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Piano Prodigy Andre Watts.

Andre Watts was famous as a piano prodigy by the age of 16. He was born in Germany to a Hungarian mother and an African American father, and moved to Philadelphia at the age of 8. He joins the show to discuss his life and career.


August Darnell on Being "Kid Creole" and Fusing Musical Influences.

August Darnell, lead singer of Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Kid Creole is the dapper stage persona of August Darnell, a wildly inventive showman whose music fuses salsa, rock, jazz, reggae, funk and rap. The group has found fame in Europe and South America, but success in America has proven elusive.


Author Norma Field Discusses Growing Up Biracial in Japan.

Author Norma Field. Field teaches Japanese literature at the University Chicago and was born to a Japanese mother and an American father. Her new book, "In the Realm Of A Dying Emperor," tells the true stories of three Japanese who went against the ultra-conformist Japanese society, and the condemnation they suffered. (It's published by Pantheon). (Interview by Marty Moss-Coane)


Journalist Yelena Khanga on Her Family's Global, Mixed-Race History

Khanga's new book, "Soul to Soul," is about her family's multi-cultural, multi-ethnic background. Her grandparents met in jail where they were being held for political activism. Her grandfather was African-American and her grandmother Jewish. They moved to Russia, where Khanga was later born.


From the Archives: Remembering Joseph Vasquez.

Independent filmmaker Joseph Vasquez. His movie, "Hangin' With The Homeboys," was a semi autobiographical movie about Vasquez' home neighborhood in the South Bronx. He won a 1991 Sundance Film Festival award for the screenplay, which he wrote in three days. Vasquez died earlier this week of complications related to the AIDS virus. He had recently finished work on a new film, "Manhattan Meringue." (REBROADCAST from 6/17/91)


Growing Up "Divided to the Vein."

National Correspondent for U.S. News and World Report Scott Minerbrook. He writes regularly for public radio and his work has appeared in a myriad of publications including The New York Times, and Emerge, where he is a contributing editor. He has received several awards, most recently one from the National Association of Black Journalists. His new book "Divided to the Vein: A Journey into Race and Family" (Harcourt Brace & Co.) discusses the racism he encountered within his own family as the son of a white woman and a black man. (Interview by Marty Moss-Coane)


Activist Johnny Spain on Finding Power in His Biracial Heritage

The organizer and former Black Panther member was born to a white mother and black father in the South. When he was six years old, he was adopted by a black family in California. His mother sent him away for his own safety, but he never understood why, and grew up feeling abandoned. At 17 he was sent to prison after killing a man during an aborted mugging. In prison he met George Jackson who changed his life by exposing him to the teachings of the Black Panther movement. Spain became a leader in the Black Panther Movement in prison.


Zadie Smith: 'On Beauty' and Difference

Best-selling author Zadie Smith's new book, On Beauty, follows the lives of two mixed-race families in a fictional New England college town. Smith's previous work includes the novel White Teeth.

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