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Friday, March 02, 2012

Students design their ideal high school at a weekend enrichment program by the Educational Alliance on the Lower East Side. Scott P., center, is an eighth grader who hopes to get into LaGuardia H.S. (Yasmeen Khan/WNYC)

As round two of the public high school selection process in New York City begins, two principals from new schools discuss their mission. Seung Yu of the Academy for Software Engineering and Bernardo Ascona of the new Union Square Academy for Health Sciences explain. Then, John Horgan returns for another conversation on his book and our series on The End of War. Plus: the politics of gasoline prices; and Felicia Lee, a swimmer, talks about her work to get on the Olympic team.

Why Gas Prices are Rising

Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, explains why gas prices are on the rise.

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New High School Round Table

As round two of the high school selection process begins, Seung Yu, principal of the new Academy for Software Engineering, Stacy McCoy, founding principal of The Bronx Compass High School, and Bernardo Ascona, principal of the new Union Square Academy for Health Sciences, talk about their new schools.

See information on all ten of the new high schools opening this September below.

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End of War: John Horgan on Peace Building

As part of the End of War series, John Horgan, science journalist, director of the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and author of The End of War, discusses a way toward peace. 

Take the End of War survey and tell us if you think war is inevitable, and check out the results of the survey so far.

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Open Phones: Your Best Idea in the Last Year

Call us and tell us about the best idea you've had in the last year. It can be anything--big or small. Did you come up with a way to solve the energy crisis, if only the world would listen? Did you come up with a new iPad app? Did you decide to ban watching TV in bed? Did you decide to break up with your partner and go solo? Call us up with your best idea of the last year. 212-433-WNYC, comment here, or tweet #bestidea!

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Olympic Hopefuls: Felicia Lee

Swimmer Felicia Lee talks about following her Olympic dream from Wayne, NJ, to Stanford, and then to London if she makes the team. 

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