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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?
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  Richard Alba
    Professor of sociology at the University of New York at Albany and the author of Remaking the American Mainstream: Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration
  Tamar Jacoby
    Senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a leading neo-conservative, and editor of, "Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What it Means to be American."

Originally Aired: 6/24/2004

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