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On June 29, the United States Supreme Court ruled against a long-standing college admissions practice: affirmative action. For many, the conservative court’s decision wasn’t a surprise. But the fallout from the ruling will be felt for years to come. On this episode of “Our Body Politic,” guest host Karen Grigsby Bates, a founding member of NPR’s “Code Switch” team, is joined by experts and advocates to break down the history of affirmative action, what the recent decision means, and who it impacts. Plus we hear the voices and stories of students most affected by the ruling.

Featured guests are Shirley Wilcher, executive director of the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity; Sylvester Monroe, author, award-winning journalist, and Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy; Kelly E. Slay, assistant professor of higher education and public policy at Vanderbilt University.