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A Weed Boom, But For Whom?

As the burgeoning marijuana industry booms, who is reaping the benefits, and who is being left behind?Chelsea Beckhide caption

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Chelsea Beck

A Weed Boom, But For Whom?

The history of cannabis in the U.S. ― and its criminalization ― is deeply interwoven with race. As the legal cannabis market gains traction, people of color who were targeted by the drug war could be left out of the green rush.

A Weed Boom, But For Whom?

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It's Getting (Dangerously) Hot in Herre

Amy Gonzalez lives in the hottest part of Los Angeles, where average temperatures are rising.Molly Peterson for NPRhide caption

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It's Getting (Dangerously) Hot in Herre

On this week's episode we talk about why certain communities are more vulnerable to catastrophic weather events like hurricanes and heat waves. Saying "mother nature doesn't discriminate," ignores the fact that discrimination exacerbates her wrath.

It's Getting (Dangerously) Hot in Herre

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An Advertising Revolution: "Black People Are Not Dark-Skinned White People"

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An Advertising Revolution: "Black People Are Not Dark-Skinned White People"

How do you get black people to buy cigarettes made for cowboys and antebellum-style beer? Turns out, you don't. On this episode: Tom Burrell, who transformed the ad industry with a simple motto, "Black people are not dark-skinned white people."

An Advertising Revolution: "Black People Are Not Dark-Skinned White People"

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'I'm Not A Racist, I'm Argentine!'

A recent scuffle between an elotero and a pedestrian in Hollywood re-energized discussion about legalizing street vending in California.Adrian Floridohide caption

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'I'm Not A Racist, I'm Argentine!'

On this week's episode, a viral video gives us the opportunity to talk about racism towards and within the Latino community. When a Latino flipped over a street vendor's cart in Los Angeles, many were surprised it was a Latino-on-Latino incident. We'll talk about why the video is surprising and why it isn't.

'I'm Not A Racist, I'm Argentine!'

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The Unfinished Battle In the Capital Of The Confederacy

Monuments to Confederate generals and a church line Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va.Jay Paul/Getty Imageshide caption

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The Unfinished Battle In the Capital Of The Confederacy

As calls to remove Confederate memorials grow louder, we head to Richmond, Va., where the veneration of Confederate leaders has been a source of local pride — and revulsion — for more than a century.

The Unfinished Battle In the Capital Of The Confederacy

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Charlottesville

White supremacists descended on Charlottesville to protest the pending removal of the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in the city's Emancipation Park.Julia Rendleman/APhide caption

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Charlottesville

After a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville spiraled into deadly violence, residents of the Virginia town do some soul-searching. Plus: a scholar on the politics of white resentment, and a GOP operative worries about the party's long-term future.

Charlottesville

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Who's Your Great-Great-Great-Great Granddaddy?
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Who's Your Great-Great-Great-Great Granddaddy?

Spit into a tube and get in touch with your ancestors! Or not. On this episode we interview the founder of a project that uses DNA tests to talk about race in America. And Kim TallBear, a Native American anthropologist, says why she thinks DNA tests don't really tell you much about yourself.

Who's Your Great-Great-Great-Great Granddaddy?

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The U.S. Census and Our Sense of Us
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The U.S. Census and Our Sense of Us

The Census is so much more than cold, hard data. It's about what we call ourselves, the ways we see ourselves and how we're represented. On this episode we ask the former head of the Census bureau why he quit. We talk about how the Census helped create 'Hispanic' identity. And we talk through some of the proposed race and ethnicity categories that may show up on the 2020 questionnaire.

The U.S. Census and Our Sense of Us

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What's Good? Talking Hip-Hop and Race With Stretch & Bobbito

Hip Hop deejays Stretch Armstrong (right) aka Adrian Bartos and Bobbito (left) aka Robert Garcia became legends on The Stretch Armstrong Show during the 1990s. Back then, they were hip hop tastemakers on college station WKCR in New York City. Now they're back together hosting "What's Good? With Stretch and Bobbito," an NPR podcast.Nickolai Hammar/NPR/.hide caption

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What's Good? Talking Hip-Hop and Race With Stretch & Bobbito

Shereen and Gene mix it up with the pioneering hip-hop radio hosts Stretch and Bobbito. These impresarios ran a legendary show in New York City during most of the 1990s. Now they're hosting an interview podcast featuring guests like Stevie Wonder, Dave Chappelle and Mahershala Ali.

What's Good? Talking Hip-Hop and Race With Stretch & Bobbito

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What's So Wrong With African Americans Wearing African Clothes?

Is it cool for African-Americans to wear African tribal prints? Hana Baba and Leila Day of "The Stoop" podcast tackle the question.Neema Iyer for The Stoophide caption

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What's So Wrong With African Americans Wearing African Clothes?

Leila Day and Hana Baba are hosts of a new podcast called The Stoop. It features conversations black people have amongst themselves — but rarely in public. The pair swing by to talk with Shereen and Gene about their show, and share an episode about a very thorny question: Can African-Americans wear clothing and accessories that originated with African cultures they're not familiar with?

What's So Wrong With African Americans Wearing African Clothes?

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