AirTalk for August 19, 2013

Is your circle of friends a colorful kaleidoscope or monochrome?

Do you have a diverse set of friends?

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Do you have a diverse set of friends?

A recent poll conducted by Reuters found that many Americans do not have friends of another race. The poll found that nearly 40 percent of white Americans and 25 percent of non-whites are surrounded by friends of their own race. In certain regions however, where there is more diversity there is a greater chance for people to develop friendships outside their own race.  California is the most diverse with both friendships and love, but areas of the south has the lowest percentage of people with diverse acquaintances.

Do you have friends of a different race? What role do you think location plays in this? Is it important to have a diverse set of friends?

Guests:

Mo Tammin, polling editor at Reuters

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, director of the Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley. He also writes a blog about the science of prejudice, stigma, and intergroup relations.


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