Transcending Limits

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing tougher campaign finance rules for non-profits. Hear about why he thinks more regulation is needed. Plus: Judith Shulevitz of The New Republic talks about her cover story on the effects of “The Grey Generation”; the expansion of charter schools into middle class neighborhoods; the December series with Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation kicks off with a discussion on resilience; and director David Lynch on transcendental meditation.

AG Schneiderman: Campaign Finance Disclosure

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains the draft legislation he's issued that would require non-profit groups to disclose campaign spending.


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Looking at Charter Schools

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, talks about her series on the issues surrounding charter schools, including attrition rates and locations.



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Rebuilding Resilience: Lessons Learned

Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, appointed co-chair of the NYS 2100 commission to improve the resilience of infrastructure in New York post-Sandy, discusses her efforts and what New York can learn from other parts of the world that have suffered disasters.

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The Grayest Generation: Older Parents

Americans are becoming parents at older and older ages. The average first-time mother is now four years older (25) than she was in 1970. Judith Shulevitz, science editor at The New Republic and author of their cover story, "How Older Parenthood Will Upend American Society" talks about the impact for society, health, and families.

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Being Honest about the American Dream

Yesterday, one of WNYC's Radio Rookies told her story about not being able to be honest with her family in Congo about how hard life is in the United States. Danielle joins to tell her story, and Kim Nichols of the African Services Committee joins to talk about why it's so difficult to tell the truth about challenges.

The phone lines are open for stories from immigrants about what you tell your family and friends in your home country about life here. Did your expectations meet reality? What do you think they expect to hear about life here? Call in to 212-433-WNYC/9692 or leave your comment below. 

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David Lynch and Transcendental Meditation

David Lynch, founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. John Hagelin, president of the David Lynch Foundation and director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, a public policy think tank at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, discuss with Lynch the foundation's work funding stress-relieving modalities like Transcendental Meditation for at-risk populations, and veterans with PTSD.

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China and US: Clive Crook's First Response

Brian recently visited China on a trip for journalists sponsored by the Committee Of 100. He and his fellow travelers will be posting reflections on the blog over the next week. Here Clive Crook of the Atlantic responds to Brian's first post.

Thanks, Brian. You raise some very interesting questions.

I think I see the basic duality you mention a bit differently. To me, it’s not about the advantages of technocratic-meritocratic leadership (which you can have with or without democracy). It’s about two kinds of freedom--political and economic.

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