Obama in Mexico; East Ramapo School Response; Eve Ensler

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

This week President Obama will head to Mexico. We discuss what the administration hopes to accomplish in terms of trade, energy and security. Plus: A Hasidic leader in Rockland County responds to allegations that members of the Orthodox Jewish community are abusing their place on the East Ramapo school board; Eve Ensler discusses her new memoir detailing her work with women in the Congo and her own struggle with cancer; and WNYC's Robert Lewis talks about his investigation into two nonprofit special education school networks in the area. 

Following Up: Hasidic Leader on Rockland School Controversy

Last week, Brian spoke to the author of a New York Magazine article about tensions in the Ramapo school district. Rockland County legislator Aron Wieder, (District 13) and former President of the East Ramapo School Board, responds to criticisms that members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Rockland County are using their seats on the East Ramapo school board to make decisions that are in their best interest, although they do not send their children to public schools.

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Bill de Blasio on Housing, Stop-and-Frisk

Bill de Blasio New York City Public Advocate and candidate for mayor, reacts to Mayor Bloomberg's speech in defense of the NYPD and talks about his plan for affordable housing and other campaign issues.

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The Tony Nominees

Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz reviews the nominations for Broadway's Tony Awards.

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President Obama in Mexico

President Obama is visiting Mexico Thursday. Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, talks about what to expect from the trip and the relationship between Obama and President Pena Nieto.

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Trouble at Lake Grove and the Lessons for Nonprofit Schools

Robert Lewis, WNYC investigative reporter, discusses his reporting on allegations of financial mismanagement and abuse at two nonprofit, special education schools run by the Lake Grove School Network -- both of which are almost entirely funded with taxpayer money.


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Eve Ensler Embodied

Eve Ensler, activist, author of The Vagina Monologues and now, In the Body of the World: A Memoir, shares the story of how working with rape victims in the Congo and her own battle with cancer helped her reconnect with her body.

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