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Friday, November 23, 2012

We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Today we’re rebroadcasting some favorite interviews. We’ll find out the history and future of anonymous information leaks by hackers and activists, like Wikileaks and Anonymous. Tony Danza tells us about his experiences teaching 10th-grade English for a year at Philadelphia’s largest high school, and explains why he wants to apologize to every teacher he’s ever had. Emma Straub talks about her new novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures. Plus, Paul Tough looks at why children’s success depends less on intelligence and more on skills like curiosity, optimism, and self-control.

WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists

Forbes journalist Andy Greenberg traces the history of the activists trying to free the world’s institutional secrets, from the cryptography revolution of the 1970s to Wikileaks’ founding hacker Julian Assange, Anonymous, and beyond. In This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information, he explains how hackers access private files of government agencies and corporations, bringing on a new age of whistle blowing.

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Tony Danza: Rookie Teacher

Tony Danza talks about his experience teaching tenth-grade English for a year at Philadelphia’s largest high school. I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High includes portraits of students and teachers, and reveals how hard he found it to keep students engaged, how committed he found most teachers to be, and the role of teacher as counselor.

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Emma Straub’s Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures

Emma Straub talks about her novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, a story of a Midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age.

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How Children Succeed

Many believe a child’s success is based on intelligence and that those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs, will succeed in school and in life. Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. In How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, he writes of researchers and educators who are using new tools to develop character, uncovers the ways in which parents do—and do not—prepare their children for adulthood, and he and he looks at ways to help children growing up in poverty.

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