Orders and Choices

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Last week, the Bloomberg administration announced a new mandate for sex education classes for middle and high school students. Nancy Biberman of WHEDco in the Bronx discusses the new policy and her organization’s work advocating for sex education in schools. Plus: an analysis of the Iowa Straw Poll with Reihan Salam of The Daily and National Review Online; Northwestern University professor Dorothy Roberts discusses how the findings of the Human Genome Project contrast with racial definitions in medicine and technology; and Julie A. Ross, Executive Director of Parenting Horizons, and Judy Corcoran, freelance writer and marketing copywriter at Magazine, discuss their new book Joint Custody with a Jerk.

GOP Straw Poll, Perry Arrives, and More

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, breaks down Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll and the other weekend news, from Rick Perry entering the fray to Tim Pawlenty dropping out.

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Education and Bullying in New Jersey

John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of, discusses the new Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and how No Child Left Behind waivers will affect New Jersey.

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Fatal Invention: Race and Science

Dorothy Roberts, Kirkland & Ellis professor and faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, and author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Re-create Race In the Twenty-First Century, discusses how the findings of the Human Genome Project a decade ago stands in contrast to racial definitions in medicine and technology.

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Sex Education Now Mandatory in NYC Public Schools

In 2007, some Bronx middle school students advocated for sex education classes in their public schools. Nancy Biberman, founder and president of the Bronx community development non-profit WHEDco, and two of the original participants, Yanilsa Frias and Katherine George, now on their way to college, talk about the recent mandate from the Bloomberg administration that schools teach sex education in middle and high schools.

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The Uncooperative Ex

Co-parenting after a difficult divorce can be a challenge. Executive director of Parenting Horizons Julie A. Ross, M.A., discusses her new book co-authored by Judy Corcoran, Joint Custody With a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex: A Hands-on Practical Guide to Communicating with a Difficult Ex-Spouse.

Listeners: Parents who share custody of your kids with your ex: What advice would you give about how to cooperate, communicate, and co-parent with an ex? Or ask a question about how you should deal with a difficult ex. Call us or comment here! 

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Bert and Ernie

In response to an online petition to “Let Bert and Ernie Get Married on Sesame Street,” the show's producers say that, as puppets, the pair "do not have a sexual orientation."  Mira Jacobs, deputy editor of the parenting site Babble, talks about the ways puppets inform children's education.

Listeners: Would you like to see the roommates tie the knot? Leave a comment below or call in at 11:25 a.m.!

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