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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan testifies during a hearing before the House Education and Labor Committee March 17, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Getty)

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan weighs in on the Obama education reform agenda. Plus: What’s in the newest batch of WikiLeaks documents? An illustrated history of America tells the "story of us"; 30 Issues on hydrofracking; and more global English.

WikiLeaks: Iraq War Logs

Simon Rogers, news editor and editor of The Guardian Datablog and Datastore, discusses the latest WikiLeaks document release and what the data from the Iraq war documents tell us. 

The Guardian's map of deaths drawn from data in the WikiLeaks documents is below.

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Arne Duncan: Education Reform

Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education, discusses progress made on the Obama Administration's education reform agenda halfway through the term. 

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30 Issues: Hydrofracking

WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz discusses the controversy over hydraulic fracturing in areas of upstate New York and elsewhere along the Marcellus Shale, how the issue frames the relationship between New York City and the rest of the state, and where the candidates stand on the issue.

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Us Now

Novelist, historian and author Kevin Baker looks back over the 400 years of United States history while discussing his new book, America The Story of Us: An Illustrated History

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Global English: LOL

The world's current lingua franca picks up words and phrases from other languages and  sends them back again. Leslie Dunton-Downer, author of The English is Coming!: How One Language is Sweeping the World, explores some of these. 

We want your suggestions!  Nominate a word that should be a part of "global English" here.

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