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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

As Fred Thompson officially gets into the presidential race and all of Washington seems to await the Petraeus report, New York Times columnist Frank Rich offers his cutting take on national politics. It's the first day of the new school year; we take a look at the power of principals, and new math test results. We get an update on the continuing Deutsche Bank fire scandal, and take your calls with advice for college freshmen new to the city. Also, is American popular culture drowning in “quirk”?

Numbers don't add up

It's the first day of the new school year, and principals have more power than ever. Meanwhile the Daily News has investigated whether math scores have actually gone up, or if the tests difficulty has gone down. Erin Einhorn, staff reporter for the New York Daily News and Diane ...

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Deutsche Bank Update

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly fills us in on further developments and fallout from the Deutsche Bank fire in August.

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Open Phones: College in NYC

Jessica Nunez, Director of College Activities at Barnard College, discusses the orientation of college freshman, and we take calls from listeners who attended college in NYC to offer advice to this week's incoming class.

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Rich Material

Frank Rich, New York Times columnist and author of The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina, discusses why he thinks the White House obscures reality.

The Greatest Story Ever Sold is available in paperback at

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Quirked Out

Michael Hirschorn, contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly and executive vice president of original programming and production at VH1, believes American pop culture has been oversaturated with quirk.

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