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Shaking Up the World: From Global Conflict to the Classroom

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Monday, August 04, 2014

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On today’s show: Rebecca Schuman, education columnist for Slate, discusses grade inflation, adjunct professors, tenure, relationships between professors and students, and other issues in higher education. Robert Altman’s widow, Kathryn Reed Altman, and actor Bob Balaban talk about the unorthodox director of M*A*S*H, Nashville, Short Cuts, Gosford Park, and other memorable movies. Stephen Carter talks about his new novel, called Back Channel, a retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. And New York Times columnist Roger Cohen looks at the ways WWI shaped the world—and whether a conflict on that scale could happen again.

Getting a PhD in the Humanities Could Wreck Your Life

Grade inflation, weird professor-student relationships, the battle for tenure, and the use and abuse of adjunct professors. Is all this worth it to be a doctor of letters?

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How Robert Altman Changed the Movies

The director of "M*A*S*H," "Nashville," "Gosford Park," and other great films defied Hollywood conventions.

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Revisiting the Cuban Missile Crisis

Stephen L. Carter's historical thriller imagines the secret communications between Kennedy and Khrushchev.

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Could Another World War Happen?

One hundred years after the start of World War I, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen examines how that conflict shaped the world today and argues that a war on that scale could happen again.

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Tribute: Steve Post

The former WNYC host and world-class curmudgeon's program "Morning Music” ran for two decades.

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