Episode # 710: Podcast for September 22, 2012 Shows


Your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviewed Diane Ravitch on education and the Chicago school strike, and Moustafa Bayoumi on ‘Men Behaving Badly.’

Our irregular correspondents were law professor Brian Foley on the law and war, ‘Our Man in Dublin’ Will Lynch, Elvis DeMorrow caled out from the Konspiracy Korner, and Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth.

Producing this weekend’s show were Theron Hummiston and Alex Jerri.

Diane is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. She is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Last year, she won the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences for her “careful use of social science research for the public good.” From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program. She was appointed by the Clinton administration’s Secretary of Education Richard Riley in 1997 and reappointed by him in 2001. She is the author of the 2010 book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education” (Basic Books). Her most recent writing includes the New York Review of Books article, “Two Visions for Chicago’s Schools.”

Moustafa is professor of English at Brooklyn College and the author of 2008′s “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America” (Penguin). His most recent writing includes, “Men Behaving Badly,” concerning the anti-US violence in the Muslim world.




  • Pinkerton A.D.

    I liked Brian Foley’s reference to sports talk radio. I enjoy listening to sports talk radio, but always enjoy when they have a lawyer come on as a guest after a whole days worth of speculation. Our land is based on laws and most of the time when you want to understand the potential outcome of a situation the best person to talk to is a lawyer. Great irregular correspondent. Always enjoy listening to Diane Ravitch’s take on our educational system. She is one of my favorite guests. Great show this week.

  • asfuck

    that haiti weirdo aint on this one. wtf