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Michele Norris

  • Through powerful monologues, Anna Deavere Smith has tackled race riots, integration and health care. In Notes from the Field, she's using her characters to explore the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is finishing a run on her latest work, "Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1,2 & 3)" at The Public Theater in New York.
  • NPR's Michele Norris continues her conversation with Marc Quarles for The Race Card Project. Quarles six words are: With Kids, I'm Dad; Alone: Thug.
  • A huge hit upon its release, the 1949 musical South Pacific still resonates with contributors to The Race Card Project — particularly a song about how prejudice is learned, not innate.
  • Although he was known principally as a political adviser and campaign strategist, Karl Rove has been a critical part of the White House policy operation as well. The adviser's departure could have wide repercussions.
  • U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has been on the defensive this month amidst a scandal about the student-loan industry, and accusations from Congress that her department has not provided sufficient oversight. Spellings says the industry is not entirely within her jurisdiction.
  • Jay Waite, an associate director of the U.S. Census Bureau, talks about new methods used to measure demographic change. Surveys conducted once a decade are not sufficient for local planners. So data will now be available that is only a year old, covering everything from Internet access to language issues.
  • In a closely watched court case in Mississippi, a federal judge rules that a couple cannot collect damages from Hurricane Katrina's storm surge because their insurance policy excludes flood damage. The ruling could set a precedent for thousands of other cases.
  • The police might have made arrests earlier than they'd planned because the attack seemed imminent. Kim Sengupta, defense correspondent for the Independent, talks about the investigation into the plot to blow up airliners and the belief that the ringleaders have been caught.
  • An Argentine dad who loves Brazilian music, a Swedish childhood listening to Western pop, a stint in a hard-core metal band ... that['s the curious pedigree of singer-guitarist Jose Gonzalez, who can bring a hushed, haunting quality even to Kylie Minogue's pop hit "Hand on Your Heart." His music, well-known in Europe, is now finding an audience in the United States.