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Racial inequality is one of the biggest issues the American society continues to struggle and come to terms with. In this week's show, we presented a discussion on the history of racial stratification in America, and what might be done about it.

First, we heard a lecture from Boston University Professor of Law and Philosophy, David Lyons, on "racial junctures" or periods in U.S. history when racial stratification was built into the structures of the country, and other periods when attempts were made to more fairly approach the promise of equal treatment and equal opportunity.

Following his presentation, professor Lyons responsed to some of the questions and comments made by a participating audience. Some of the questions centered around the implications of Professor Lyons' thesis for the future of equal opportunity in America, and the usefulness of moral philosophy in addressing the real problems of racial stratification.

This program aired on March 31, 2002.

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