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This edition: Girl Talk: NYC Girls Self Esteem Campaign

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 28, 2013.

First aired: October 30, 2013.

New York City is promoting girls’ self-esteem through an innovative public service campaign whose posters on city buses and in subways proclaim, “I’m A Girl: I’m Beautiful the Way I Am.” It’s the brainchild of Samantha Levine, director of the New York City Girls Project and a deputy press secretary in the mayor’s office. Also, Brooklyn teens, Rhea John and Tiara Coleman, 8th graders at Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women and participants in Girls, Inc., react to use of the word, “beautiful.”

Brian then discusses Mexican community in New York City during an interview with Carlos Menchaca, the presumptive councilman—and first Mexican-American elected to city council—for Brooklyn’s 38th District encompassing Red Hook, Sunset Park and more. By 2013, Mexican-Americans are poised to outpace Dominicans and Puerto Ricans as the city’s largest Latino sub-group. Brian discusses what's behind that growth and some of the culture and tradition that accompanies it with Juan Carlos Aguirre, executive director of "Mano A Mano: Mexican Culture without Borders" and Laird Bergad, distinguished professor and director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Finally, Public Intellectual, our regular series on research with the power to change our minds and public policy, features a new study that revises upward to 500,000, the number of Iraqi war dead. To explain her research and the war dead, Amy Hagopian, a professor of public health at the University of Washington joins Brian via Skype from Seattle.

Guest List

Juan Carlos Aguirre Executive Director, Mano a Mano

Prof. Laird W. Bergad Director, Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, CUNY Graduate Center

Tiara Coleman Participant, Girls, Inc.

Amy Hagopian Professor, Univ of Washington, School of Public Health

Rhea John Participant, Girls, Inc.

Samantha Levine Director, New York City Girls Project

Carlos Menchaca Candidate-Elect (D), NYC City Council, 38th District