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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Michelle Rhee talks about her controversial tenure as chancellor of Washington D.C.’s public schools and what she’s doing now to improve our schools. We’ll mark the 50th anniversary of the New York Review of Books, with editor Bob Silvers and contributors John Banville and Darryl Pinckney. Then, Charles Duhigg talks about The Power of Habit, the February pick of the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! Plus, Ed Whitacre talks about bringing General Motors back from the brink of bankruptcy.

Michelle Rhee, Radical

Activist Michelle Rhee tells Leonard Lopate about her turbulent tenure as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools, her current work as an education activist, and her years of teaching in inner-city Baltimore.

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New York Review of Books at 50

Bob Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books, and contributors John Banville and Darryl Pinckney, discuss the publication’s 50th anniversary. A year of special events to celebrate the anniversary launches with a large public event at Town Hall on Tuesday, February 5, that will include contributors Michael Chabon, Joan Didion, John Banville, Mary Beard, Daniel Mendelsohn, Darryl Pinckney, and Mark Danner. 

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February’s Book: The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg

Our habits—good and bad—shape our lives, and understanding how habits work is key to losing weight, being more productive, exercising regularly, and achieving success.

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Turning Around GM

In 2009, Ed Whitacre, former chairman and CEO of AT&T, came out of retirement at the request of President Obama, to take over the corporate reins at General Motors when the automotive manufacturer was on the brink of bankruptcy. GM reached record profitability two years later. In American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA, Whitacre describes his unique management style, the process of turning GM around, and what shaped his career.

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Guest Picks: Michelle Rhee

Education advocate Michelle Rhee was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her experience as former chancellor of Washington, DC's public schools. She also told us what she's been reading and listening to these days!

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