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Monday, February 27, 2012

US soldiers board the last C17 aircraft carrying US troops out of Iraq. (Martin Bureau/AFP)

The End of War series continues with a conversation about why we go to war, with former war correspondent Chris Hedges, author of “War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning”, and Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickel and Dimed” and “Blood Rites.” Plus: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. on his State of the Borough address; and Ben Smith of BuzzFeed and Politico previews this week in politics.

Ben Smith Previews The Week in Politics

Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed and political columnist for Politico, sets the week in politics, from Romney's tax plan to tomorrow's primaries in Michigan and Arizona.

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Parents React to Teacher Ratings

Robert Gebeloff, New York Times database projects editor, talks about what parents can and should take away from the release of the ratings reports of roughly 18,000 public school teachers.

»» On Schoolbook: What Do You Think of the Decision to Release Data?

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State of The Bronx

Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx borough president, talks about some of his recent state of the borough address, including FreshDirect's move to the Bronx and the Kingsbridge Armory plans.

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End of War: Chris Hedges and Barbara Ehrenreich

Chris Hedges, former war correspondent, senior fellow at The Nation Institute, and author of several books including War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning and Death of the Liberal Class, and Barbara Ehrenreich, author of several books including Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passion of War  and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America, discuss why cultures are drawn to war.

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Plants and the Warm Winter Weather

Last week we opened the phones for listeners whose business was adversely affected by the warm winter weather. Today we talk about the impact on plants and flowers with Kristen Schleiter, curator of outdoor gardens at the New York Botanical Garden. How is your garden doing? Are you a farmer worried about your crops? Let us know!

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