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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.
  • Nearly 12 percent of all live births are premature and the newborns at risk for serious medical problems. But researchers find a hormone -- progesterone -- that significantly lowers rates of early births. Hear NPR's Michele Norris and Dr. Paul Meis, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wake Forest University.
  • NPR's Michele Norris talks with Lynne Duke, author of Mandela, Mobutu and Me: A Bittersweet Journal of Africa. Duke talks about her memoir of her experiences as the Johannesburg bureau chief for The Washington Post. From 1995 to 1999, she covered wars, epidemics, and political upheaval all over Africa. The book is published by Doubleday.
  • NPR's Michele Norris talks with NPR's Anne Garrels in Baghdad about Iraq's response to Secretary of State Powell's presentation at the Security Council today. Two of Saddam Hussein's top advisers were made available to reporters in the Iraqi capital shortly after Secretary Powell completed his presentation.
  • A federal judge has restored high school basketball standout LeBron James' eligiblity to play for his school. The young man who is expected to turn pro right out of high school was declared ineligible by the Ohio Athletic Association because he'd accepted valuable jerseys from a Cleveland sporting goods store, a violation of the code of conduct for high school athletes. NPR's Michele Norris speaks with Vincent Duffy of member station WKSU in Kent, Oh.
  • Secretary of State Colin Powell is set to address the U.N. Security Council tomorrow to present new evidence that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is hiding weapons. NPR's Michele Norris and NPR's Robert Siegel remark on how Powell's appearance at the United Nations is reminiscent of Adlai Stevenson's famous speech during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • NPR's Michele Norris talks with Boston University History professor Robert Dallek about everything President George W. Bush has to juggle at this time, and compares it to other Presidents in history. Dallek is the author of Hail to the Chief: The Making and Unmaking of American Presidents.