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Week of September 14, 2014

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Split Identities

September 14, 2014

Who are you? White or black, Muslim or Christian, working class or wealthy? Most of us rotate through many different cultural identities, at work and at home. And sometimes, reconciling them is hard.

  1. Becoming Biracial

    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.

    Average: 3 (3 votes)
  2. Mixed Feelings

    Producer Rehman Tungekar talks with Anne Strainchamps about growing up in a multi-ethnic family.

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  3. Hybrid Identities

    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.

    Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
  4. Sonic Sidebar: Richard Rodriguez on "Brown"

    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."

    Average: 5 (2 votes)
  5. Culture Clash

    Cultural scientist Alana Conner believes we all navigate different identities, and not just along racial or ethnic lines. She finds many cultural conflicts boil down to two competing types of selves.

    Average: 5 (2 votes)
  6. BookMark: Stoner

    Steve Almond recommends "Stoner" by John Williams.

    Average: 3.3 (3 votes)
  7. On Our Minds: Public Higher Education

    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.

    Average: 4.7 (3 votes)

1001 Nights (Repeat)

September 14, 2014

The bedtime stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin are enchanting stories. They’re also much more: violent, sexually explicit, political, and feminist.

  1. 1001 Nights 101


    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. 

    Average: 4.4 (5 votes)
  2. 1001 Nights: A Retelling - Hanan Al-Shaykh


    Sheherezade –  the world’s first feminist. Lebanese writer Hanan Al-Shaykh has re-told some of her stories in a new collection.

    Average: 5 (4 votes)
  3. SONIC SIDEBAR: Orhan Pamuk on The Arabian Nights


    How relevant are 1001 Nights today? Well, they’re still a powerful influence for some very famous writers. Here' Turkish author, Orhan Pamuk.

    You can also hear our interview with Pamuk on his novel "Snow."

    Average: 4.8 (4 votes)
  4. Salman Rushdie on "Luka and the Fire of Life"


    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.

    You can also hear many more interviews with Rushdie.


    Average: 4.8 (5 votes)
  5. BookMark: Vikram Chandra reviews “The King Must Die” by Mary Renault

    BookMark: Vikram Chandra reviews “The King Must Die” by Mary Renault.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  6. On Our Minds: Iran

    Mamek Khadem's soundtrack for an art installation commemorating the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.

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