Shereen Marisol Meraji en Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do <p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:25:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 39498 at Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do Arturo Sandoval: Free To Blow His Trumpet The Way He Wants A former president, a media mogul and a Cuban jazz trumpeter are among the 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday. That Cuban jazz trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval, happened to be performing not too far away from NPR West, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, last Friday. So I went to pay him a visit during rehearsals.<p>A heads up: This is one of those stories that are truly an aural experience. The best way to take in Sandoval is to hear him: his wonderful accent, his exuberance, his command of his instrument. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:48:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 38876 at Arturo Sandoval: Free To Blow His Trumpet The Way He Wants An East L.A. Football Rivalry, Unchanged For 79 Years An East Los Angeles rivalry has become the largest high school football game west of the Mississippi. The football teams of Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School will meet on the gridiron Friday night for the 79th year. The game is expected to draw 20,000 fans. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 37834 at The Whitest Historically Black College In America It opened in the late 19th century as the Bluefield Colored Institute, created to educate the children of black coal miners in segregated West Virginia. Although it still receives the federal funding that comes with its designation as a historically black institution, today Bluefield State College is 90 percent white. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:08:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 36975 at The Whitest Historically Black College In America Cuban Defector Yasiel Puig Ignites Los Angeles Dodgers Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, in trying to make a comeback, Blackberry might learn something from the Los Angeles Dodgers. A few months ago they were in last place. Now the Dodgers are heading to the playoffs. The team includes a Cuban defector, Yasiel Puig, Dodger number 66. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:11:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 35510 at 'The Muslims Are Coming!' To Middle America Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>A group of Muslim comics went on tour through parts of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, as well as Arizona. Their mission was to help Americans equate Islam with funny, rather than fundamentalist. And that is the topic of a new documentary called, "The Muslims Are Coming."<p>NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji met up with the directors.<p>SHEREEN MARISOL MERAJI, BYLINE: Here's a quick taste of what happens when Muslim comics invade Middle America.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING")<p>NEGIN FARSAD: I'm an Iranian-American Muslim female. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 08:12:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 35018 at Calif. Gov. Debates Changing Who's Eligible For Jury Duty The California legislature passed a bill that would allow lawful permanent residents to sit on juries. Governor Jerry Brown has until Oct. 13 to sign the bill into law. If he does, California will be the first state to allow non-citizens to perform jury duty. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:08:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 34389 at Summer Of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement <em>All this summer, NPR is looking back to civil rights activism of 1963, marking the 50th anniversary of a number of events that changed our society. From the </em><a href="">assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers</a><em> in Mississippi to the March on Washington; NPR is remembering the past and examining how our society has changed. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:23:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 33582 at Summer Of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement Why Modern Latinas Are A Challenge To Marketers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Hispanic American are an increasingly important consumer demographic to woo. That's according to a new study from the market research firm Nielsen. The report says that most of today's Latinas are the primary decision makers when it comes to household spending.<p>But marketing to them is a real challenge, as NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji reports.<p>SHEREEN MARISOL MERAJI, BYLINE: Welcome to the home of the contemporary Latina consumer.<p>PAMELA MARIA WRIGHT: Hi.<p>MERAJI: Hi. How are you?<p>Good. How are you?<p>WRIGHT: Good. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:28:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 33058 at Comedian Aisha Tyler Talks About Flipping Off Failure Comedian and actor Aisha Tyler brews beer, plays video games, tells dirty jokes, drinks fancy booze and ... writes books.<p>She has a new one out this week: <em>Self-inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humilation</em>. We sat down in the NPR studios over a mug of 18-year-old scotch to talk about her most embarrassing moments on the road to success. (No, really, we did. Listen to us toast.)<p>For those of you wondering who Aisha Tyler is, here's a quick breakdown (to be read quickly):<p><ul><p><li><p>She played Ross's paleontologist love interest on <em>Friends</em>. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:44:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 30932 at Comedian Aisha Tyler Talks About Flipping Off Failure HBO's 'Gideon's Army' Looks At Three Defenders Of The Poor This year marks the <a href="">50th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision</a>: <em>Gideon v. Wainwright</em> in which the justices ruled, unanimously, that defendants in criminal cases deserved legal representation in state courts. If defendants could not afford counsel, the state would have to provide it. Those lawyers are known as public defenders. A new HBO documentary, <em>Gideon's Army</em>, follows three black public defenders working in the Deep South. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:39:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 30418 at HBO's 'Gideon's Army' Looks At Three Defenders Of The Poor What [BLANK] Folks Don't Understand About Rachel Jeantel Rachel Jeantel. Her hourslong testimony spanned two days of the George Zimmerman trial, and I bet you'll be talking about it with your friends over the weekend. She's the 19-year-old key witness for the prosecution who had a cellphone conversation with Trayvon Martin moments before he was killed.<p>And she most definitely touched a nerve.<p><a href="">Multimedia reporter Sherri Williams</a> created a pretty thorough Storify with what she called "good, bad and ugly tweets about Rachel Jeantel," since Jeantel's national television debut Wednesday. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 18:36:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 30391 at What [BLANK] Folks Don't Understand About Rachel Jeantel Black Americans Give Entertainment Options Failing Grades All this week on Code Switch and on air we've been <a href="">digging into the findings</a> of a survey of African-American views of their communities, finances and social lives. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 29084 at Black Americans Give Entertainment Options Failing Grades USC Students Allege Racial Profiling By LAPD The Los Angeles Police Department is under scrutiny again. This time it's for sending almost 80 officers to break up a college house party. Most of the partygoers were African-American students from the University of Southern California.<p>USC senior Nate Howard organized the party that was shut down by the police. At a protest on campus Monday he condemned the response.<p>"Seventy-plus officers?" he said. Wed, 08 May 2013 15:53:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 27094 at USC Students Allege Racial Profiling By LAPD 'I'm The Café And He's The Leche' <p></p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 22:57:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 26441 at 'I'm The Café And He's The Leche'