Many French people favor the English word "black" over the local equivalent "noir." Why? There's a history behind it that dates back decades — in fact, two histories: the French version seeks to be color-blind while the American one recognizes race at every turn.
Sometimes it can feel like children of immigrants in the United States have a duty to be grateful. But Bianca Tylek felt she had to speak out — after the public defacement of black faculty portraits at Harvard Law.
For years the Arab world was inspired by scenes of the Palestinian intifada. But now many in the West Bank say it's unlikely that Palestinians will be inspired to protest by the waves of unrest sweeping the Arab world. Daniel Estrin reports from Ramalla
In official China, Mandarin is favored over all other dialects. That has had a knock-on effect here in the US, where Cantonese used to be the dominant Chinese language. Reporter Nina Porzucki reports from New York on how Cantonese is faring.
Many pinpoint the start of the Civil Rights movement in the United States to Rosa Parks, refusing to give up her seat on a bus. Over half-a-century later, African-American and Latino communities are still struggling with unequal transit systems.
Joining us to discuss what Halle Berry's comments say about biracial identity and race in America is Kai Wright, editor of ColorLines.com. He says that the conversation about race in America is ongoing and complex.
In his new book, "The Invisible Line," Daniel Sharfstein looks at three families that were once identified as black and are now viewed as white. These stories are ones of pride as white families reconnect with their African-American roots.