Conversations on Immigration
Jun 12, 2006 — Comedian Carlos Mencia's routines feature a stream of observations and questions about race and ethnicity. His own experiences are as complex as his lineage. He says America would benefit from more assimilation.
Jun 13, 2006 — John Updike has made a career out of chronicling American culture. In his new novel, Terrorist, he tells the story of a young Muslim who is repelled by it.
Jun 14, 2006 — Making English the official language has been one of the hottest flashpoints in the U.S. immigration debate. Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos says Spanish is already the primary language in many communities around the country amid a "demographic revolution."
Jun 15, 2006 — President Bush recently warned against the "harsh, ugly rhetoric" in the debate over immigration. Author Juan Enriquez says the brutal language being used in that debate threatens to tear the country apart.
Jun 16, 2006 — Traci Hong understands the frustrations and ambitions of immigrants. Hong, an immigration advocate who herself emigrated as a child from South Korea, says proposals to make English the official language are misguided.
Jun 16, 2006 — Steve Inskeep and Linda Wertheimer read from listeners' letters. This week, many people wrote in about coverage of 20-somethings who still live at home and about Spanish speakers who live in the United States.