The Summer of Forgetting

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

After a summer of all play and no work, kids are at risk of losing two months’ worth of learning. YMCA’s Marty Forth and CUNY professor of education Ken Gold explain why – and how kids can use their academic skills during summer break. Plus, is your online identity really anonymous? Ben Smith talks about the recent gag order on his blog, Room 8.

July Is Photo Month: See The Change Pictures!
On Monday we'll talk with some of the participants of our "Change for the Better, Change for the Worse" photo challenge, but you can see all the great submissions we received here.


Marty Forth, Ken Gold and Ben Smith

A Taxing Debate

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Bullying the Blogs

Ben Smith, co-founder of Room Eight, discusses a grand jury subpoena issued to silence his blog, where he writes about New York politics. Attorney Paul Alan Levy also joins us to talk about bloggers' First Amendment rights.

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Summer Learning Loss

When kids don't use it, they lose it, according to the YMCA Center for Summer Learning. The YMCA's Marty Forth explains why kids lose math and reading skills over the summer, and what can be done to prevent it. College of Staten Island professor of education Ken Gold chimes in ...

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Counterfeit Culture

You’ve seen them down on Canal Street, but do you know how they got here? Counterfeit goods are everywhere, but who’s behind the fake goods industry? Dana Thomas, European Editor of Portfolio and author of Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, and Susan Scafidi, author of the blog

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The Diversity Vote

Are the presidential candidates recent efforts to reach out to voters of color actually working? Christopher Smitherman, Cincinnati chapter president of the NAACP, and Pilar Marerro from La Opinion, weigh in on the issue.

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Far Away, At Home

Staying home for vacation is one thing, but recreating an out-of-country experienece takes it to a whole new level. Wall Street Journal Reporter Mary Pilon wrote about Karen Ash and others who are experiencing the far away from home, right at home.

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Ben Smith

Ben Smith

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Ben Smith, co-founder of Room Eight, joined us on Thursday to talk about a grand jury subpoena issued to silence his blog, where he writes ...


Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch

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Annabelle Gurwitch, spokesperson for the “Do Not Mail Registry” and host of Planet Green’s WA$TED, joined us on Wednesday to discuss the virtues of junk ...


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