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Listen Longer 11/13: Race in America

November 16, 2015  • Aspen Institute Staff

This past week Aspen Institute Radio focused on race as it relates to both our society and economy. The episode includes conversations about the current state of US race relations, the Civil Rights Movement, and the job market for minorities in the new economy.

Aspen Institute Radio, our two-hour radio show, airs every Saturday and Sunday on SiriusXM Insight (channel 121). Each episode dives into the topics that inform the world around us. Here in our weekly Listen Longer posts, we’ll recap each episode and show where you can read, watch, and listen to more. Don’t have SiriusXM? Try it free for a month here

The Race Card Project: Say What?

Michele Norris’ Peabody Award-winning exercise The Race Card Project taps into private discourses on race. The Project calls for people from all over the world to submit six-word essays on race and cultural identity. Some are funny. Many are painful. But all have formed the basis for a powerful theatrical production that takes audiences deep inside the beating heart of unique racial experiences.

Tech Jobs for People of Color

The tech industry is failing when it comes to diversity. Despite the fact that there are more computer science jobs than ever, just one in 14 technical employees in Silicon Valley is African American or Hispanic. How can this country address the racial gap in tech fields?

Taylor Branch on the Civil Rights Movement 

Taylor Branch, author of the acclaimed “America in the King Years” trilogy, discusses his latest book, “The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement.” The novel explores how the 1960s transformed race relations, as told through 18 essential events from the Civil Rights Movement.

Policing in America after Ferguson and Garner 

Events in Ferguson, MO; Staten Island, NY; and other parts of the US have put race relations at the forefront of American minds. Minority citizens in these communities fear being wrongfully targeted by police officers, while police officers fear possible threats and violence themselves. How do we resolve this racial tension to best protect the rights and lives of all Americans?