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Reckoning With Race

Mar 29, 2018

For over a century, Americans have looked to National Geographic to learn about other people and cultures around the world.

Now for the first time ever, the magazine has acknowledged its “exotic” portrayals of other cultures, which it was known for during much of its history, were based on racist ideas.

This hour, we talk about race.

People used to believe race was a division in the human species determined by biology. Scientists now say that’s not exactly true.

So if race isn’t based on science, what is it, and why does it still affect our lives so profoundly?

And it's 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.  How does race continue to shape our nation, half a century later?

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

**Where We Live asked National Geographic's Editor and Chief and Executive Editor for Culture to speak on the show, but they declined**

The City of West Hartford is commemorating Dr. King's "I've been to the Mountaintop" speech at an event on Tuesday, April 3 at 6pm at Blue Back Square. Learn more here.