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August 18, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Last week, a 13 year-old Staten Island boy committed suicide, claiming in a note that he was bullied and although he sought help at his school, there was no intervention. The boy, Daniel Fitzpatrick, is sadly just one example of the high costs of bullying. Nearly six years ago, 18 year-old Tyler Clementi became the victim of bullying when his […]

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August 09, 2016 at 3:36 pm

There was a time when the American working class wielded real political and economic clout, but now, the members of the new working class, largely invisible and political powerless, can barely make ends meet. But is the new working class a sleeping giant that is beginning to wake up to its untapped political power? Author and Vice President of Policy […]

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August 09, 2016 at 5:22 am

Race is one of the nation’s hot button issues, with opinions on all sides. Last year, The New York Times launched a series of documentaries titled Conversations on Race that examined race relations and discrimination. One of those documentaries, “A Conversation with Latinos on Race,” follows the intimate stories of 13 Latino Americans and reveals their challenges with race on […]

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August 08, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Race is one of the nation’s hot button issues, with opinions on all sides. Last year, The New York Times launched a series of documentaries titled Conversations on Race that examined race relations and discrimination. One of those documentaries, “A Conversation with Latinos on Race,” follows the intimate stories of 13 Latino Americans and reveals their challenges with race on […]

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July 26, 2016 at 4:30 am

In 2010, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, then Newark mayor Cory Booker, and Gov. Chris Christie announced an ambitious plan to transform Newark schools and make it a national model for reform. Author Dale Russakoff examines this plan in her detailed and eye-opening book The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? Maya Navon speaks with Russakoff about the key power players, […]

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May 20, 2016 at 5:25 pm

Perhaps no other city has influenced the culture of the entire country quite like New York. In his book The Brazen Age: New York City and the American Empire: Politics, Art, and Bohemia, David Reid writes about the city’s important figures, cultural accomplishments, and political climate during the period between 1945-1950. Rafael Pi Roman speaks with Reid about this fascinating […]

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May 02, 2016 at 6:27 pm

A year ago, Carmelyn Malalis took over as Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Within weeks of being in office, Malalis vowed to enforce the city’s human rights laws and revitalize the agency. Now, we speak with her to see what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done for undocumented immigrants who find themselves at the mercy of the law and discrimination.

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April 19, 2016 at 12:48 pm

After years of working as a non-profit executive, primarily in educational institutions, Ed Boland decided to become an inner city high school teacher. In his new book, The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School, Boland tells the story of how his dream of making a difference became a nightmare […]

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April 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm

In order to face today’s complex challenges, it is essential that we create solutions that are just, healthy, and sustainable. In her new book, The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries, author Zoe Weil details how a humane education system can help create thoughtful solutions and a better world. Rafael Pi Roman speaks with Weil about […]

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