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Mon., 2/13/12
NH Gives Power to the Parents

New Hampshire Gives Power to the Parents
Classroom
New Hampshire has passed a law allowing parents to opt their kids out of a class if they object to what's being taught in the classroom. The new law, which has raised contention, calls for alternative lesson plans to be drawn up instead. Critics say the law wrests control away from school boards and educators who come up with curricula in the first place, but supporters argue that putting the power in parents' hands is the whole point.

We want to hear from you this hour. Do you support parents getting the final say? Is education a public good - equally good for everyone? Should parents let kids opt out of science classes? What if they object to a book on an English class reading list? What about sex ed? Call us at 877 301 8970, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

GUESTS:
  Arnie Arnesen, radio and TV commentator based in New Hampshire
  Fergus Cullen, public affairs consultant, former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party, and an editorial page columnist with the New Hampshire Union Leader
  Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at the Century Foundation in Washington, D.C., author of Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battle Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy
  Neal McCluskey, associate director at the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C., author of Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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