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Changing Races Series From NPR

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Apr 10, 2013 10:01 AM

No longer is the U.S. a mostly-white country with a few prominent minorities; we're well on our way to being a truly multiracial society. As our racial composition changes, what can we learn from the racial shifts happening in different places all over the country?

Code Switch, NPR's multi-platform core reporting team for coverage on race, ethnicity and culture, launches this month with their blog debut on April 8th and their four-part series "Changing Races" beginning April 15th on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on witf.

Blurring The Color Lines - NPR.org; Monday, April 15th
Some of the most concrete manifestations of America's changing cultural landscape are changes in pop culture and language. NPR's Gene Demby looks at the shift in hip-hop culture as it's moved well beyond black America to become a global, multiethnic phenomenon.

Code Switching - Morning Edition; Monday, April 15th
What does it mean to code switch, why do we do it, and what does it say about us? NPR's Hansi Lo Wang shows us the many ways we shift how we express our race, ethnicity and culture in daily conversation.

Korean Diversity - All Things Considered; Monday, April 15th
Passive. nerdy. Sexless. Asian-American males have begun to fight back against those stereotypes in myriad ways. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates talks to Korean American rapper Dumbfoundead, and a filmmaker who aims to show Korean diversity.

Oakland In Transition - Morning Edition; Tuesday, April 16th
Oakland, California is one of the most diverse cities in the country and it's gone through a couple of demographic shifts to get there. NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji offers a snapshot of a modern city in transition.

Changing Suburbs - All Things Considered; Tuesday, April 16th
America's suburbs will see some of the most dramatic demographic shifts over the next three decades. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang visits Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, home to one of the largest Liberian communities outside of the West African country.

Hear all these stories on witf FM, your home for NPR News and All Things Regional. 

About The Team

NPR formed the core reporting team to deepen coverage of race, ethnicity and culture with a grant from the CPB. The team plans to draw on multiple cultural perspectives to cover undervalued topics like food, romance, language and sports with a sense of humor and a conversational tone.

Gene Demby, founder of the blog PostBourgie and former journalist at The New York Times and Huffington Post, is the team's blogger and correspondent. Shereen Marisol Meraji is a reporter, joining correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates at NPR West in Culver City, CA. Rounding out the team are apprentice journalists Kat Chow and Hansi Lo Wang, editor Luis Clemens, and supervisor Matt Thompson.

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