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The Brian Lehrer Show

Should I Go to Grad School?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Jessica Loudis, a writer and editor based in New York, is co-editor of Should I Go to Grad School?: 41 Answers to An Impossible Question (Bloomsbury USA, 2014). Joining her are David Levine, an artist based in New York and Berlin, and Michelle Orange, a writer and editor, who are contributors to the book. They discuss whether grad school makes sense for the humanities, given the time and money involved.

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Schoolbook

NYC Teachers, Take Note: If You Leave, You Lose

Monday, May 12, 2014

The city’s timetable for doling out retroactive pay incentivizes teachers to stay in the school system until 2020. But the city’s ability to afford the plan may actually bank on them leaving before then.

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Morning Edition

Why Aren't Teens Reading Like They Used To?

Monday, May 12, 2014

A survey of data shows a marked drop in teenagers reading for pleasure. Researchers are trying to figure out whether the explosion of e-reading and digital diversions is behind the decline.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How To Think Like A Freak: Say "I Don't Know"

Monday, May 12, 2014

Stephen Dubner, host of the Freaknomics podcast and co-author (with Steven Levitt) of Think Like A Freak (HarperCollins, 2014), joins The Brian Lehrer Show for a three-part series about retraining your brain to "think like a freak." Today, he'll explain why it's important to admit when you don't know the answer to a question, and the danger of predicting the future.

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All Things Considered

Veterans' Success At Home: More Than Just Landing Any Job

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Reliable data on federal education programs and job placement for veterans are scarce, so it can be hard to know whether service members are getting the support they need to pursue careers they want.

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Beating The Odds To Become First Female Chief Nuclear Officer

Sunday, May 11, 2014

There are nine men for every woman in nuclear engineering. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Maria Korsnick, the first female chief nuclear officer in the U.S., about her experience as a woman in the industry.

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Plenty Of Women Enter Academic Science. They Just Don't Stay

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Women are underrepresented in the senior ranks of academic science, but they attend grad school in equal numbers as men. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to science correspondent Joe Palca about the disparity.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Do You Actually Remember Who Spoke at Your Graduation?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Listen to our interview with George Saunders - about the graduation speech on kindness he gave - here. And our call-in segment asking you about your graduation can be found here.

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All Things Considered

Under Restructured Rules, Kansas Teachers Lose Tenure

Friday, May 09, 2014

Kansas lawmakers a bill that will take away some of the employment protections offered to teachers. Teachers argue this will allow them to be fired for unfair reasons.

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Schoolbook

Five Things in the Teachers Contract You May Have Missed

Friday, May 09, 2014

As union members decide how they will vote on the proposed $5.5 billion-dollar teachers contract, check out some of the fine print. There is a lot more in the deal than pay raises.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

George Saunders on Kindness

Friday, May 09, 2014

Last Spring, author George Saunders gave a graduation speech at Syracuse about kindness that quickly went viral. He talks about why the speech touched a nerve, and why he worries that "it's easy to confuse nice with kind." Plus: watch and read the full speech.

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What's Your Major? 4 Decades Of College Degrees, In 1 Graph

Friday, May 09, 2014

What is the mix of bachelor's degrees awarded today? And how has it changed since 1970?

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Schoolbook

Mulgrew: Teachers Drive Reforms in New Labor Contract

Friday, May 09, 2014

The delegates approved the labor contract but there is still a vocal group of critics who are encouraging members of the teachers union to reject the nine-year deal. Here the union president offers his argument for a 'yes' vote.

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Morning Edition

Books With Gay Themes Put S.C. Colleges' Funding At Risk

Friday, May 09, 2014

Students in South Carolina state colleges are rallying against what they see as a conservative attack on academic freedom.

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The Takeaway

Deaths of 40 Vets Spark Calls for VA Reform | Does the World Care About Young, Black Girls? | A Mother's Day Message from Neil deGrasse Tyson & His Mother

Friday, May 09, 2014

After 40 Veterans Die, Pressure Mounts for VA Reform | Businesses Rate Consumers. Do You Know Your Score? | Russians Celebrate 69th Annual Victory Day with Fervor | Reviews of this Weekend's New Movie Releases | Does the World Care About Young, Black Girls? | Neil deGrasse Tyson's Mom Explains ...

All Things Considered

Lately, Title IX Has Made Its Presence Felt Beyond The Playing Field

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Title IX is known mostly for ensuring girls have the same chance as boys to participate in sports, but it has another role, too: It requires colleges to prevent sexual assault and violence on campus.

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All Things Considered

After Stanford Divests From Coal, Activists' Hopes Turn To Harvard

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Stanford University's decision to stop direct investments in coal mining companies is encouraging student-led divestment movements at other universities. Chloe Maxmin of Divest Harvard discusses her hopes following Stanford's announcement. Harvard University has the largest university endowment in the U.S.

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All Things Considered

New Rules Aim To Keep School Doors Open For Undocumented Students

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Obama administration is issuing new guidelines to keep states from barring the children of undocumented immigrants from attending public school. The Supreme Court has guaranteed these children free access to a public education, but some states appear to be denying it anyway.

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Schoolbook

Mayor Puts Free Lunch on Ice

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Despite the City Council's urging, Mayor Bill de Blasio isn't ready to offer free meals to all New York City students because he's not sure that the city won't lose federal funds.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Where You're From, Not What You Look Like

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Should we end race-based affirmative action in favor of helping people from certain geographic areas instead? Georgetown Law professor Sherryl Cashin makes the case that where you're from matters much more than what you look like. Plus: read an excerpt of her new book.

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