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Monday, October 13, 2008

Find out whether scores from educational tests like the SAT and the MCAT are misinterpreted...and whether there’s a better measure of academic achievement out there. Also: an academic-turned-cop who worked the streets in one of Baltimore’s toughest neighborhoods. We look at winemaking as an art as opposed to a business. Plus, the story behind the restoration of Max Ophuls’ 1955 cinematic masterpiece “Lola Montes.”

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Cop in the Hood

While in grad school, sociologist Peter Moskos also became a police officer in a troubled neighborhood in Baltimore. He describes his life as an academic-turned-cop in his new book, Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District.

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Big Wine

We’ve heard of Big Oil and Big Pharma…but Big Wine? Wine journalist Alice Feiring says we should reject Big Wine – viticulture as a business and technology – and return to the way things used to be done. Her new book is The Battle for Wine and Love.

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1955 Classic Film “Lola Montes”

Max Ophuls’s 1955 cinematic masterpiece “Lola Montes” has been newly restored, and is now showing at the Film Forum (209 W. Houston St.). Laurence Braunberger is the daughter of legendary New Wave producer Pierre Braunberger, who issued a limited restoration to great acclaim in 1969.

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What Educational Testing Really Tells Us

Students, schools, and teachers are often judged by standardized test scores. Find out what tests like the MCAT and the SATs really measure, and how often are they misunderstood and misused. Daniel Koretz is author of Measuring Up.

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