Bridging the Divide

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

On today's show, a Pakistani-born professor of an American university explains his work to change post-9/11 mutual misperceptions between the US and Muslim countries. Also, prominent education activist Jonathan Kozol explains what it takes to survive the first year of teaching in an inner-city public school. We'll also find out why the American Revolution may not have been that revolutionary after all. But first, we continue our conversation on the role that campaign spouses play on the election trail.


Jonathan Kozol

Campaign Spouses Continued

Candidates’ spouses can get almost as much media attention as the candidates themselves. On August 8, our interview with Gail Collins, New York Times columnist, and Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Cleveland Plain Dealer and a political spouse herself, was interrupted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s press conference concerning ...

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Letters to a Young Teacher

Jonathan Kozol is a prominent education activist and commentator. But first, nearly 40 years ago he was a young, idealistic public school teacher in inner-city Boston. Letters to a Young Teacher is a series of letters written to Francesca, a first-grade teacher at an inner-city public school, on how to ...

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Revisionist History

In Patriot Battles, Michael Stephenson attempts to strip away the popular history and national mythology that has embalmed the American Revolution. He even argues that the war was not revolutionary in any sense.

Patriot Battles is available for purchase at

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Journey into Islam

Is there a clash of civilizations between the Western and Islamic worlds? Akbar Ahmed, Islamic studies professor at American University, was concerned there was. And so, after the events of September 11, he left America for the Muslim world to create a dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims. Journey into Islam ...

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