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January 15, 2007

Black, White and In Love


The day dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King is an appropriate one for taking stock of racial dynamics in this country.  Dr. King of course dreamed of the day when people would be judged by the content of their character, and not by the color of their skin.  One way to see how far his dream has been realized is in love relationships.

With an estimated five percent of all marriages in America now involving people of different races, Melanie McFarland and Dave Knopes are among a small but growing number of racially mixed couples. In fact, nearly ten percent of what sociologists call "cohabitation unions" are between partners of different races. But even though the numbers of interracial couple are rising, Melanie and Dave find that race still makes a difference - and even made them a target in their old neighborhood.

Dick talks to Melanie and David about their experiences as an interracial couple in America and what those experiences have taught them about being black and white in America. 


Bucket boysThe Bucket Boys are from Chicago's South Side.  They grew up with violence and chaos.  But they've risen from being street performers, who'd play anywhere for loose change and small bills, to jet-setting professionals. 

They were "discovered" in the late summer of 2002.  Someone from the Chicago Bulls front office saw them while shopping and had them perform during a home game.  They got a standing ovation, and have never looked back. In 2004, they performed at the NBA All-Star Game with the likes of OutKast, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce.  

They talk to Dick about the way drumming on plastic buckets has transformed their lives.

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