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Monday, September 17, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a look at K-12 education and where the presidential candidates stand on education reform. Michele McNeil, federal policy reporter at Education Week, reviews the platforms and Dana Goldstein at the New America Foundation discusses early childhood education. Plus: Mark Halperin of Time on political news; and what sound means for our brains.

Politics Beyond the Water's Edge

Mark Halperin, Time senior political analyst, editor-at-large, and co-author of Game Change, sets the week in politics, from the political fallout of the Middle East embassy attacks to new polling showing a consistent lead for President Obama.

Listeners: What did you learn last week about Obama and Romney's foreign policy approach? If you're an Obama supporter, are you satisfied with his reaction to the violence? If you're a Romney supporter, do you think he articulated his foreign policy effectively? Call 212-433-9692 or post below!

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The Middle East Protest Narrative

Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, digs deep into the continuing protests in the Middle East.

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Hearing and the Mind

Seth Horowitz, neuroscientist and professor at Brown University and the author of The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind, talks about how sound affects us and how we've learned to manipulate it.

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30 Issues: Educating for Tomorrow, K-12

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Comparing the candidates' public education policies, from kindergarten through high school. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Why Does Cheating Happen?

Scandals at Stuyvesant High School and Harvard have raised questions about how prevalent cheating is. Robert Kolker, writer for New York Magazine, discusses his recent article on research into the causes of cheating.

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Longform on the Issues: Jobs for Tomorrow, Jobs for Today

WNYC asked Longform to pick great stories as background reading for our 30 Issues in 30 Days series. These are stories that help illuminate and humanize the important issues this election year. Part One of 30 Issues looks at unemployment, manufacturing, the future of education, and the victims of the great recession.

For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform or follow @longform on Twitter. Have an iPad? Download Longform’s app to read the latest picks.

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