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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Today, we’ll look into the efficacy of standardized tests with a man who spent 15 years working in the testing industry. Then, Jane Alison talks about her memoir The Sisters Antipodes. And two writers talk about being commissioned by the Flea Theater to write short plays on "The Great Recession." Plus, "60 Minutes" legend Morley Safer discusses his long career in broadcasting.

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Making the Grades

Todd Farley talks about his experience working for the standardized testing industry. His memoir Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry raises serious questions about the validity of many large-scale standardized tests, which have become a central focus in our education system.

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The Sisters Antipodes

Novelist Jane Alison discusses her memoir about her parents switching partners with another couple. The Sisters Antipodes tells the story of what happened when her parents divorced and remarried, throwing Jane and her sister-- and their two stepsisters--into a competition for the affections of their absent fathers, a contest ...

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The Great Recession

Playwrights Adam Rapp and Will Eno discuss being commissioned by the Flea Theater to write short plays about the recession. Adam Rapp’s short play “Classic Kitchen Timer” and Will Eno's “UNUM,” are both part of “The Great Recession.” “The Great Recession” opens December 10 at the


40 Minutes with Morley Safer

Journalist Morley Safer, winner of 12 Emmy awards, discusses his work on “60 Minutes” and long broadcasting career.

Event: Morley Safer will be in conversation with NY1’s Budd Mishkin
Thursday, December 17, at 8:15 pm
92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Tickets: $27; more ...

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