Promoting a Culture of Science in the United States

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John Hockenberry sits down with MIT President Dr. Susan Hockfield.

There are many stereotypes associated with the sciences, including the ideas that scientific fields are out-of-reach, too intellectual, or exclusively for men and academia.

Today, Susan Hockfield, outgoing president of M.I.T., discusses these problems and says that the United States must create a culture of the sciences in order to generate interest in the masses. She also urges women to pursue careers in engineering and science and discusses the United States' approach to stem cell research.

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Jillian Weinberger, (440) 781-8663, jweinberger@wnyc.org

 

Guest 1:              Manuel Roig-Franzia, author of the book ,The Rise of Marco Rubio, and reporter at the Washington Post

 

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Guest:  Manuel Roig-Franzia, author of the book ,The Rise of Marco Rubio, and reporter at the Washington Post

 

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INTRO

 

Marco Rubio, the young Cuban-American Republican senator from Florida, is the current darling of the GOP.

 

Hailed as the next Ronald Regan, and as a possible savior of the Republican Party, Rubio has rapidly become a charismatic political force.

 

Manuel Roig-Franzia, in his book, The Rise of Marco Rubio, skillfully traces Rubio’s rise to prominence, starting with his Cuban American background, and ending with his election as a United States Senator.

 

Franzia makes a compelling case that Rubio’s knack for perfect timing, and for making smart political alliances, in combination with his incredible charisma, have helped him reach political superstardom.

 

 

 

 

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          How did Rubio manage to build political momentum quickly?

 

In your book, you mention the importance of religion to Rubio.

à How has Rubio’s faith transformed, and how has this             affected his politics?

 

Rubio’s Cuban-American background is integral to his political identity.

à In what way has Rubio’s background affected his career and political choices?

 

Many people might assume that this Cuban-American background can help Rubio secure the Hispanic vote.

à In what way might he actually alienate the Hispanic vote, and what does this say about upcoming elections?

 

          One of Rubio’s key messages is that the United States must act with fiscal austerity.

          How do his campaign and personal finances contradict this message and what does that say about his image?

 

Rubio is often mentioned as a possible vice presidential nominee.

à In what way would you say that he would be an effective or not effective running mate for Romney?

 

 

 

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The Rise of Marco Rubio by Manuel Roig-Franzia