Guest Host: Rebecca Roberts

When President Obama nominated judge Sonia Sotamayor to the Supreme Court last month, he set off a high-stakes scramble among allies and opponents. He also set off a flurry of coded statements in the media– words like “empathy” taking on meanings beyond their dictionary definition. We talk with Howard Ross about the political buzzwords of the summer, and what they say about our national debate on diversity.


  • Howard Ross Diversity consultant; Principal, Cook Ross
  • Geoffrey Nunberg Professor of Linguistics, School of Information University of California Berkeley; author "The Years of Talking Dangerously" (Public Affairs)

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