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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Pakistani protester holds a burning US flag during a protest on February 9, 2012 against the US drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region. (AFP/Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

The White House has been trying to codify drone strike policy. Scott Shane of The New York Times talks about his reporting on why the Obama administration has recently been keen on creating a rule book. Plus: Neil Barofsky on the change of leadership at the SEC; what’s behind a spike in traffic-related deaths in New York City; WNYC’s Beth Fertig on this year’s report cards for NYC high schools; Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics; and a new book examines American culture at the Renaissance Faire.

Obama Administration Codifying Drone Policy

Scott Shane, reporter for The New York Times, discusses his report that the Obama Administration has been working on writing a rule book for U.S. drone use.

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School Report Cards

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, talks about this year's report cards for NYC high schools, plus updates the status of the system in the month since Sandy.


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Freakonomics: Knowledge is Power?

Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio, talks about the program's new season and this week's episode, which explores why being well-informed doesn't necessarily change what we believe.

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Changes at the SEC

Neil Barofsky, former Special Inspector overseeing TARP and author of BAILOUT: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street, talks about changes at the SEC and what it means for financial reform.


NYC Traffic Deaths in Context

Robert Kolker, contributing editor for New York Magazine, discusses his new piece on why traffic deaths are up in NYC, and how the city is trying to make intersections safer.

What do you think is NYC's most dangerous intersection, and what can be done to fix it? Call 212-433-9692 or post below!

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At the Renaissance Faire

Rachel Lee Rubin, professor of American Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston and author of Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture, looks at what the phenomenon of "the faire" says about American culture at large.

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