The Same, But Different

August 6, 2006

Any day now, the United States will welcome the three hundred millionth American. He or she may be a new born baby, or someone who comes across the border – legally or illegally.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll look at America’s changing demographics, and consider the price of assimilation. Also, Roberto Clemente, the man who civilized major league baseball for Latino players.

  1. William Frey on Demographics and Immigration

    The demographics of the United States are changing: how does the latest wave of immigration fit into the historical pattern?

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  2. David Maraniss on Roberto Clemente

    David Maraniss talks with Jim Fleming about Robert Clemente and how he changed major league baseball for Latin-American players in the U.S.

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  3. Fernanda Eberstadt on Gypsies

    Fernanda Eberstadt talks with Steve Paulson about the gypsy community of Perpignan. They’ve lived in this southern French city for some 500 years but don’t consider themselves French.

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  4. Samuel Freedman on American Jews

    Journalist Samuel Freedman says that American Jews are free to assimilate to whatever extent they choose, but this very freedom has caused new tensions and divisions within the Tribe.

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  5. Thomas Lynch on "Booking Passage"

    Thomas Lynch has written a memoir of his relatives from County Clare and the story of how he found his way back to the old county.

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