Lacey Schwartz was raised in a white, upper middle class, Jewish household in upstate New York. After going off to college she uncovered a closely guarded family secret — she was biracial. Lacey chronicles the revelation and her own search for identity in the documentary Little White Lie.
In his book, A Chinaman's Chance, former Clinton speechwriter Eric Liu reflects on his own Chinese American identity. He tells Steve Paulson how multiculturalism is challenging traditional notions of what it means to be American.
Writer Richard Rodriguez views his so-called brown identity as a racial mixture, dating back to the colonization of the Americas. He tells us why he celebrates being brown, and embraces the term "Hispanic."
With colleges back in session, we're thinking about higher education this week. Christopher Newfield teaches literature and American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He believes rising tuition and reduced state funding are threatening the nation's public universities.
The Thousand and One Nights have been told and re-told for centuries, censored and banned in the Middle East, and made into cheesy Disney movies for kids. But have you ever read them? Here's the backstory with Steve Paulson.
The first stories in "Thousand and One Nights" were written down in the ninth century. They’ve been added to over the years. In some ways, it’s not so much a book as a living river of stories. Some of the most recent additions come from the celebrated novelist Salman Rushdie.