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While visiting the Race: Are We So Different exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota, a visitor plays an interactive game about the traits people share. (American Anthropological Association and Science Museum of Minnesota/Courtesy photo)
While visiting the Race: Are We So Different exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota, a visitor plays an interactive game about the traits people share. (American Anthropological Association and Science Museum of Minnesota/Courtesy photo)

Can you tell someone's race just by the sound of their voice? What about by looking at their genes?

For decades, scientists have looked for a link between race and science. A new exhibit at the Museum of Science called "RACE: Are We So Different" dives into that discussion.

So, is there a basis for race in science? And if not, why do we keep looking for one?

Guest:

  • Alan Goodman, professor of Biological Anthropology, Hampshire College; former president, American Anthropological Association
  • Alondra Nelson, associate professor of Sociology, Columbia University; visiting fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

This segment aired on January 26, 2011.

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