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Last year, in a speech at the Justice Department, attorney general Eric Holder called Americans cowards when it comes to talking honestly about race. He said, “Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we average Americans simply do not talk enough with each other about race.” Why is it so difficult to have conversations about race? In this hour of Radio Times we’ll talk with two scholars — JOHN L. JACKSON of the University of Pennsylvania and MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY of Princeton –whose research and writing focuses on race in America. We’ll ask if we talk differently about race now than we did in the height of the civil rights movement? And, has the presidency of Barack Obama changed the way we think about race?