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AIR DATE: June 30, 2009

Hispanics comprise about 25 percent of Southern Nevada's population, or about 450,000 people. In fact, a recent report from The Pew Hispanic Center finds that one of every five childen in the U.S. is Hispanic. Juxtapose that with recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action and the voting rights act, and definitions of what constitutes a "minority" in this country and this region are rapidly changing. NPR's Juan Williams, San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Ruben Navrette, Senior Legal Fellow & Deputy Director, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, Robert Alt, and Professor of Political Science at UNLV, Rebecca Wood, help us understand what this could mean for political, social and economic life in Southern Nevada and the United States.
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