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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Libyan rebel fighters hold a rocket propelled grenade launcher (RPG) as a pro Kadhafi fighter jet fly over the eastern oil port city of Ras Lanuf on March 11, 2011. (Roberto Schmidt/Getty)

The debate over public worker pensions rages on. John Fund, columnist for the Wall Street Journal editorial page, debates Teresa Ghilarducci, labor economist at The New School on public worker pensions. Plus: the debate over whether to authorize and enforce a no-flight zone over Libya; PBS NewsHour's education correspondent John Merrow on the influence of teachers; and why Kay Hymowitz thinks the rise of women has turned men into boys.

Debating the No-Fly Zone

Micah Zenko, fellow for conflict prevention at the Council of Foreign Relations and author of Between Threats and War: U.S. Discrete Military Operations in the Post-Cold War World; and Bruce Jentleson, professor of public policy and political science at Duke University, author of  American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century debate whether or not there should be a no-fly zone over Libya.

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Discount Bus Safety

Michael Grynbaum, transportation reporter for The New York Times, discusses the safety record of the discount bus industry and how it's regulated in light of two recent deadly crashes in the New York area. 

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Sanjay Gupta in Japan

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, reports from Tokyo on the mental and physical health of the Japanese victims.

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A Teacher's Influence

John Merroweducation correspondent at the PBS NewsHour, president of Learning Matters, and the author of the new book The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership discusses his decades of reporting on education and his new book on the subject. 

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All About Pensions: Public Workers

John Fund, columnist for the Wall Street Journal editorial page and author of How the Obama Administration Threatens to Undermine Our Elections and Teresa Ghilarducci, labor economist at The New School and author of When I'm Sixty-Four: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them discuss public worker pensions. 

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Former GE VP: Japan Comparable to Three Mile Island

We're talking of numbers on the order of what you would receive getting a cat scan or getting other diagnostic x-rays done over the course of your lifetime, so you have those done without fear, I believe that there's no fear in an increase of radiation here.

—Former GE VP Margaret Harding, talking about the scale of Japan's nuclear crisis, on the Brian Lehrer Show.


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Won't Grow Up

Kay Hymowitz, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor of City Journal and the author of Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, talks about her new book.
and here's one from NPR

Links to reports on studies cited in the interview:

"For Young Earners in Big City, a Gap in Women’s Favor" NYT, 8/3/2001

"Women's Salaries Back On Top For Younger Set" NPR, 9/1/2010

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