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Monday, January 31, 2011

Wendy Kopp, the founder and President of Teach for America, talks about her organization’s efforts to end educational inequity. Then, eight-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne performs live in our studios. Plus, Rana Dasgupta describes his novel, Solo, about a 100 year old blind Bulgarian man. Also, WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan fills us in on “Out from Behind the Apron,” her event in the Greene Space that allows waiters and bartenders to dish. And, Maxine Hong Kingston discusses her unusual memoir in verse about life and aging.

Providing an Excellent Education for All

Wendy Kopp, founder and president of Teach for America, shares the lessons learned from teachers and alumni who have taught in low-income schools. In A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn't in Providing an Excellent Education for All, she explains that the ingredients for success in providing a quality education for all include visionary leaders who can attract and develop talented staff, build strong cultures, continuously improve, and who are willing to do whatever is necessary.

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Update on Egypt

Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy, joins us from Doha, Qatar, to give an update on what’s happened in Egypt over the weekend, plans for tomorrow’s nation-wide strike, and what the impact of the protests have been throughout the region.

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Joan Osborne Performs Live

Joan Osborne performs live in our studio, and discusses her career and song cycle Love and Hate—a theatrical multimedia experience that combines music, dance, and film. She's performing Love and Hate in the Allen Room at Lincoln Center on February 4th.

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Rana Dasgupta on his novel, Solo

Rana Dasgupta talks about his debut novel, Solo, which paints a portrait of a century though the story of a hundred-year-old blind Bulgarian man. It mixes his real life in Bulgaria with his imagined life.

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Out from Behind the Apron: A Preview

WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan talks about an upcoming event in The Greene Space, “Out from Behind the Apron,” which calls together servers and bartenders from across the city to share insights about the dining public, industry trends, reveal pet peeves, and trade behind-the-scenes stories. “Out from Behind the Apron” takes place February 1, in WNYC’s The Greene Space--and it's free!

Waiters, waitresses, and bartenders: Share some of your pet peeves about customers with us! Leave a comment below!

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Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston reflects on aging as she turns 65. Her memoir I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, written in verse, circles from present to past and back. She writes of her journeys as a writer, peace activist, teacher, and mother, revisiting her most beloved characters, and offers a beautiful meditation on her visit to China.

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Guest Picks: Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston talks about some of her favorite picks after her recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show

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