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Monday, November 09, 2009

20 years ago today the Berlin Wall came down. Three authors of books on the fall of communism and its repercussions mark the occasion. Plus, 2009 is also the 10th anniversary of Radio Rookies, the WNYC program that lets teenagers tell their own stories on the air. Three past and current “rookies” talk about program and how it affected their lives. And, E.D. Hirsch argues for public schools and a core curriculum.

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E.D. Hirsch

Debrief on the Health Care Bill

Jonathan Alter, senior editor and columnist for Newsweek, offers analysis of the health care bill, and is joined by New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell.

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Educating for a Cohesive Citizenry

E.D. Hirsch, retired professor of education and humanities at the University of Virginia, advocates for core curricula and public schools in his new book, The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools.

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Rookies Anniversary

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Radio Rookies, two former rookies, Jesus Gonzalez, Youth Power community organizer for Make the Road By Walking, and Veralyn Williams, freelance TV, radio producer, reporter, and editor, share excerpts of their pieces and discuss how the program affected their lives.

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Twenty Years After The Fall of the Berlin Wall

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, three authors who have written on the subject look back on the fall of communism and its continuing repercussions:

Michael Meyer, chief speechwriter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former Newsweek Bureau chief for Germany, Central ...

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Abortion and the Health Care Bill

One last-minute element to the health care reform bill was the Stupak/ Pitts amendment, which limits coverage of abortions. Laurie Rubiner, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, discusses the amendment.

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