Education in NJ; Iran Diplomacy; Internet Reigns

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The 30 Issues in 30 Days series continues with Education Week. We’ll look at the education issues at play in the gubernatorial and US Senate races in New Jersey. Plus: New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman talks about his investigation into fraudulent positive reviews on services like Yelp. Then, an update on the diplomatic situation with Iran from Robin Wright, of the Woodrow Wilson International Center and the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal’s Farnaz Fassihi. And Columbia University’s Sudhir Venkatesh on his new book about New York’s underground economies and illicit markets.

Two Moves to Civilize the Internet

Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, talks about his investigation into the online reputation management industry and a settlement with 19 companies over "astro-turfing" -- posing fake positive reviews in order to boost online ratings. Plus: the arrest of former nonprofit director William Rapfogel, and a crackdown on high-frequency trading

Then, Eric Goldman, professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law and also director of the High Tech Law Institute there, talks about California's new law requiring online companies to remove online records if a minor requests it. 

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Fact-Checking a Heated Public Advocate Debate

Last night's runoff debate for the Democratic Public Advocate nomination was testy and full of both personal and policy-oriented attacks -- from ties to Bloomberg to questions about contributions from developers and affordable housing at the Brooklyn Bridge Park project. Ben Max of DecideNYC and Zack Fink of NY1 News fact-check the claims and discuss what comes next for Tish James and Daniel Squadron.

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30 Issues: New Jersey Education

It's Education Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Today: Education policy in New Jersey, from Cory Booker's Newark record to Chris Christie's relationship with teacher's unions. Nancy Solomon, New Jersey Public Radio managing editor, and John Mooney, founding editor of, discuss education in the gubernatorial and U.S. senate races in New Jersey.


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Iran and the United Nations

Both President Obama and Iranian President Rouhani spoke of seeking peace in their addresses to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday. Farnaz Fassihi, senior staff writer for The Wall Street Journal covering the Middle East, and Robin Wright, joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center, former diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post and the author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World (Simon & Schuster, 2011), update the diplomatic situation with Iran

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New York's Underground Economy

Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia professor of sociology and the author of Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy, offers a sociologist's view of New York's illicit markets -- for drugs, sex and undocumented labor -- and how they differ from Chicago's.


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