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August 30th Show

by Gwen Outen
Aug 30, 2007

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Well, it's our last show for the week — and for the month of August — and today's show is quickly coming together. The main topic in our first hour is called "Fixing Broken Schools." This is a segment we planned on airing yesterday, but our guest, Rudy Crew, had the unfortunately common experience of a major flight delay. But today he's safely on the ground, and will talk to us from our NPR studio in New York. He's the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and author of Only Connect: The Way to Save Our Schools. According to Crew, our educational system is in crisis and education should be our number one priority. We'll end that hour with a voice who may be familiar to fans of The Simpsons. Harry Shearer is the voice of Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders — among many others — on the beloved animated series. He'll share his thoughts (as himself, I should add), about the restoration efforts in New Orleans where he's been a part-time resident for the past 11 years.

There is much debate over who should serve as Alberto Gonzales' successor as Attorney General. I wonder how that want ad would read? We'll talk about what makes a good Attorney General in our second hour. After that, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik and Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff are the ringleaders as our "Media Circus" segment takes us inside the latest Senate sex scandal.

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