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Friday, April 13, 2012

Studio 360 Redesigns Teachers (Everett Collection/Shutterstock)

Former chancellor of the DC school system, Michelle Rhee, talks about her campaign for education reform that she’s now bringing to New York.  Plus: Advocates talk about service worker advocacy efforts.  Gilt Groupe co-founders Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson talk about their company and consumer culture.  Northwest Nazarene University professors Steve Shaw and Darrin Grinder explore the relationship between religion and politics from George Washington to Barack Obama.  And, humorist Joel Stein shares his tax accountant tales.

Michelle Rhee's Education Reform

Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington DC school system and now the head of Students First NY, talks about the new New York State advocacy group she's founded that's being described as a counter to the teachers' union. 

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The Road to Minimum Wage

Hilary Klein, lead organizer of Make the Road New York, and Luna Ranjit, executive director of Adhikaar, a Queens-based Nepalese support group, talk about their efforts to organize service workers, like manicurists and car wash attendants, for minimum wage and better working conditions. 

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Open Phones: Your NYC Bucket List

The winning conversation topic from yesterday's vote is: What is on your New York City bucket list? What would you tell someone they "must" do before leaving the city? 

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How Gilt Changed Shopping

Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founders of Gilt Groupe, and authors of By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop, discuss how their business changed the way we shop--and what it says about consumer culture today. 

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Presidents and Their Faiths

Steve Shaw, political science professor at Northwest Nazarene University, and Darrin Grinder, chair of the English department at Northwest Nazarene University, are co-authors of The Presidents & Their Faith: From George Washington to Barack Obama. They look at how the relationship between religion and the presidency has played out in history.

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The Tax Prep Smackdown

Joel Stein, humorist and contributing writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, used four methods of tax preparation and reports back.

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The tugboat Pegasus and the Lehigh Barge no. 79 passing the Statue of Liberty in the rain.

The Brian Lehrer Show Listener-Submitted “Leaving-New-York” Bucket List

Compiled by Wendy Sekimura and Mae Sussman

On Tuesday we asked listeners for conversation starters for the show and you sent us over 100 ideas and we put four of those up for a vote online. When a Brian Lehrer Show listener told us that he’s leaving New York City this summer  “possibly forever” and putting together a NYC bucket list, we thought it was a great idea for an open phones segment -- and so did you! Listeners voted to have this conversation today, although there was some resistance to the idea (“Make sure you get yourself a return ticket!” wrote Ken K.) we got great suggestions.

Here it is (in no particular order): The Brian Lehrer Show Listener-Submitted “Leaving-New-York” Bucket List!

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