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It's Time for More Diversity in Mainstream Media

David Sim.
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When NPR launched a network-wide “diversity project” in 2012, the aim was for the network to sound more like America. Three years later, race and diversity issues are in the news like never before –- from stories about immigration, to police conduct, to how we interact on social media. 

This hour, two leaders of NPR’s project join us to look more closely at how the media covers diversity, and how we talk about it in society.

We also hear from a scholar whose criticism of the “whiteness of public radio" has gained a lot of attention lately, and got us thinking about how our voice can be more reflective of the multicultural communities around us.


  • Keith Woods - NPR Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations
  • Luis Clemens - NPR’s Senior Editor for Diversity
  • Chenjerai Kumanyika - Assistant professor in Clemson University’s Communication Studies Department

Chion Wolf contributed to this show. 

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