Kids in a wading pool at Collins Playfield in Seattle during the 1940s.

Kids in a wading pool at Collins Playfield in Seattle during the 1940s.

Monday, Jun 15 12 p.m. (ET)

Swimming Pools and Racial Tension

A recent confrontation between teenagers and law enforcement at a pool party in Texas inflamed the ongoing debate taking place across the country about racial tension and police accountability. But racism and segregation also play an ugly role in the broader history of America's public and private swimming pools. We put this recent episode in that historic context and consider what it can teach us about the state of social relations in modern America.

Actresses Louise Beavers (left) and Fredi Washington (right) play black mother Delilah and mixed-race daughter Peola in the 1934 film "Imitation of Life." Peola passes as white to seek advancement in a segregated society.

Actresses Louise Beavers (left) and Fredi Washington (right) play black mother Delilah and mixed-race daughter Peola in the 1934 film "Imitation of Life." Peola passes as white to seek advancement in a segregated society.

Monday, Jun 15 1 p.m. (ET)

Race, History And ‘Passing’ In America

A heated debate about race and identity erupted in the wake of news that the president of an NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash., may be a white woman who has been 'passing' as an African-American. We set the vitriol aside and explore the history of racial passing in America.

Monday, Jun 15 1:35 p.m. (ET)

Working as a Woman on Capitol Hill

While only 20 percent of members of Congress are female, the numbers among congressional staffers are equal: half of the nearly 16,000 staffers who work on Capitol Hill are women. The idea of Congress being a boy’s club may be out of date. We explore the challenges and opportunities women face while working on the Hill.

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