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New America NYC: Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden

April 23, 2013
A decade before America even knew his name, Osama bin Laden was being tracked by a team of mostly female C.I.A. analysts known as “The Sisterhood.” This extraordinary group of women warned Washington about Al Qaeda years before the 9/11 attacks, and their tireless efforts in the years that followed led to bin Laden’s downfall. Manhunt is an HBO Documentary Film and will premiere on HBO, Wednesday, May 1st. New America Foundation held this discussion on April 22 following a pre-release screening of Manhunt, a thriller that reveals the true story of the twenty-year hunt for bin Laden.

New America NYC: Is Wall Street Still Broken?

April 23, 2013
It's been just five years since the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression hit, yet Wall Street is booming again. Record-breaking stocks and ever-increasing investor confidence make it difficult to tell that it so recently took a half a trillion dollar bailout and major government intervention just to keep the economy afloat. With today's banks still too big to fail and the same risky behavior that led to the crisis still ruling on Wall Street, it's easy to worry that the lessons learned have quickly been forgotten.

The Sidebar: Boston Bombing and High-Tech Lobbying

April 18, 2013
Jennifer Rowland explains how terrorism investigations have evolved since 9/11, and what we can learn from data on domestic terror attacks in the last 12 years. Marvin Ammori and Josh Mendelsohn give us the inside scoop on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's new political advocacy group, and tell us about common mistakes Silicon Valley leaders make on the Hill. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

In The Tank: Tighten Your Belt, Washington

April 16, 2013
Like every presidential budget, President Obama's recent submission is unlikely to pass in its entirety. Even so, his blueprint offers a deeper look at the administration’s policy priorities. Justin King and Josh Freedman break down the budget’s proposals for encouraging asset-building and economic growth for average Americans. And they address the week’s big question: What happens next? They discuss the president's controversial social security proposals in the podcast - and why they think he's got the wrong plan. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Education Watch: NAF Education Experts Weigh in on the President’s Budget Proposal

April 12, 2013

This week’s podcast features Clare McCann, program associate with the Education Policy Program at New America, as well as Jason Delisle, director of the Federal Education Budget Project, discussing the president’s 2014 budget request.

The Sidebar: The North Korean Threat and Immigration Hustle

April 11, 2013
Fred Kaplan tells us the reasons we should - and should not - be concerned about North Korea. Alexandra Starr explains why the Canadian and Australian immigration systems work for them but are not ideal for the US. Adam Sneed hosts.

New America NYC: Adding It Up

April 10, 2013
Under new learning standards known as the Common Core, students across the country are being asked to flex math muscles they have rarely used. Before students in New York sit down for tests tied to the tougher standards for the first time, hear from educators at the front lines of the transition. New America NYC and GothamSchools join forces to host classroom presentations and a conversation with educators on the opportunities, challenges, and unanswered questions about the Common Core in math.

In The Tank: Who Are The Weeklies?

April 9, 2013
When you imagine homelessness, you probably picture a disheveled man on a street corner shaking a cup of change. Journalist Monica Potts paints a very different picture of homelessness in her recent American Prospect article, The Weeklies. On this In the Tank Podcast, she explored a new disadvantaged constituency - the suburban homeless - and the startling place that some families in the Denver suburbs ended up after the Great Recession stole their homes.

New America NYC: Teenagers, Drama, Bullying, and Growing up in the Age of Facebook

April 5, 2013
Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on new, complex, and insidious forms, as parents and educators know all too well. No writer is better poised to explore this territory than Emily Bazelon, who has established herself as a leading voice on the social and legal aspects of teenage drama.

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.
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