New America Podcasts

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The Sidebar: Atlanta Cheating and California Dreamin'

April 4, 2013
Dana Goldstein explores why Atlanta teachers secretly erased their students' incorrect test scores and what the scandal tells us about education policy in the US, and Joe Mathews explains why Americans perpetuate false narratives of California, and how we should really think about the Golden State. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

In The Tank: The Name's Jane, Jane Bond

April 1, 2013
Do women make better spies than men? Has the CIA’s laser- focus on Al Qaeda blinded it to other critical security issues? How could new CIA Director John Brennan change the agency?

Education Watch: Putting Cracks in the Credit Hour and Academic March Madness

April 1, 2013
This week’s podcast features Amy Laitinen, deputy director of the Education Policy Program at New America and a former U.S. Department of Education policy advisor, discussing the latest move by the Department toward competency-based learning in higher education. Amy offers context for the movement from measuring seat-time – via the commonly use credit hour – to a focus on learning. Clare McCann, a program associate at New America, discusses the NCAA March Madness final four schools, ranking them on their success with students.

New America NYC: Why Everyone Should Learn to Code

March 29, 2013
In today’s world of increasing reliance on technology, coding and tech skills are more important than ever. Coding is the modern-day language of creativity, a critical path to innovation and a powerful force in the economy. It's a critical skill for the jobs of tomorrow. Those equipped can build a company and realize a vision. Many thinkers aim to make coding a widespread skill, teaching it to American students and professionals alike, while some say it's overrated.

In The Tank: Pivot to Iceland

March 28, 2013
What can Iceland's Parliament and students at Dartmouth College teach Congress about policymaking? Quite a bit, according to a new paper written by the Open Technology Institute's Lorelei Kelly. In "How Do They Know?" Kelly spotlights institutions around the world that have mastered the art of gathering unbiased, expert knowledge to aid policymaking - a process she argues is tripping up Congress and paralyzing its ability to make decisions.

In The Tank: How to Sidestep the Double-Whammy

March 28, 2013
In this In the Tank podcast, Rachel Black of the Assets Building Program, and Rachel Fishman of the Education Policy Program talk about some of the simple fixes states can make to encourage saving for college and the benefit states would get from these changes. And they even have advice for parents who are hoping to avoid that double-whammy.

The Sidebar: The XX Code and Syria's Status

March 28, 2013
Etsy’s Martha Girdler breaks down misconceptions about coding and tells us why it’s a great field for women. Leila Hilal provides an update on Syria’s long road to revolution. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

The Sidebar: Seeds of a Monopoly and Polarizing Pipelines

March 21, 2013
Steve LeVine and Jennifer Rowland dig into the complex politics of the Iran- Pakistan pipeline, and Lina Khan traces the impact of biotech company Monsanto's monopoly on seeds - and why the Obama administration stopped fighting it. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Education Watch: What Common Standards Mean for Teachers and Their Youngest Students

March 15, 2013
A conversation with Lindsey Tepe, a program associate at New America and a former elementary-school teacher, about the Common Core State Standards, which lay out new common expectations for what students should learn each year they are in school. Lindsey offers highlights from recent surveys of how teachers feel about these new standards.

The Sidebar: Uber Cyborg

March 14, 2013
Marvin Ammori talks disruptive transportation technology and how the FTC can foster competition. Neil Harbisson, cyborg activist, explains why we should all want to be cyborgs. Adam Sneed hosts.
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