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Joe Hagan on George W. Bush's National Guard Record

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Joe Hagan, contributing editor at New York Magazine, Rolling Stone and Men's Journal, talks about his exclusive investigation into President George W. Bush's Air National guard service in the latest issue of Texas Monthly.

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Checking In On Standardized Testing

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about standardized testing and new efforts to raise high school graduation rates in the state.

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Construction Company Admits Fraud

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bob Hennelly, WNYC's contributing editor for politics and investigations, talks about the construction company that agreed to pay $56 million in fines yesterday, after admitting to widespread fraud.

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Putting It to the Test

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Public school students take their math exams today. Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York Board of Regents, weighs in on efforts to boost high school graduation rates and role of standardized testing. Plus: perceptions of the U.S.-China relationship; an investigation of President George W. Bush’s National Guard service; cultural critic Mark Dery on American pop culture; and why insurance companies are changing the way they reimburse patients. 

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U.S.-China Perceptions

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Frank Wu, Committee of 100 member and chancellor and dean of University of California Hastings College of Law, and Anla Cheng, Committee of 100 board member and partner at Sino-Century China Private Equity fund, talk about a new study about the cross cultural perceptions of U.S.-China relations.

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Your Insurance Is Costing More

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nina Bernstein, health care reporter for The New York Times, discusses her reporting on how the largest health insurers in the country have been calculating the price of care based on Medicare rates - a calculation which pushes prices up.

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Listen: Margaret Atwood on Whether War is Inevitable

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Margaret Atwood, author of Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, and Jennifer Baichwal, director of the documentary "Payback," discussed the new documentary film adaptation of Atwood's 2008 book, opening at the Film Forum in New York on Apr. 25th. While they were here, Margaret Atwood answered the question at the center of the End of War series: Is war inevitable? Listen.

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Margaret Atwood on Debt

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Margaret Atwood, author of Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, and Jennifer Baichwal, director of the documentary "Payback," discusses the new documentary film adaptation of Atwood's 2008 book of essays on debt, opening at the Film Forum in New York on Apr. 25th. 

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Nets Say Goodbye To New Jersey

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dave D'Alessandro, sports columnist for The Star-Ledger, joins to discuss the Nets' last game in New Jersey, and help take calls from Nets fans. 

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Saima Wahab: Translating Afghanistan

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Saima Wahab, Afghan-American wartime translator and now author of In My Father's Country: An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate, talks about her work in Afghanistan as a wartime translator and adviser with the U.S. Army, and how she seeks to straddle the cultural divide between the United States and Afghanistan. 

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Open Phones: The Secret Service in Colombia

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What bothers you about the secret service prostitution scandal from the recent summit in Colombia? The risk to the president? The prostitution itself? The reflection on the country? Call us at 212-433-9692 of post your comment here! 

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Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: NY/CT Republicans

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The primary season wheel has stopped on the tri-state area. New York or Connecticut Republicans call in to report which candidate got their vote in today's primary election, plus their picks for Romney's veep.

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The Great Divergence

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Timothy Noah, columnist at The New Republic and author of The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It, explains how America's inequality crisis got to this point and offers policy solutions to reverse it.

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The Great Divergence

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Timothy Noah of The New Republic discusses his new book, The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It. Plus: we take your calls on the secret service scandal and what bothers you about allegations that agents hired prostitutes in Colombia; your nominations for the vice president on the GOP ticket; author Margaret Atwood reflects on debt and a new documentary film which adapts her essays on the subject; and a a wartime translator bridges the divide between Afghanistan and the U.S.

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New York's Minimum Wage Debate

Monday, April 23, 2012

Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, and Paul Sonn, legal co-director of the National Employment Law Project, provide the pros and cons of the New York state legislature's proposed minimum wage increase.

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Pulitzer Poetry Winner Tracy K. Smith

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tracy K. Smith, Brooklyn resident and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for Life on Mars: Poems, talks about the award and her work writing and teaching poetry.

Show off your poetry!  Tracy K. Smith also teaches at Princeton and she offers this assignment to Brian Lehrer Show listeners:  Write a brief persona poem in the voice of someone in the news lately.  Submit your poem here.

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Open Phones: Young, Healthy and Uninsured

Monday, April 23, 2012

The "individual mandate" in President Obama's health-care reform targets the young, healthy and uninsured. Young people, what do you make of the mandate, and how does it affect the way you assess Obama in this election year? Post here or call 212-433-9692 at 10:20!

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Rent Control Case

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Supreme Court announced this morning that they will not hear the case of Harmon vs. Kimmel, which sought to question the constitutionality of New York City's rent control laws. Andrew Scherer, professor of Planning Law at Columbia University, discusses what this means for the future of New York City housing.

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Albany Considers Synthetic Marijuana Bill

Monday, April 23, 2012

Nathan Lents, associate professor of molecular biology and deputy chair at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, explains the difference between marijuana and synthetic cannabis. State legislators are considering a bill to criminalize the synthetic drug.

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2012 Election Battleground Voter Groups

Monday, April 23, 2012

Latinos, non-college educated women, voters under 30. Molly Ball, national politics writer for The Atlantic and Jonathan Bernstein, political scientist who runs A Plain Blog About Politics, explain which demographic groups are being targeted as the general election race heats up.

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