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April 22nd, 2010

Earth Day turns 40 today. So we thought we’d honor the day by giving you a roundup of past conversations from the show about our wonderful planet. Environmentalist Annie Leonard “All of the stuff in our lives has this whole life before it comes to us in the metals where it’s mined, in the forests [...]

April 13th, 2010

The facts say it all. About 17% of American children ages 2-19 are obese. Obese children are more likely than other children to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. They are also more likely to be obese as adults. Add in the fact that obesity rates have tripled in the past [...]

April 7th, 2010

In March, the Obama administration threw its weight behind the University of Texas at Austin in a high-profile affirmative action case in which the university’s “race-conscious” admissions policies were challenged by two white students who were denied admission to the school. The Obama administration argued in a brief filed with the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court [...]

April 1st, 2010

If you intended to Google your pesky neighbor this morning only to find that you were forced to “Topeka” his name, then you fell for an April Fools’ prank. LOL! Here’s a quick round-up of all things foolish so that you won’t get caught off guard again. 1) See here, here and here for explanations [...]

March 29th, 2010

When you read about the unemployment rate in this country, which has been hovering around 10% for a while now, it’s easy to forget that the rate is different depending on where you live in the country, whether you are a man or a woman and whether you are Black, Latino or white. The Joint [...]

March 19th, 2010

The Blind Side is based on a true story about a homeless teen who finds a home with a “well-to-do” family in Memphis. The film was directed by John Lee Hancock, based on a book by Michael Lewis and brought Sandra Bullock the Best Actress Academy Award. Does it matter that the homeless teen was [...]

March 9th, 2010

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan Monday on an unannounced visit and warned of hard days ahead as the U.S. implements a surge of 30,000 troops through the summer. The U.S. military has been in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion and there are no plans to leave anytime soon, even as the U.S. [...]

March 8th, 2010

When you think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., you probably think of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. But what do you think about his “Beyond Vietnam” speech? What’s that? You’ve never heard of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech? Well, you’re not alone. On Wednesday, March 31, the second installment of Tavis Smiley [...]

February 10th, 2010

There has been discussion recently among black leaders and scholars about how President Obama, this nation’s first African American president, is handling race. What do you think? Has President Obama done “enough” for African Americans? And what is “enough?” Has the president been too tepid on race? Please share your thoughts and opinions below, and [...]

February 3rd, 2010

Now that we are a few days into Black History Month, there has been some discussion (see here and here) about the relevance or irrelevance of the month-long celebration. What do you think? Is it still necessary to designate an entire month to celebrate Black History? Does the election of Barack Obama as president somehow [...]

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