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NPR Host Interviews in 2014: Michele Norris Eavesdrops on Race

Michele Norris

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back on our favorite Essential Pittsburgh stories and guests from 2014. Today we’re highlighting some of our favorite interviews with NPR personalities.

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Last October, award-winning NPR journalist and former All Things Considered co-host Michele Norris gave a talk entitled “Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race” in conjunction with the exhibit “Race: Are We So Different?” at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

In 2010, Ms. Norris released her first book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which focuses on how America talked about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election and explores her own family’s racial legacy. She is currently a host and special correspondent for NPR, which inspired her talk.

“The national narrative around race -- the big conversation -- it often hinges on really big moments, like the unrest in Ferguson, or the shooting of Trayvon Martin, or the election of a Black president, or the debates over immigration or Asian quotas in universities. But what people often write about [for the Race Card Project] are little teeny moments in their lives.”

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