With: Gustavo Pérez-Firmat (Columbia University)
In 1960, eleven-year-old Gustavo Pérez-Firmat came to the States as an exile from Cuba. In his new book, A Cuban in Mayberry, Pérez-Firmat discovers that even though a Cuban would never exist in a town like The Andy Griffith Show’s Mayberry, he feels that in a way, Mayberry is home.
With: Tom Gjelten (NPR)
With immigration on the rise, soon the United States will no longer be majority white. Tom Gjelten, NPR correspondent and author of the new book, A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, says that in the last fifty years, our immigrant population has tripled.
With: Charlie Thompson Jr. (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)
In his new book, Border Odyssey, Charles Thompson Jr. tells the story of his journey from a small organic farm in North Carolina to the nearly 2,000 mile long border between the United States and Mexico.
With: Gregory Smithers (Virginia Commonwealth University)
When it comes to immigration, Gregory Smithers says an influx of foreigners with a desire to share your resources is nothing new to the Cherokee. In his new book, The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement and Identity, Smithers describes the Cherokee evolution from one community into a people of multiple communities.