Graduation Numbers; The G8 Summit; 20 Years After Dead Man Walking

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New York City just released high school graduation numbers. The city’s Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky is here to discuss. Plus: Justin Vogt, senior editor at Foreign Affairs magazine, talks about the Syria news out of the G8 conference, and explains why it’s important the Taliban signaled it’s ready to talk peace; Sister Helen Prejean on the 20th anniversary of her book Dead Man Walking; Niall Ferguson talks about his new book – The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die; and journalist Graeme Wood explains how a former classmate scrubbed his online record clean. 

New York City's Grad Rate Debate

New York has just released high school graduation rate numbers -- New York City's 2012 graduation rate was 64.7 percent. NYC's Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky discusses the trends in the rate, and how increased standards will effect graduation numbers.

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International News: G8 on Syria; Taliban Peace Talks

The G8 summit was nominally about economic policy, but much of the talk centered on how the US and Russia will approach the Syrian conflict. Bloomberg Businessweek economics editor Peter Coy explains the G8 economic news, and  Justin Vogt senor editor for Foreign Affairs, discusses the latest international developments. Plus, the latest from Afghanistan, where the Taliban announced yesterday that they will engage in peace talks, but then launched an attack alter in the day.

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Dead Man Walking: 20 Years Later

Twenty years after the publication of her book that inspired a movie, an opera and a play, Sister Helen Prejean, Roman Catholic nun, advocate for abolishing the death penalty, and author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty In The United States, talks about the decline in support for the death penalty and her work to end its use.

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Civil Society in Decline

Niall Ferguson, Harvard professor of history and the author of The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die (Penguin, 2013), warns that Western democracies have entered a phase of decline.


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Scrub-A-Dub-Dub the Web

Graeme Wood, contributor to New York Magazine and Atlantic Monthly, explains how a college classmate scrubbed his online record clean and the "black-ops" tools available.


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Open Phones: Massive Protests in Brazil

Brazil is seeing the biggest protests in 20 years, but it's hard to get a sense of what is really going on. Reports are that the "Occupy"-style unrest is about the World Cup preparations, or transit fares, or inequality, or some combination of all of these factors. Brazilians, Brazilian-Americans: What do US listeners need to know about the protests in your country? What are you hearing from your contacts in Brazil? Call 212-433-9692 or post below. Brian Winter, Thompson-Reuters Sao Paolo bureau chief, helps take your calls.

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Need Advice? Ask Emily Yoffe

Slate's advice columnist, Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, will be answering your manners and morals questions and offering her advice throughout the summer on the Brian Lehrer Show. Our plan is to take an advice question from one of you each week and put you on the air with Emily. We'll also gather advice for you from other listeners too. So if you would like to be that person who gets to ask the question, please ask your question here in the comments section. (Reminder: If you'd like to remain anonymous, just choose a fake name. But we would want you to come on the air, so include your real email address so we can get in touch with you. Your email address will not be public.)

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