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Did Michael Brown receive the death penalty — only without any recourse to a fair trial? Criminal sentencing scholar Jelani Exum thinks so. Hear more from her along with 9 other provocative, thought-provoking takes on contemporary race issues within America.

The cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have rocked the world with questions of systemic racism and injustice. But beyond policy reform, what can ordinary people do to combat racism?

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Mellody Hobson asks us all to be open about race — not to avoid talking about it. Which is amazing — and a particularly useful message after a few weeks in which loud opinions about the subject have all but drowned out thoughtful discussion.