Smart City explores the stubborn link between race and poverty in America. Professor Pedro Noguera has written a book about the cultural, societal and personal factors that cause young black and Hispanic males to run afoul of middle-class American norms. Professor Noguera joins us to discuss his book, “The Trouble With Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education.”

Also, Thomas Sevcik discusses how much work it can take to change the way the world views a city. Thomas is the founder of the internationally acclaimed creative studio Arthesia and he’ll tell us about the complicated issue of a city’s identity and how to find what he calls “the city’s drama.”

Smart City is a syndicated, weekly hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life: the people, places, ideas and trends that affect us all. Host Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, talks with national and international public policy experts, economists, business leaders, artists, developers, planners and others on the pulse of city life for a penetrating discussion on urban issues.

Smart City is broadcast at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sundays on WKNO-FM, but it is also webcast and podcast so you can listen to it anytime you like. For the webcast, times for the broadcast in other cities and to sign up for the podcast, visit our website.