Drug violence forced Erick Picardo to leave his successful art studio in the Dominican Republic and seek a better life in a "freedom country," the United States. Today, this renowned Michigan painter celebrates his Afro-Caribbean heritage on canvas and in his drumming group. Listen as he talks about his special anti-violence, pro-peace marathon mural project.

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“My time spent with the Feel Like You Belong show was not only fun and engaging, but also important. The topics that were covered are really close to my heart, and the message that they bring to the world is absolutely essential.”

– Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, Obama 2nd Inauguration (photo credit: ew.com)

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Coming Next Week

photo: New York Times

photo: New York Times

Prof. Emily S. Lee is one in a million.  In the highly undiverse world of U.S. academic philosophy, she represents a double minority: a woman and an Asian.  Alan talks with this impressive South Korean immigrant about her research in race, culture, and identity.