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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A ninth grade English teacher at Sacramento High School goes over techniques for answering standardized test questions in this photo from last May. A ninth grade English teacher at Sacramento High School goes over techniques for answering standardized test questions in this photo from last May. ((Ben Adler/WNYC))

Public school students take their math exams today. Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York Board of Regents, weighs in on efforts to boost high school graduation rates and role of standardized testing. Plus: perceptions of the U.S.-China relationship; an investigation of President George W. Bush’s National Guard service; cultural critic Mark Dery on American pop culture; and why insurance companies are changing the way they reimburse patients. 

Construction Company Admits Fraud

Bob Hennelly, WNYC's contributing editor for politics and investigations, talks about the construction company that agreed to pay $56 million in fines yesterday, after admitting to widespread fraud.

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Checking In On Standardized Testing

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about standardized testing and new efforts to raise high school graduation rates in the state.

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U.S.-China Perceptions

Frank Wu, Committee of 100 member and chancellor and dean of University of California Hastings College of Law, and Anla Cheng, Committee of 100 board member and partner at Sino-Century China Private Equity fund, talk about a new study about the cross cultural perceptions of U.S.-China relations.

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Joe Hagan on George W. Bush's National Guard Record

Joe Hagan, contributing editor at New York Magazine, Rolling Stone and Men's Journal, talks about his exclusive investigation into President George W. Bush's Air National guard service in the latest issue of Texas Monthly.

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Thinking Bad Thoughts

Mark Dery, cultural critic and author of I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-By Essays on American Dread, American Dreams, critiques contemporary American pop culture, from Lady Gaga to the apocalypse.

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Your Insurance Is Costing More

Nina Bernstein, health care reporter for The New York Times, discusses her reporting on how the largest health insurers in the country have been calculating the price of care based on Medicare rates - a calculation which pushes prices up.

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Tracy K. Smith

Watch: Tracy K. Smith on Whether War is Inevitable

Tracy K. Smith, Brooklyn resident and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for Life on Mars: Poems, visited the WNYC studios recently to talk about the award and her work writing and teaching poetry. While she was here, she answered the Brian Lehrer Show End of War question: Is war inevitable?

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