"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”
Reaction to Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech for Black History Month, his assertion that we are a “nation of cowards” on racial issues, and differing views on what we should be talking about when it comes to race.
- Abigail Thernstrom vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; co-author with her husband, historian Stephan Thernstrom, of "No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning" and "America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible." She has a forthcoming book, "Voting Rights and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections."
- Rinku Sen president and executive director of the Applied Research Center; publisher of "ColorLines" magazine; co-author, with Fekkak Mamdouh, of "The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization"
- Robert Woodson founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise; author, "The Triumphs of Joseph: How Community Healers are Reviving Our Streets and Neighborhoods"
- John Payton director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; lead counsel for the University of Michigan's successful defense of its use of race in the admissions process in two 2003 Supreme Court cases
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