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Thursday, November 05, 2009

President Obama yesterday praised Wisconsin for linking teacher pay to student performance. Beth Fertig, WNYC education reporter, explains what it means for New York classrooms and the teachers’ union. Then, former Virginia Senator John Warner co-sponsored the only climate change bill to successfully pass a Senate committee - he talks climate change, Afghanistan policy, and more.


Beth Fertig and John Warner

Online Odes: Thuuuuhhhhh.....Yankeeeesss Win!

The Bronx Bombers won their 27th world series last night, and it's time to celebrate with an Ode to the Yankees Acronym Contest. Post your acronym that spells out "Yanks," "Matsui," or some other Yankees-related word below!

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Warming Worries Warner

In one month, world leaders will meet in Copenhagen to address climate change. Former Virginia Senator John Warner, co-sponsor in 2006 of the only climate change bill passed by a Senate committee, explains what measures must be taken. He also served as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and discusses ...

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Education Reform in NY and NJ

President Obama gave a major education speech yesterday that may have implications for how New York runs its school system. Beth Fertig, WNYC education reporter and author of Why Can't You Teach Me 2 Read?, offers analysis and what changes NYC may adopt to get further federal funding. And ...

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Bridging the Digital Gap

Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices and research fellow at the Berkman Center, joins us weekly in November to talk about the global impact of social media.

This week's topic: Bridge-blogging.

For next week, check out, a website that uses machine-assisted translation technology to ...

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Graydon Carter Does Proust

For decades, the back page of Vanity Fair has been devoted to the "Proust Quiz," the same series of questions answered by celebrities and politicians. Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair discusses the highlights, which have been compiled in Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire: 101 Luminaries Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, ...

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Human Rights Awards

Human Rights Watch has honored two individuals with the 2009 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. The honorees, Daniel Bekele, anti-poverty activist and human rights lawyer in Ethiopia, and Elena Milashina, Russian investigative journalist, discuss their work in the face of repression and government corruption.

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Significant Objects

What gives an object meaning, or makes it worth anything at all. Rob Walker (who also writes the Consumed column for the Times) discusses the Significant Objects project, which picks random knick-knacks, recruits writers to write stories inspired by them, and sees what happens...

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