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Friday, February 17, 2012

New York State education officials and teachers’ unions have reached a last-minute agreement on teacher evaluations. UFT President Michael Mulgrew explains the new system. Then, New York City Comptroller John Liu on his state of the city speech and mayoral hopes. Plus: interracial marriage is at an all-time high; how Newark is honoring Whitney Houston; and one of the directors of the Oscar-nominated documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory explains how the film helped three wrongfully convicted men get freed from prison.

Teacher Evaluation System Announced

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York, discusses how New York State education officials and teachers' unions came to a compromise and how teacher evaluations will be done.

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This Week in Tech Privacy: Path, Twitter, More

Several companies are facing criticism for the way in which they access your data -- and the way in which Apple makes it available. We discuss Path, Twitter, and this week in privacy with Sam Biddle, editor at Gizmodo.

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Comptroller Liu on the State of the City

New York City Comptroller - and expected 2013 mayoral candidate - John Liu discusses his state of the city address. 

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Interracial Marriage at All Time High

Fifteen percent of new marriages are between spouses of different races--and 8.4% of all marriages in the United States are between people of different races. That's an all-time high. Paul Taylor, executive vice president of Pew Research Center, director of Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project, and editor of the new report on interracial marriage in the United States, discusses the trend.

Listeners: Are you in an interracial marriage? Did anyone give you grief about it? Comment here!

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Whitney Houston and New Jersey Flags

David Cruz, reporter for NJTV, talks about Whitney Houston's ties to New Jersey and Gov. Christie's decision to fly flags at half-staff in tribute to her. What do you think? Did the Governor make the right call in flying flags at half-staff? Let us know!

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Oscar Nominated Documentaries: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Bruce Sinofsky, director, with Joe Berlinger, of "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory," discusses the final film of the trilogy telling the story of three boys murdered in West Memphis and the campaign the filmmakers helped launch to free the teenagers convicted of the crimes. 

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Watch: Marshall Curry on Whether War is Inevitable

Marshall Curry, documentary filmmaker and director of the Oscar nominated film "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," recently visited the WNYC studios. He answered the question at the center of our series End of War: Is War Inevitable?

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