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Many African-American parents feel it's essential to have "the talk" with their children.
Many African-American parents feel it's essential to have "the talk" with their children.

In the weeks since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., families across the country are discussing how they approach "the talk" — not the one about sex, but the talk about safety and how young people should conduct themselves in encounters with the police. This difficult conversation has been part of the black family experience for generations.

It's something that the guys in the Barbershop talked about on Tell Me More. All Things Considered host Melissa Block heard from Ferguson pastor Willis Johnson about "the talk" just after the Brown shooting. Steve Inskeep learned more about it on Morning Editionafter Trayvon Martin's death. And we have already heard from hundreds of you via Facebook and Twitter.

I moderated a live Twitter and Facebook chat with NPR's All Things Considered using #NPRTheTalk.

We asked some of our trusted sources around the country to join us on Twitter and Facebook, including:

Alexis Templeton @MusicOverPeople

Malik Washington @MalikWashington

Jeff Yang @OriginalSpin

Aracely Panameno @PanamenoAracely

Deepa Iyer @Dviyer

Larry Fellow III @GeekNStereo

Mathew Scott @MattScottGW

Elizabeth Broadbent @manicpixiemama

NPR's Davar Ardalan, Frederica Boswell of @NPRMichel and Serri Graslie of @NPRAtc were on Facebook and tweeted throughout the hour.

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Michel Martin is the weekend host of All Things Considered, where she draws on her deep reporting and interviewing experience to dig in to the week's news. Outside the studio, she has also hosted "Michel Martin: Going There," an ambitious live event series in collaboration with Member Stations.
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