Shows: December 26, 2006

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The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Divide

Why is it that 40 years after Civil Rights laws outlawed discrimination, people of color still have only 18 cents for every white dollar of wealth? We speak with MEIZHU LUI, one of the co-authors of The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Divide (The New Press & United for a Fair Economy, 2006) about the little-known but astonishingly decisive role of federal policies in creating a racial economic hierarchy.

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Outsiders Within: Writings on Transracial Adoption

Transracial adoption is in the news - Madonna's adoption of a Malawian "orphan" and new Chinese foreign adoption restrictions which prevent prospective parents who are single, obese, or suffer from depression from adopting Chinese babies. The traditional transracial adoption debate is portrayed as two-sided, beween those who argue that "love sees no color" and those who believe that white children of color are harmed when raised outside their community. Hardly heard within these debates are the voices of transracial adoptees themselves. Join us as we examine the growing transracial adoptee movement within the contexts of globalization, reproductive justice, and immigrant rights with SUN YUNG SHIN, one of the editors of the new anthology, Outsiders Within: Writings on Transracial Adoption (South End Press, 2006).

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The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients

The multinational pharmaceutical industry in its quest to develop lucrative new drugs has begun quietly exporting its clinical research business to the developing world, where ethical oversight is minimal, and desperate patients abundant. To learn more about the relationship between the FDA and big pharmaceutical companies and why developing country governments encourage clinical trials of their citizens, we speak with investigative journalist SONIA SHAH, author of The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients (The New Press, 2006).

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Musical Selections from M the Opera

What does love, murder, and fashion in Kuala Lumpur sound like? We listen to some tracks from the recently staged Malaysian production, M the Opera, which contain a unique orchestral backdrop of both western and traditional Malay instruments. More at www.mtheopera.com

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