The Gist: Orlando Patterson on race, and Hua Hsu on civility.

Can 300 Million Americans Have a National Conversation About Race?

Can 300 Million Americans Have a National Conversation About Race?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Jan. 6 2015 7:14 PM

The Right to Remain Uncivil

The quest to implement and enforce civility codes isn’t a fair fight.

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When do you have the right to remain uncivil?

Photo Illustration by Slate. Illustration by Charles Dana Gibson (American illustrator, 1867-1944)/Flickr,

Listen to Episode 168 of Slate’s The Gist:

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From campus codes to moderated online forums, fairness is the rule. On The Gist, Hua Hsu explains why top-down mandates for civility don’t work. Plus, Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson explains why a national conversation about race just isn’t possible. He editing the forthcoming book The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth. For the Spiel, the Gambian goof.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.