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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

On today’s show, we’ll get the latest on the fall of Tripoli. Then Steven Brill discusses the ongoing and often contentious fight to fix America’s schools.  We’ll find out about the Jewish Museum's exhibition “Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters,” featuring an impressive collection of early 20th-century artwork collected by two sisters from Baltimore. Plus, Mark Matousek explains why he believes that emotions are the bedrock of ethical life.

Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools

Journalist Steven Brill discusses the battle over public school reform. Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools looks at the people and issues involved, from President Obama’s education reform policies, to activist parents, to billionaire funders, to state capitols, to teachers and teachers unions.

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Reappearing Act: Saif al-Islam Gadhafi

Initial reports from Tripoli indicated that rebel forces had captured Mummar Gadhafi's son Saif, a defiant spokesman for the regime who was also educated in the West. Then, early Tuesday morning he reappeared at a luxury hotel in Tripoli flashing victory signs for supporters and the press. Philippe Sands talks about how complicit Saif Gadhafi was his father’s brutal crackdown this year.

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Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters, at The Jewish Museum

Curator Karen Levitov talks about The Jewish Museum exhibition “Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore.” It shows work from the collection of two sisters from Baltimore, the daughters of prosperous German-Jewish immigrants, who traveled in Europe, knew Gertrude Stein, and collected works of art by Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, van Gogh, Cezanne, and other modern masters. The collection is on loan from the Baltimore Museum of Art and is on view at The Jewish Museum through September 25.

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Parallels Between Gadhafi and Hussein

New York Times reporter John Burns discusses the parallels between Moammar Gadhafi and Iraq's former leader Saddam Hussein, and what their similarities mean for the future of Libya.

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What Makes Us Good

Mark Matousek explains why he believes that, contrary to what we've been taught in our reason-obsessed culture, emotions are the foundation of ethical life, and that without emotions, human beings cannot be empathic, moral, or good. In Ethical Wisdom: What Makes Us Good, Matousek examines morality from a scientific, sociological, and anthropological standpoint.

At 19:50 you can hear Leonard's reaction to the earthquake!

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