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Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment.  Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

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Smart Talk: Race -- Are We So Different?; Local woman and working families

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 14, 2014 2:54 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, July 15, 2014:

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Did you know that human beings are more alike than other living species, and that modern science cannot actually support separating people by race?  Despite this, race exists as a social and cultural concept that both divides and unites us.  “RACE: Are We So Different” is a new exhibit at the North Museum of Natural History and Science in Lancaster running until September 28.

RACE explores the science, history, and everyday impact of race.  This award-winning exhibition focuses on the impact of race in economic disparity and opportunity, health and medicine, education, and the use and misuse of science regarding race throughout history.  It also looks at how ideas of race have changed over time.  One part of the exhibit even asks guests to try sorting people by traits that scientists have used in the past as criteria to demarcate races from one another. 

Appearing on Wednesday's Smart Talk to discuss the exhibit and the subjects it addresses are Margie Marino, Executive Director, North Museum of Natural History & Science; Maureen Powers, Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Lancaster; Nick Miron, Racial and Gender Equality Advocate of the YWCA Lancaster; and Fran Rodriguez, Program Officer, Lancaster County Community Foundation.

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Margie Marino, Executive Director, North Museum of Natural History & Science and Maureen Powers, Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Lancaster

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Nick Miron, Racial and Gender Equality Advocate of the YWCA Lancaster and Fran Rodriguez, Program Officer, Lancaster County Community Foundation

Also on Smart Talk, Rochelle Cleaver will discuss gender equality in the workplace and support for working families.  Rochelle recently attended the White House Summit on Working Families, a conference held on issues facing the entire spectrum of working families—from low-wage workers to corporate executives.  She has been involved in the struggle for women’s rights and the rights of working families since the 1970s, and is an advocate for closing the wage gap between men and women.

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Rochelle Cleaver, activist for women's rights and the rights of working families

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  • afbi.abc img 2014-07-15 09:01

    Everyone has their preferences and they form our prejudices. When our prejudices are directed at and effect others than we have problems. We should look at an experiment done in the mid-west, in the sixties, by an elementary teacher with Blue eyes vs Brown eyes. A classic example of prejudices getting out of hand.