, Latino and Asian players — we're talking about gnomes and trolls and orcs here.

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Chinese American
11:36 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Eric Liu: Chinese State Media Editorial On Locke 'Laughable'

The former Washington governor Gary Locke served as the U.S. ambassador to China from 2011 to 2014.
Flickr Photo/Linda Cotton (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University and former speech writer for President Bill Clinton, about the offensive editorial published in the Chinese state media about the departure of Ambassador Gary Locke.

Academy Awards
11:27 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Solomon Northup's Descendant Expresses Pride For '12 Years A Slave'

Steve McQueen's film "12 Years a Slave" is nominated for nine Academy Awards.

The 86th annual Academy Awards is this Sunday, and one of the films expected to take home the Oscar is Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave.”

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Hidden Racial Appeals
9:31 am
Thu February 27, 2014

‘Dog Whistle Politics’ With Ian Haney López

Ian Haney Lopez's book "Dog Whistle Politics."

Dog whistle politics means using language that appeals to one group of people but may have coded meanings to another. For example, one reason Ronald Reagan did so well with white voters was because he told stories of the “welfare queen” – a woman with “eighty names, thirty addresses, [and] twelve Social Security cards [who] is collecting veteran’s benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income is over $150,000.”

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Interpreting Race
3:44 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Understanding Multiracial Asian Americans In Pop Culture

Leilani Nishime's book "Undercover Asian."

Steve Scher talks with University of Washington professor Leilani Nishime about her book, "Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture," and about how media portray the demographic.

Author Interview
3:02 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Aggrieved Entitlement: New Era For American Masculinity

Michael Kimmel's book, "Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era"

Ross Reynolds talks with Michael Kimmel, a professor of sociology and gender studies at Stony Brook University in New York, about his new book, "Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era." Kimmel says white men have a reason to be angry, but it's often not the reason they think it its.

Sports
2:57 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sen. Maria Cantwell: NFL Needs To Abandon Redskin Name

A Washington Redskins helmet.
Flickr Photo/Keith Allison

Ross Reynolds talks with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., about her letter to the National Football League urging it to get rid of the Washington Redskins' name.

Arts & Race
2:46 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Seattle Gentrification: Through The Eyes Of Art

Dumi Maraire in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David Hyde talks with Dumi Maraire, curator of "Through The Eyes of Art" and hip-hop artist. Seattle's Experience Music Project is kicking off Black History Month with music and art that looks at how the city has changed and the role of gentrification.

Author Interview
3:19 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

How Politicians Use Racial Coding To Win Elections

Ian Haney Lopez's book "Dog Whistle Politics."

David Hyde talks to University of California, Berkeley, professor Ian Haney Lopez about his book "Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class."

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Diversity
4:23 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Could You Describe Your Racial Experience In Six Words?

Journalist Michele Norris launched the Race Card Project to get people talking about race in America.
Flickr Photo/KCTS 9 Public Television

Ross Reynolds speaks with NPR host and special correspondent Michele Norris about her project the Race Card Project.

Brown v. Board of Education
12:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock

Eight of the nine black students who integrated Little Rock Central High School walk from school to their waiting Army station wagon on Oct. 2, 1957.
Ferd Kaufman AP

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 10:23 am

In Little Rock, Ark., on Monday, a federal judge is considering a deal that would end one of the longest-running and most notorious school desegregation cases in the country. The state, its largest school districts and lawyers representing black students have agreed to settle a complex lawsuit over unequal education.

Little Rock has long been the symbol of the South's violent reaction to Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that declared school segregation unconstitutional.

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