Middle East News; Blackstone CEO; Young Jean Lee

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat address reporters on the Middle East Peace Process Talks at the U.S. Department o (U.S. Department of State/Wikimedia Commons)

Jonathan Tepperman, the managing editor of Foreign Affairs, discusses violence in Egypt and U.S. diplomacy in the region. Plus: Merryl Tisch, the chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, discusses the new Common Core standards in New York and the drop in test scores; playwright, performer and director Young Jean Lee on her show “We’re Gonna Die;” The Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman on his new scholarship program in China and the state of the U.S. economy; and a psychiatrist’s take on dealing with the trauma of everyday life. 

Egypt, Middle East Peace, and US Diplomacy

The death toll in the recent wave of violence in Egypt has risen above 500, as the military moves against pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters. Jonathan Tepperman, managing editor of Foreign Affairs, discusses the latest news out of Egypt and more regional news. President Obama is expected to speak about the violence from Martha's Vineyard at 10:15am this morning.

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Common Core and Test Scores

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about the shockingly low standardized test scores for the new Common Core focus and how those scores should be interpreted.

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We're Gonna Die

Young Jean Lee, playwright, performer, and artistic director of Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, talks about "We're Gonna Die," the Obie-winning live show of songs and stories in performance through Saturday at LCT3, and the new album

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Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman

Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of the financial services corporation, The Blackstone Group L.P., talks about directing $300 million to an international scholarship program in China, and his views on the state of the US economy.

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The Explanatarium

It's time for another installment in our open-phones series "The Explanatarium" -- where you get one minute to explain something to your fellow WNYC listeners. Do you just "get" something most other people find complicated? Have you done the research and figured things out? If you think you can explain something complicated or often misunderstood - in 60 seconds or less - call in.

In previous installments (listen below) listeners have explained the difference between incandescent and halogen light bulbs; why altruism has an evolutionary purpose; and the origin of the phrase "break a leg."

If you can explain something - anything - clearly and simply, call 212-433-9692 or post below. No heavy opinion, no political rants, just compelling information and succinct clarification.

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Forged by Trauma

Mark Epstein, a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of The Trauma of Everyday Life (Penguin Press, 2013), talks about the prevalence of trauma, from crises to loneliness, and its central role in human development. 

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