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Aug. 03, 2012

On Friday's Afternoon Shift we continue our discussion of race by considering the concept of whiteness.

Race Pt. 1-The Un-Fair Campaign in Duluth, Minnesota has attracted a lot of attention for its provocative billboards addressing the concept of “white privilege” in the city. We talk with the editor of the Duluth News Tribune, Robin Washington, to discuss the campaign and the impact it’s having on the residents of Duluth.

Race Pt. 2- What is “whiteness,” and how are definitions of race created? And have those definitions changed over time and across cultures?

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Race Pt. 3-  University of Illinois at Chicago professor Maria Krysan joins us to explain how comfortable different racial groups are with different levels of residential integration and diversity. We’ll also talk with Rob Breymaier, Executive Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center. For the past 40 years, the center has tried to match renters and landlords in a way that promotes integrated neighborhoods.

3@3- The prodigal son returns. WBEZ alum Ammad Omar gives us his high falootin’ Beltway take on the biggest stories of the week.  He’s joined by WBEZ’s tenacious Criminal Justice reporter (and alleged bronze medalist for the Canadian Dressage team) Rob Wildeboer.

Marc Maron- The comic and host of the successful podcast (and some-time radio show) WTF has the tables turned. Instead of asking the questions, he’ll be answering them.