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American University’s Antiracist Research & Policy Center is in its “year 0.” Ibram X. Kendi is the center’s founder and the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. The center is ramping up now, and last week launched its first initiative, a year-long celebration of abolitionist Frederick Douglass in his bicentennial year. City Paper talked to Kendi for our 2017 People Issue. In this podcast episode, hear him talk about his research on racism in America, AU’s new center, and local media.

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Music for this episode was by Lee Rosevere, used under the Creative Commons license.