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Friday, April 22, 2011

David Bragdon, the City’s sustainability chief, provides an Earth Day update to how New York’s environmental initiatives are preparing the five boroughs for population growth and the uncertainty of climate change. Plus: 50 years later, a look at the Bay of Pigs Invasion; NPR’s Rachel Martin on the role of women on the front lines of America’s military conflicts; and actor Kevin Spacey’s new documentary on Shakespeare in high school and funding for the arts. 

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Syria's Business

Large protests are planned for Syria today - Tara Bahrampour of the Washington Post updates the latest. Then, Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and the man behind the popular political blog The Washington Note, discusses the latest developments in Libya.


Open Phones: Improving Graduation Rates

At Chelsea High teachers and administrators are trying to figure out how to get more kids to walk the aisle. Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter, reported on the school's struggle to lower its drop-out rate. 

Teachers: What do you think is the most important way to improve graduation rate?

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Bay of Pigs

Jim Rasenberger, the author of The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs, talks about his new book, which breaks down the various political forces and personality clashes at the heart of the invasion.

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Women in Combat

Rachel Martin, NPR national security correspondent, discusses the realities of women in combat and the debate over whether the Pentagon should officially integrate women into front line ground combat.

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Kevin Spacey and the Arts

Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey is executive producer of the documentary film "Shakespeare High", premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. at the Tribeca Film Festival. He discusses the state of arts education and the film, which follows a group of high school students preparing for a Shakespeare festival.

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