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Public Defenders; Hilary Mantel; Emma Brockes' Memoir; Inside a Failing School

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Monday, June 24, 2013

The HBO documentary “Gideon’s Army” looks at the challenges facing public defenders in the Deep South, and we’ll speak with its director, Dawn Porter, and Travis Williams, one of the public defenders featured in the film. And Hilary Mantel talks about Bring Up The Bodies, this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club selection! Emma Brockes discusses uncovering mysteries of her mother's past. Ron Berler on spending a year in one of our nation’s 45,000 failing schools, and what teachers are doing to try to turn it around.

"Gideon's Army" and Public Defenders

Dawn Porter, director of “Gideon’s Army,” and Travis Williams, a public defender profiled in the documentary, discuss the work of public defenders. The film follows a group of idealistic young public defenders in the Deep South, where lawyers face particularly difficult challenges due to high bonds, minimum mandatory sentencing and a culture that is traditionally "tough on crime." It airs at 9:00 pm on July 1 on HBO.

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June's Book: Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel joins us for the next Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about Bring Up the Bodies, which won the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

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Emma Brockes' Memoir, She Left Me the Gun

Emma Brockes discusses discovering her mother’s hidden past. In her memoir She Left Me the Gun: My Mother’s Life Before Me, she tells her mother, Paula’s, story of growing up with an abusive, tyrannical father in South Africa,  seeking justice on her own when the court system fails her, then escaping to England to begin a new life.  

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Emily Bazelon on the Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Ruling

Emily Bazelon, a senior editor at Slate, a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School, discusses the Supreme Court's ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas.

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Inside One of America's Failing Schools

Journalist Ron Berler discusses spending a year at Brookside Elementary in Norwalk, Connecticut, sitting in on classes, strategy sessions, and even faculty meetings as teachers look for the chance to improve the school’s failing scores on the annual statewide standardized test known as the CMT. In Raising the Curve: A Year Inside one of America’s 45,000 Failing Schools, he looks at why the school is classified as failing—like so many others across the country—and how the faculty is working to turn the school around.

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Charles Imbimbo from Teaneck

Ms. Mantel is so enchanting! Just listening to her speak makes me want to read her books. Great guest!

Jun. 24 2013 12:49 PM

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