Crisis of Confidence

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Ron Suskind is now the author of Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President. He discusses the early days of the Obama presidency and the dynamics of his economic team. Plus: speeches from Mexico, Nigeria and Brazil at the U.N. General Assembly; political developments (including the election of the Republican Congressman Bob Turner) will have an effect on the redistricting battles in New York State; how school reform is playing out in New York City; and the story of a maid’s daughter. 

UN Speech Roundup: Mexico, Nigeria, Brazil

Ken Ellingwood, correspondent for the LA Times' Mexico City bureau, discusses Mexican President Felipe Calderon's remarks at the UN yesterday; Jon Gambrell, chief correspondent in Lagos, Nigeria for The Associated Press, reacts to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's speech; and Brian Winter, chief correspondent in Brazil for Thomson Reuters, discusses Brazilian president's Dilma Rousseff's opening address.

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SchoolBook: Reform

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to the New York Times/WNYC project SchoolBook, looks at how the debates over reforming schools are playing out in New York City's classrooms.

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Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

Ron Suskind discusses his new book Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, which offers an inside look at how the Obama White House approached the economic challenges of the administration.

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The NY Redistricting Battle

Colby Hamilton, blogger for WNYC's The Empire, discusses how Rep. Turner's win has changed the redistricting battle in New York as well as the stakes for future elections, and Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, explains why Common Cause has pulled out of a coalition on legislative redistricting, and what should be done instead.

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The Maid's Daughter

Mary Romero, professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University and author of The Maid's Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream, tells the story of Olivia, who comes to the U.S. to live with her mother, and encounters the difficulty of growing up around privilege she doesn't share.  

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