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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

As Egypt moves forward in creating a new democracy and uprisings in the region are in the spotlight, the role of the Islam in governments across Middle East and North Africa continue to be debated. David L. Phillips of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University makes a case for why the United States should engage the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Plus: the cutting edge of educational technology for grades K-12; and poet and playwright Al Letson kicks off the Brian Lehrer Show’s National Poetry Month series. 

The Federal Budget Deficit

Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Business Week, explains why the federal debt is so high--and previews what the political debate about the deficit will hinge on.

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Sarkozy Leads France Into Battle

New York Times Paris bureau chief Steve Erlanger, and Nicole Bacharan, political analyst and associate researcher at Sciences Po., Paris, discuss the full-face veil ban's reception in France and reaction to President Sarkozy's push toward intervention in the Middle East.

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Open Phones: Your Foreign-Language Headlines

Do you read a paper in another language? Listen to a non-English radio station? Or read an English paper published in a non-English-speaking country? Tell us what you're reading, what you're hearing, and what the foreign-language press is focusing on. Call in or post in the comments! You can also tweet us @brianlehrer -- use the hashtag #nonenglishnews

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The Muslim Brotherhood

David L. Phillips, director of the Program on Peace-Building and Rights at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, former senior adviser for the State Department, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and author of From Bullets to Ballots: Violent Muslim Movements in Transition, discusses why the United States should engage the Muslim Brotherhood as Egypt moves toward democracy.

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Educational Technology

Ali Carr-Chellman, instructional designer, head of the Learning and Performance Systems Department, and professor of education at Penn State, discusses the cutting edge of educational technology in K-12 education--and how online learning can used to improve education not just cut costs.

Listeners: Do your kids take online classes as part of their education? Do you think it enhances or diminishes learning? Comment here!

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National Poetry Month Kick Off

In honor of National Poetry Month, we will be speaking with different poets throughout the month of April. For the first installment, Al Letson, spoken word poet, playwright and host of NPR & PRX's State of the Re:Union, joins us to discuss his work. 

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