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The Social Science Of Diversity

N.C. State University professor Rupert Nacoste's latest book is "Taking on Diversity."
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Rupert Nacoste served in the U.S. Navy during military race riots in the 1970s.

His commanding officers chose him to facilitate conversations about race relations among his fellow sailors. The experience prompted him to pursue a career as a social psychologist. 

  Nacoste argues that an unwillingness to have challenging conversations about race stunts the ability to accept people who look or act differently. His new book, Taking on Diversity (Prometheus Books/2015), uses the stories of his students at N.C. State University to illustrate how we might "move from anxiety to respect."

Host Frank Stasio talks with Nacoste about Taking on Diversity.

Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.