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Airs Monday, February, 27, 2017, at 8 p.m. Valley Fontaine argues that part of the reason Michelle Obama is so important to black women around the world is as a counterblast to what's described as "shade-ism" - discrimination on the basis of the darkness of skin color. Michelle Obama, it's argued, is seen as a near-unique figure in contemporary America, as a black woman married to a prominent black man of a skin shade lighter than her own. Within the black community, both in the U.S. and elsewhere, that matters – especially to women.

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Airs Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 6 p.m. In a partnership between the BBC and American Public Media, The Response – America’s Story seeks your unique stories about the lives you lead and your hopes for the future under the new U.S. presidency. Told in your own words, recorded on a smart phone and sent to the BBC, the series “The Response - America’s Story”, is a chance for Americans to share realities and reflections with the world, and for people around the world to tell the stories they want Americans to hear at this pivotal moment.

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Airs Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 6 p.m. In a partnership between the BBC and American Public Media, The Response – America’s Story seeks your unique stories about the lives you lead and your hopes for the future under the new U.S. presidency. Told in your own words, recorded on a smart phone and sent to the BBC, the series “The Response - America’s Story”, is a chance for Americans to share realities and reflections with the world, and for people around the world to tell the stories they want Americans to hear at this pivotal moment.

Airs Sunday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m. This weekend during the Marketplace Money time slot, we're taking a look at the financial crisis. Are we the people to blame? Do we get the banks we deserve? Have we wasted the 2008 financial crisis? Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal and the BBC World Service's Business Daily's Justin Rowlatt will put financial institutions and consumers under the microscope. They'll be joined by a panel of high profile experts and opinion makers for this special collaboration.