Code Switch
6:03 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Grace Lee Boggs, Activist And American Revolutionary, Turns 100

Grace sits before a "Welcome Friends" sign in her home.
Courtesy of American Revolutionary

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 9:47 pm

Grace Lee Boggs, who has spent much of her life advocating for civil rights and labor rights, became such a noted figure in Detroit's Black Power movement that people assumed she must be partially black. In some of her FBI files, Boggs, who is Chinese-American, was described as "probably Afro Chinese."

(We'll let that sit with you for a moment.)

And that's not the only assumption she's defied. For almost a century — she turned 100 Saturday — she's challenged how people think about their own activism.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Learning The Hard Way Why You Just Shouldn't GetTooClose

Adolfo Valle for NPR

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 9:32 am

As a newcomer in the United States, I have made many cultural gaffes. Some were not such a big deal, some were mildly embarrassing and some were, well, quite painful.

When I first started working in the U.S., I followed my boss into the restroom one day. There were five urinals and all of them were free. He went to the one at the far end. I wondered why he didn't go to the one that was closest to him. I chose the urinal right next to him. Standing beside him, I said, "It's a nice day today, isn't it?"

He didn't respond.

"Nice day, isn't it?" I repeated.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sat June 27, 2015

A Boy Won't Let A Lion Get His Goat

A little boy and his goat have an encounter with a painted lion in West Bengal, India.
Courtesy of Partha Kar

A boy, a goat and a lion.

Those are the stars of an award-winning photo called Friendship.

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Sports
4:43 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

ESPN Brings Betting Talk To The Mainstream

This year's ESPN NCAA basketball coverage did not shy away from talking about the ordinarily sensitive topic of betting as much as it has in the past.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 6:00 pm

Walk into a bar or spend some time in an airport and there's a good chance ESPN is on TV. What happens on its ever-present SportsCenter, airing live 18 times daily, resonates with sports fans around the country. So it matters that over the past couple of years, ESPN has increased coverage of what's always been an extremely sensitive topic for leagues and TV networks — sports betting.

ESPN says it wants to be more direct about a topic broadcasters have dealt with circuitously, often with a wink and nod, rather than in the direct language of gambling.

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It's All Politics
3:29 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

How Key Republicans Helped Obama To Biggest Week Of His Second Term

President Obama had one of the best weeks of his second term. And he has some key Republicans to thank for it.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 4:43 pm

With his eulogy Friday for the slain pastor and parishioners of "Mother Emanuel" AME Church in Charleston, S.C., President Obama concluded the most shining week of his second term.

The president praised the leadership of South Carolina for its response to the Charleston killings, especially their decision to take down the Confederate battle flag that has long flown either on or next to the state Capitol in Columbia.

"By taking down that flag, we expressed God's grace," the president said. "For too long, we've been blind to past injustices."

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