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Sec. Arne Duncan; “Knockout Games”; Your Medal of Freedom

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

President Barack Obama visits a class at P-Tech with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and P-Tech principal Rashid Davis (Getty)

Attacks known as “knockout games” are making headlines around the country. Jeffrey Butts of CUNY’s John Jay talks about what’s fueling the violence and the media coverage. Plus: US Education Secretary Arne Duncan on his push to recruit teachers; NJPR’s Matt Katz talks about Gov. Christie on the national stage; a deep dive into blasphemy laws; and who deserves a Medal of Freedom?

Arne Duncan Wants YOU To Teach

After all the focus on getting rid of "bad" teachers, Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education, talks about the need for new teachers to replace a large cohort of those about to retire.

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New Role for Chris Christie

Governor Christie has a new role as chairman of the Republican Governor's Association. WNYC reporter Matt Katz discusses how that helps with a possible run for president.

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Is the News Media Over-Hyping "The Knockout Game?"

"The Knockout Game" is a phenomenon where teens assault strangers by trying to knock them out with one punch. Is this really something we need to worry about?

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A-Rod Storms Out

Yesterday, Alex Rodriguez stormed out of his arbitration hearing after being informed that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig would not be testifying in the case over his use of performance enhancing drugs. Later, a lawyer for Rodriguez told WFAN's Mike Francesa that "there is no legal forum in the United States where a man doesn't get to face his accusers." NPR's Mike Pesca discusses whether A-Rod has a point, and whether Selig should have to state baseball's case in person.

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Against Blasphemy Laws

Having been their victim, Shemeem Burney Abbas, associate professor of political science and gender studies at the State University of New York at Purchase College, and the author of Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws: From Islamic Empires to the Taliban(University of Texas Press, 2013) argues that blasphemy laws in Pakistan and other Islamic countries are politically motivated, not religious.

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Open Phones: Your Medal of Freedom Nominations

Yesterday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to 16 people – including some notable New Yorkers like Gloria Steinem, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and Bill Clinton. Call in with your nominations for the Brian Lehrer Show Medal of Freedom. We’re looking for those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the interests of New York, New Jersey, civic engagement, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

 

 

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