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From the red state of Mississippi to the blue state of California; from the Midwest to the Ivy League, racially charged incidents on college and university campuses are on the increase. What happened to the expectation that the "millennial generation" would live in "a post racial society?" Also, who's in charge in Crimea? On today's Talking Point, will reality beat fiction for Sunday's Oscars? 

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Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb
Gideon Brower

Who's in Charge in Crimea? 7 MIN, 50 SEC

The New York Times reports that "armed men of uncertain allegiance" took up position at two airports in Ukraine's Crimean region today. At a news conference in Russia, Viktor Yanukovych claimed that he's still President, adding this about Vladimir Putin, "I think that Russia should and must act, and knowing the character of Vladimir Putin, I am surprised why he is, until now he is still so restrained and not talking." The Times' Moscow correspondent, Andrew Kramer, joins us today from Kiev, Ukraine's capital city.

Andrew Kramer, New York Times (@AndrewKramerNYT)

Fifty Years after the Civil Rights Era: Racism on Campus 34 MIN, 34 SEC

The election of America's first black President led to predictions that the US was on its way to becoming "post-racial," led by the "millennial generation." But at colleges and universities, in blue states as well as red, complaints about racially charged incidents have increased by 55% since 2009. Limits on affirmative action have cut the number of students of color on campus, and those that make it say being admitted is not the same as being accepted. Does the very idea of becoming "post racial" diminish pride in one's ethnic and racial background? 

Tanzina Vega, New York Times (@tanzinavega)
Robert Greenfield, University of Michigan (@robTG4)
Katrina Linden, Notre Dame (@kittykatrina8)
Koritha Mitchell, Ohio State University (@ProfKori)
Kevin Harbour, UCLA Black Alumni Association (@BlackBruinAlum)

California's Proposition 209 (1996)
Michigan's Proposition 2 (2006)
Mitchell's 'Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890 - 1930'
Vega on colleges grappling with racial tension

Living with Lynching

Koritha Mitchell

Is Fact Worth More than Fiction at the Oscars? 8 MIN, 45 SEC

Nine films are up for Best Picture when the Academy of Motion Pictures hands out the Oscars on Sunday. All but three are based, at least roughly, on real events. Will some version of fact trump fiction? What about box office? Kim Masters is editor-at-large for the Hollywood Reporter and host of The Business, about the business of show-business, on KCRW.

Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)


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