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06:59

A Musical Tribute to the Survivors of Japanese Internment.

Jazz pianist Sumi Tonooka plays an excerpt from "Out From Silence," a work inspired by her mother's internment in a camp for Japanese-American during World War II. Tonooka is joined by Ronnie Seldin, playing the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese flute.

03:48

New Terminology for Minority Groups

Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers how the ways communities describe themselves is changing. The emergence of the term "African American" is of particular interest; Nunberg thinks it suggests a shift away from appearance toward place of origin.

06:42

Doo-Wop's History of Racial Integration

Rock historian Ed Ward looks at some of the early integrated doo-wop groups. He says unlike today's white acts which appropriate black styles, those early groups truly mixed black and white performers and black and white musical styles.

04:27

Why EuroDisney is Failing.

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg, who is currently living outside of Paris, describes his experience taking his daughter to EuroDisney.

05:48

Rock, Pop, and Race.

Rock critic Ken Tucker comments on the way rock music may be once again uniting people of different race and class again.

03:49

On Being the First.

Commentator Gerald Early reflects on his wife's work with the Junior League of St. Louis. She is the first African-American woman to be elected president of that city's chapter.

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