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On its 50th anniversary, we look at the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, which has changed the face of America. A nation dominated by white people from Europe has become a real ethnic melting pot — with lasting consequences — social, economic and political.

Also on the program, with Israel and the Palestinians back at the UN, we hear how a street in Jerusalem demonstrates their differences -- physically and symbolically.

Photo: Chris

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Evan George
Katie Cooper

More Russian Air Strikes in Syria Confound Washington 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Today Russian war planes carried out a second day of air strikes in Syria. Although Moscow claims to be targeting ISIS, the strikes have hit other rebel groups fighting against the Syrian government – including some backed by the US. Shane Harris, national security correspondent for the Daily Beast, has been speaking with US officials about the air strikes.

Guests:
Shane Harris, The Daily Beast (@ShaneHarris)

America Really Is a Melting Pot, After All 34 MIN, 10 SEC

Nobody expected it, but the Immigration Act of 1965 quadrupled the number of new arrivals, increasing the population by 59 million people. Before then, the law favored Anglos from Europe. Their share of the population was 84%. Now it's just 62% -- less than half in cities like LA and Houston. On this 50th anniversary, we hear how the law is still changing the face of America — with Asian immigrants now outnumbering Latinos.


President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Immigration Act as Vice President Hubert Humphrey,
Lady Bird Johnson, Muriel Humphrey, Sen. Edward Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy look on.
Liberty Island, New York on October 3, 1965
Official White House photo by Yoichi Okamoto

Guests:
Stephen Klineberg, Rice University (@SteveKlineberg)
Jeffrey Passel, Pew Research Center (@pewresearch)
Jack Tchen, New York University (@mocanyc)
Ali Noorani, National Immigration Forum (@NatImmForum)

More:
Pew Center report, "Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 million to US"
Zócalo on how US immigration policy got to be such a mess
National Academy of Sciences on immigrants' integration into American society

Yellow Peril!

John Kuo Wei Tchen

A Street at the Epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 9 MIN, 24 SEC

As the Israeli-Palestinian stand-off continues, there's no place that demonstrates the complexity of the issues that a street in Jerusalem called “The Alley of God.” It's now the subject of the book A Street Divided by Wall Street Journal reporter Dion Nissenbaum.

Guests:
Dion Nissenbaum, Wall Street Journal (@DionNissenbaum)

A Street Divided

Dion Nissenbaum

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