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Civil Rights, Then and Now, Part Two  (aired 4/6/2006)
Americaís Civil Rights Movement was the work of many people, but one name stands out: the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. His bold and courageous action opened the eyes of the nation to racial injustice. Coupled with President Lyndon B. Johnsonís passionate politicking, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 became the law of the land. It added millions of blacks to voter rolls but Dr. King was a controversial man. Did his assassination mark the end of the Civil Rights Movement, or the start of a new era? What is the future of the black vote and will it be decisive in the 2006 and particularly the 2008 elections?

Becoming American  (aired 12/8/2005)
In this age of globalization and ethnic identity politics, what does it mean to be an American? Do we as a nation need to find new ways to talk about - and proudly encourage ≠ the exceptional American experience? In the aftermath of 9/11, the stakes could hardly be higher. One in nine Americans are foreign-born, and are here legally or illegally. Nearly one-fifth of U.S. residents speak a language other than English at home. Can we make it easier for immigrants to assimilate? Should we?

Immigration: Curse or Blessing? (Part Two)  (aired 11/6/2003)
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." Those words, written by the poet Emma Lazarus, and inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, declare that America is a nation of immigrants. But as long as we have had immigration, we have had heated debates about immigration policy. Today is no exeception. What rights should illegal immigrants have? How many immigrants should America accept? From where? How do we remain a beacon of freedom and protect our national security at the same time?

Immigration: Curse or Blessing? (Part One)  (aired 10/23/2003)
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." Those words, written by the poet Emma Lazarus, and inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, declare that America is a nation of immigrants. But as long as we have had immigration, we have had heated debates about immigration policy. Today is no exeception. What rights should illegal immigrants have? How many immigrants should America accept? From where? How do we remain a beacon of freedom and protect our national security at the same time?

Is The West In Decline? (Part One)  (aired 3/27/2003)
Host Ben Wattenberg debates the future of American civilization,immigration, and Western culture with guest Patrick J. Buchanan. Buchananís new book, íThe Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilizationí has made the best seller lists of both The New York Times and The Washington Post in recent weeks. Buchanan argues that collapsing fertility rates in the West and increasing immigration from the Third World, played out against the backdrop of the "culture war," signal the decline and fall of Western civilization. Will Buchananís doomsday scenario be realized? Part 1 of 2.


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