Settling Up

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In a new assessment of corruption state by state, New Jersey ranks the least corrupt state in the nation. WNYC reporters Bob Hennelly and Cindy Rodriguez discuss where New Jersey and New York stand on the corruption scale—and discuss how best to quantify corruption. Plus: hear about the Mets’ owners’ $162 million settlement in the Madoff lawsuit; Princeton University professor and author Julian Zelizer discusses his new book about renewed interest in American political history; the private costs of public schools; and author Anne Lamott talks about being a grandmother.

Mets Settle on Madoff Money

Greg David, director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School and contributor to Crain's New York Business Modern New York:The Life and Economics of a City, discusses the settlement in the civil suit alleging the Mets' owners knowingly profited from Madoff's fraud.

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The Future of Mobile News

Amy Mitchell, deputy director for the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, discusses Pew's State of the News Media 2012 report and its findings on mobile devices. 

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Parent Funding for Schools

Kyle Spencer, freelance education reporter and New York Times contributor, and Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, talk about class conflict within New York City public school PTAs and the broader issue of parental funding for public schools.

SchoolBook asks, how much has your child’s public school education cost you so far this year?

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Learning From History

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Governing America: The Revival of Political History, looks at what renewed interest in American political history says about the country.

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Grading State Corruption: New Jersey Scores Best?

In a new report that grades every state by transparency and corruption, New York ranks 36th and New Jersey is ranked as the least-corrupt state in the nation. WNYC reporters Cindy Rodriguez and Bob Hennelly discuss the findings, the (somewhat flawed) methodology, and what's important when it comes to measuring corruption.

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Grandma Lamott

After striking a chord with her story of single motherhood, Operating Instructions, Anne Lamott, author of Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son, now writes of her experience as a grandmother.  

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