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Thursday, February 17, 2011

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WNYC’s education reporter Beth Fertig discusses the latest on PCB’s in the New York City schools. Plus: The Obama administration wants to phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Hear Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman, Phil Angelides, explains how exactly Fannie and Freddie contributed to the economic meltdown. And: a lesson in how to use social media to organize a protest; and "Exit Through the Gift Shop" producer Jaimie D’Cruz discusses the so-called documentary.

School News

WNYC education reporter, Beth Fertig, talks about the problem of PCBs in the schools, the threat of teacher layoffs, and the new chancellor.

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Make it Bahrain

Steve Levine who runs "The Oil and the Glory" blog at Foreign Policy, talks about the U.S. relationship with Bahrain in light of the unrest there and in the Middle East region. Plus Lauren Vriens, a Fulbright scholar studying in Bahrain calls in to update us on the situation there.

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Watson Won!

On Language columnist for the New York Times Magazine Ben Zimmer and Stephen Baker, author of Final Jeopardy: Man vs Machine and the Quest to Know Everything talk about how the IBM's super computer won last night on Jeopardy! and what it means when artificial beats human intelligence.

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Tweeting the Revolution

Moustafa Ayad, former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff writer and native of Egypt, talks about his work training journalists and activists in Egypt and Iraq to use social media, and also discusses the protests in those countries and throughout the region.

Some examples of how social media are being used:

Iraqi map:

Bahrain CrowdVoice:

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Crisis Lessons: Fannie and Freddie

On the Brian Lehrer Show today at 11:25 am. Audio and a recap of this conversation will be posted here by 1pm.

Phil Angelides, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman is the monthly guest for February. Each week he unpacks the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission findings on the economic meltdown. This week he discusses the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the lead-up to the housing bubble and bust.

Read a Recap and Join the Conversation at It's a Free Country!

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "Exit Through the Gift Shop"

Jaimie D'Cruz, producer of "Exit Through The Gift Shop" discusses his film and the mysterious character Banksy, the filmmaker behind the movie.

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