Aired: March 10, 2017

Nation of Nations

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  • A Cuban in Mayberry (14 min.)

    With: Gustavo Pérez-Firmat (Columbia University)

    In 1960, eleven-year-old Gustavo Pérez-Firmat came to the States as an exile from Cuba. In his new book, A Cuban in Mayberry, Pérez-Firmat discovers that even though a Cuban would never exist in a town like The Andy Griffith Show’s Mayberry, he feels that in a way, Mayberry is home.

  • A Nation of Nations (14 min.)

    With: Tom Gjelten (NPR)

    With immigration on the rise, soon the United States will no longer be majority white. Tom Gjelten, NPR correspondent and author of the new book, A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, says that in the last fifty years, our immigrant population has tripled.

  • Border Odyssey (11 min.)

    With: Charlie Thompson Jr. (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

    In his new book, Border Odyssey, Charles Thompson Jr. tells the story of his journey from a small organic farm in North Carolina to the nearly 2,000 mile long border between the United States and Mexico.

  • The Cherokee Identity (13 min.)

    With: Gregory Smithers (Virginia Commonwealth University)

    When it comes to immigration, Gregory Smithers says an influx of foreigners with a desire to share your resources is nothing new to the Cherokee. In his new book, The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement and Identity, Smithers describes the Cherokee evolution from one community into a people of multiple communities.

  • Immigrants and America

    Populist, national movements are on the rise in the West, many of them relying on anti-immigrant sentiment as a rallying point. NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten says that despite this rising sentiment, America has successfully integrated large populations of immigrants in the past and will continue to do so. Allison Quantz has the story.

  • The Short Listen: Cherokee Country

    The evolution of one of America’s first nations: The Cherokee.


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