It’s Mary again, looking ahead to this week’s shows.
Even though it’s a three-day weekend for most folks, John and Celeste will be in all next week – except for Friday, when John will be getting some rest, and Miles O’Brien will fill in. On to the show…
Everyone knows that looks matter. But should the law be involved when it comes to discrimination on the basis of appearance? Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode thinks it should. She explains why in a new book about how much we're affected by how people look, "The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law." What do you think? Should the law protect people who aren't attractive?
Mary here. It’s Friday, and that means we’re gearing up for next week’s broadcast. Celeste will be back from Detroit, but Hock is taking some time off at the end of the week. Todd Zwillich will fill in while he’s away. This month marks 50 years since the FDA approved the birth control pill as a marketable contraceptive. We're talking to Erica Jong and her daughter about the pill and its effects on both their generations. And we want to hear from you. How has the pill affected you and your generation?
Here's what else is on our to do list:
Robert Bobb, emergency financial director of the Detroit public school system, will reinstate an extended-day program for students who are struggling academically, the district announced on Wednesday. It was the latest in a series of fiercely pitched battles between Bobb and the Board of Education, which has sued Bobb, alleging that he has overstepped his mandate by attempting to make changes to the school's academic programs.
Author Jeffrey Eugenides was born and raised in Detroit and the city often becomes a central character in his writings. (He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, these days.) He’s based both of his novels, Pulitzer Prize-winning "Middlesex," and "The Virgin Suicides," in the Motor City. He says as a native Detroiter it's still easy for him to love his home town: more so, perhaps, than the average outsider.
Mary Harris here, working on what you’ll be listening to this coming week.
We’re excited that the show is headed to Detroit and WDET next week, where Celeste will host on Thursday and Friday. While we’re in town, we’ll be talking about what Detroiters are buzzing about. If you’re one of our Detroit listeners, we’re asking you to write to us and let us know what you love about your city – and what we should talk about while we’re in town.
On to the show!
Mary here, updating you on our plans for next week's shows. Here's what we think you'll be buzzing about in the next seven days:
Coming up on the show this week: President Obama's nuclear summit; "Life of Pi" author Yann Yartell; more "Do It Yourself Bailout"; Tax Day and the Tea Party Express; people getting wiser and older, both; the weekend's movies...
Greetings from the planning desk. Mary here to fill you in on what the show will be up to all next week.
We’ve set aside the whole week to talk a bit more about all of the changes being wrought in our educational system. In the last month, President Obama proposed a sweeping overhaul of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind regulations. This week, Phase I winners of the Race to the Top grant competition will be announced. We’ll be talking to all the players in the education debate about what needs to be done next and whether real change is possible.
We’re asking our listeners: “What makes a teacher great?” Tell us — and our guests (including Education Secretary Arne Duncan himself) by emailing, leaving a comment below, or calling us at 877-8-MY-TAKE.
Now — on to the show:
Mary here at the “Futures” desk… It’s Friday, and that means I’m working with our producers to nail down the stories you’ll be hearing on the show for the next few days. Here’s a sneak peek at the conversations you’ll be buzzing about next week:
Coming up on the show this week: breastfeeding, SXSW, John McPhee, "The History of White People," personal finance tips from the Great Depression, The Runaways, our "Do-It-Yourself-Bailout," and more ...
It’s Mary here with your (new!) Friday look ahead to what The Takeaway is up to in the week ahead. Let’s look in the crystal ball:
John Hockenberry is on the move next week; he’ll be in Oklahoma on Monday (home to the Takeaway’s own KOSU), speaking at the Governor’s Conference on Developmental Disabilities. Miles O’Brien fills in.
It's long been a popular extreme action sport at the Winter X Games. Now ski cross will be included as a new sport at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The sport involves four to six racers who come out of the starting gate together and make a mad dash down the racecourse. U.S. ski cross coach, Tyler Shepherd, says the sport is dangerous, but fun.
Last week, ten American Baptist community members attempted to take 33 children out of Haiti, claiming their goal was to rescue the children. The Haitian government disagreed and charged the Americans with kidnapping. For many, the story has raised new concerns and questions about adoption.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) might not be the first person you think of when you think of memorable holiday ditties, but you might have heard his latest magnum opus, a Hannukah song called "Eight Days of Hannukah." Sen. Hatch has been a prolific composer for years in his spare time – from Christian rock to patriotic ballads – but calls this song his "gift to the Jewish people." (He's Mormon.) He and his co-writer, Madeline Stone, join us to talk about their favorite Christmas songs, and how to write music for faiths that aren't your own.
John Allen Muhammad, the "D.C. Sniper," is scheduled to die by lethal injection tonight in Virginia. In October 2002, Muhammad and a then-teenaged accomplice terrorized the Washington D.C. area with a series of shootings. Cheryll Witz's father, Jerry Taylor, was killed by the snipers in March 2002. She will attend the execution tonight, and says a confession by one of the killers helped her get closure. We'll put the search for closure to Dr. Sindey Weissman, a psychiatrist and professor of psychology at Northwestern University.
Today in Stockholm, the Nobel prize committee announced that Romanian-born German poet Herta Muller has won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. Muller is the author of such books as "The Land of Green Plums" and "The Appointment: A Novel." We speak to Patrik Henry Bass, books editor for Essence magazine, about why American authors so rarely win what is arguably the literary world's most coveted prize.
At the beginning of his presidency, Bill Clinton spent hours in private, secret interviews with close friend and Pulitzer prize–winning journalist Taylor Branch. They talked about Monca Lewinsky and the Oklahoma City bombings; they dished about world leaders and soon-to-be president George W. Bush. Now, after years, Branch has amassed his own musings about the talks into a more than 700-page tome. We ask him about his book, "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History With the President."
(click through to read the first chapter of "The Clinton Tapes")
Neil Sheehan, the Pulitzer prize–winning author of "A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam," one of the best documentations of the Vietnam War, has written a new account of the cold war. In "A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon," Sheehan says the decades-long tension between the Soviet Union and the United States was not as glacially still as most people imagine. He says the quiet conflict between the two nations had a fiery heat that most likely would have led to nuclear disaster if it were not for Bernard Schriever, an Air Force general responsible for the creation of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile system.
At the end of last month, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan formally announced his plan to spend $3.5 billion dollars to radically change the nation’s worst-performing schools. As part of our look at back-to-school challenges, we talk to someone who is reimagining American education. Steve Barr is the founder of California-based Green Dot Public Schools, which has developed a reputation for making radical changes in large public schools in Southern California with lightning speed.
Steve Barr and Green Dot Public Schools took over ownership of Locke Senior High School in Los Angeles and changed it radically.
"We made the school safe, we pushed the gangs off the campus who used to own the campus to one block off. We found out, like we have in most neighborhoods that we serve, gang members don't want their kids to be gang members so they want the schools to work."
—Steve Barr, is the founder of California-based Green Dot Public Schools about radically changing Locke Senior High School