March 28, 2018 at 5:30 am

For over 100 years, the National Urban League has been working to provide economic empowerment, educational opportunities and the guarantee of civil rights for the underserved in America. As part of “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America,” the multi-platform public media reporting initiative, Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, is here to shed light on its historic core values and to look to the future. The story of the French bulldog puppy, Kokito, that died on a United Airlines flight en route to New York after being placed in the overhead compartment, broke the hearts of millions across the country. Now, New York State Senator Marisol Alcantara, is leading the charge to enact laws to ensure this tragedy is never repeated. The United States imprisons more kids in juvenile detention than any other industrialized nation. WNYC brings us the candid stories of the teenage offenders stuck in the system in the new podcast “Caught.” Host Kai Wright joins us to bring us inside the lives, cells and minds of those juvenile offenders after they are caught in the system. Dolores Huerta was one of the most important, yet least known activists of our time. The new PBS Independent Lens documentary offers a portrait of the civil rights legend. Music legend Carlos Santana, who is also an executive producer of the film, is here to share his memories of her and a preview the film.

Aired on March 27, 2018. 

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