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Basic Black; Conversation With Roland Fryer


CAPTIONED MASTER Season 38 A Conversation with Roland Fryer Show #3708 Taped: 01/13/2006 Producer: Valerie Linson Length: 26:46 Broadcast date: May 25, 2006

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Basic Black
Conversation With Roland Fryer
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

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Roland Fryer is fast becoming a major voice in the study of economics. He was named a Rising Star by Fortune Magazine in 2005. Dr. Fryer uses economic research methods to confront issues of race and discrimination in contemporary American society. The conclusions he made in his study on the economic affects of having a "black name" as well as his conclusions about the achievement gap in his study on "acting white," have drawn both praise and controversy. Fryer's academic interests lie in the areas of applied theory, applied microeconomics, and labor economics. In this Basic Black interview, he talks about his research on affirmative action, discrimination, and social economics.



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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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