Mental Edge

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

A new documentary takes you inside the cutthroat competition to get in to New York's top nursery schools. New Jersey has released the budget for its (regular) school system. The story of a cover-up around Bank of America's troubles. And how college students and others are turning to "neuroenhancers" to get that mental edge. Plus, why are there no Asian superheroes? Event Tonight! Cityscapes Newtown Creek Nature Walk


Liz Rappaport of the Wall St. Journal on new information that is emerging about how the US government put pressure on Bank of America to stay silent about their troubled plans.

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NJ Budget Vote

WNYC's Bob Hennelly and Frank Belluscio, communications director of the New Jersey School Boards Association, talk about the voting results of the New Jersey school budget proposals.

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Writing Themselves In

Jeff Yang, "Asian Pop" columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and one of the editors of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology (New Press, 2009), Asian Americans are well represented among the writers, artists and readers of contemporary comics, now they have a place among the superheroes.

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Better, Faster, Stronger, Smarter

New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot explores the world of neuro-enhancing drugs.

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Seles is More

Tennis legend Monica Seles discusses life on and off the court, and her new book Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self.

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Pee Wee Competition

Marc H. Simon,, co-director of the documentary Nursery University and Tony Pratofiorito, one of the fathers featured in the film, talk about how competitive it's become to get into New York City pre-schools.

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