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Archive for January, 2010

Family, race and color

Malcolm Gladwell talks about the variations in race and "skin politics" in Jamaica and America among West Indians and African Americans.

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments

How does family history affect us?

Malcolm Gladwell and Henry Louis Gates Jr. discuss why family trees continue to be important, and how family history affects us today.

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments

What makes us who we are?

Malcolm Gladwell and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discuss the factors that inform our identity — is it our experiences, our family history, society, or a combination of the three?

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments

Native Americans and the importance of ancestry

Louise Erdrich on why ancestral history is central to the existence of Native Americans, and why protecting that valuable history is so important.

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments

Ethnic identification and discrimination

Louise Erdrich talks about how she self-identifies, and her grandfather's influence on whether or not she belonged in the tribal nation.

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments

The federal government and “the Indian problem”

Louise Erdrich discusses her grandfather's role in the fight against the American government's policy of Indian termination from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments

Relationships between Europeans and American Indians

Louise Erdrich talks about the fractious relationship between European settlers and her American Indian ancestors.

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments

The Colbert family history

Stephen Colbert relates stories within his own family about their ancestry in Canada.

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments

Family traditions and customs

Stephen Colbert talks about traditions and customs he's kept alive in his own family over the generations.

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments

The legacy of British colonialism and Irish Americans

Stephen Colbert talks about what it means to be Irish in America, the legacy of British colonialism, and a surprising discovery about his wife's heritage.

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments

The immigrant experience in American history

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Stephen Colbert discuss why it's important to know where you come from, and the place of the Colbert family in the context of American history.

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments

Going back to Italy

Mario Batali talks about moving back to Italy as a young man to learn how to cook Italian food, and his continuing connection to his Italian heritage.

Jan 19th, 2010 | Comments
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