30 Issues with Diane Ravitch; UN General Assembly; Obamacare Funding; Bill McKibben

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Monday, September 23, 2013

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As world leaders gather at the UN in New York for the General Assembly, New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger previews the week. Plus: New York magazine's Jonathan Chait on the fight over the budget and Obamacare; environmental activist Bill McKibben on his new book; and the election series 30 Issues in 30 Days begins with a conversation with Diane Ravitch about charter school, Common Core curriculum and her new book. 

US and Iran: United Nations?

Iran is indicating it is willing to curb its nuclear weapons program -- but at the UN General Assembly this week Israel is expected to warn that it considers the proposal a trap. David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent and author of  Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013), discusses the prospects for better relations between the U.S. and Iran, Syria and other international news.

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Obamacare and the Government Shutdown

It's one week to a possible government shutdown -- if Republicans and Democrats can't pass a new budget. Jonathan Chait, daily columnist at New York Magazine, talks about the Republican effort to tie funding the government to the defunding of Obamacare.

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Diane Ravitch on School Reform

The New York University professor discusses school reform in New York City and the challenges expected for the next mayor around charters, "Common Core" testing, and more.

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Bill McKibben's Path to Environmental Activism

Bill McKibben, activist and author most recently of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activisttalks about his new book in which he recounts his personal story about his activism around a sustainable planet.

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How Do You React to the Pope's New Tone?

An interview with Pope Francis published last week revealed that his belief that the church "sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small minded rules." Catholics, what did you hear in church about Pope Francis's remarks last week about sexual morality?


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#30issueschat: Education

Throughout the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days," we're hosting a Twitter chat every Friday afternoon at 2pm to discuss the key issues for New York City and New Jersey's election. On Friday, September 20th, we hosted a #30IssuesChat around education - the topic for the first week of 30 Issues (9/23-9/27). Below, some highlights. Track the full hashtag conversation here. And join us this Friday at 2pm on Twitter for another #30IssuesChat.

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30 Issues in 30 Days 2013: Schedule and Archive

The Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days" looks at the key issues in the New York City mayoral and New Jersey governor's races. This year, we've grouped the conversations into focused weeks - see the (tentative) schedule below. Audio posted once a segment has taken place.

Also, join us every Friday for a #30IssuesChat on Twitter. At 2pm every Friday until election day, we'll discuss the issues that matter and use the conversation to set our 30 Issues segments the following week.

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