The Justice and Interior Departments are expanding a program that connects tribal law enforcement with national crime databases. The initiative has helped solve crimes and register sex offenders.
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks NYU professor Kwame Anthony Appiah about the role of identity — gender, party, class — in politics.
Black men are hit hardest by prostate cancer, but they are underrepresented in research. Researchers held focus groups in three states to understand why.
Steve Inskeep talks to Hua Hsu, of The New Yorker, about how activism in some Asian-American communities helped propel a lawsuit against Harvard University over its affirmative action policies.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has spent millions providing round-the-clock protection to guard graves and memorials dedicated to Confederate soldiers.
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Harvard University senior Sally Chen about why she supports the university's admissions process as the school defends its policies in court this week.
Retail giant Sears has filed for bankruptcy. Historian Louis Hyman of Cornell reflects with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly on the impact the Sears catalog had for African-Americans during the Jim Crow era.
Olympic sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos won gold and bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Their raised-fist salute outraged many viewers — and still resonates today.
David W. Blight's opus manages to be both a celebration of a remarkable life and a sober reminder of the many ways in which our terrible times are shaped by those Douglass lived through.
Steve Inskeep talks to Chuck Hoskin, Cherokee Nation secretary of state, about a DNA test that Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren took that shows she has Native American ancestry.
In the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, two Americans won medals for the 200-meter race. And then in a move that still echoes, they raised their fists in the black power salute on the podium.
The author of Man Booker Prize finalist Washington Black began her new book on a plantation in 1830s Barbados. "I really have no idea where my story is going at the outset of it," she says.
A federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in Harvard University's admissions process goes to court this week. It could have big consequences for higher education.
Sixty years ago, a Mexican folk tune sung entirely in Spanish became a rock and roll phenomenon. Generations after Ritchie Valens, young Latinos are still harnessing its power.
RJ Young developed an interest in guns in order to bond with his white father-in-law. The experience is chronicled is his new book, Let It Bang.
A new A&E documentary highlights the stand-up comedian's breakout HBO special.
NPR's Code Switch podcast looks at race and identity in America. In this episode, NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby talk about transracial adoption.
NPR's Scott Simon recalls the life of Taliaferro, who died this week at a nursing home in Mason, Ohio. He was 91.
In conservative Orange County, a growing Asian-American population could have an impact on some key competitive House races in the midterms.
Officer Jason Van Dyke shot the teenager 16 times in 2014. The case gained national attention after the police dashcam video was released.
Final arguments were given on Thursday in the murder trial of Jason Van Dyke, who shot teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. The killing sparked weeks of unrest and resulted in political fallout.
The men are said to be linked to a militant white supremacist street-fighting club based in Southern California. "They were essentially serial rioters," said U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen.
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to Kimberlé Crenshaw about the role of race and gender in the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings and how it compares to Anita Hill's testimony. Crenshaw helped Hill's legal team.
A debate was sparked on Twitter when someone pointed out that the curator of the hip-hop archive at the National Museum of African American History and Culture is white.
For more than a century, it has been a racial slur. But there's also a movement to reclaim the term. So, what about Yellow?
Guyger has said she mistakenly entered the wrong apartment in her complex and shot a man she thought was a burglar. She was later arrested and charged with manslaughter.
Derek Black once promoted a racist agenda by making speeches, hosting a radio show and starting a website. His change of heart is the subject of a new book, written by journalist Eli Saslow.
Steve Inskeep talks to former diplomat Uzra Zeya about what she sees as declining diversity at the State Department. She worked there for 27 years but walked away from her job in the spring.
A new biography of the African-American playwright shows that she was so much more than her most famous work: A Raisin in the Sun.
Despite its origins in the popular music of the North, the song became the unofficial anthem of the Confederacy during the Civil War and still endures as a divisive symbol in modern America.