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This edition: College Goes to Prison

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 10, 2014.

First aired: March 12, 2014.

First up, college for inmates. Governor Cuomo wants to fit prison-college programs into the next state budget. The idea is not new. We look at existing, but privately-funded programs in the state. Max Kenner, founder of the Bard Prison Initiative joins Brian to discuss. An alum, Erica Matea, is also with us. And, co-author of a landmark study on the matter, Maria Elena Torre.

Next, games are not just fun and games anymore, but are being used to take on more challenges in society. Leading the way of gamification in healthcare and medicine, Elena Germane Bertozzi, a professor of game design and development, sheds light on this growing phenomenon.

Then, how to represent voters. In our public intellectual segment, where we look at new research that has the power to change minds and public policy, a new study from the College of New Jersey that puts science behind gerrymandering and other representative redistricting.

And finally, the fate of the iconic New York State Pavilion in the ruins of the 1964 World's Fair. Everyone's seen the aging structures when traveling through Queens, going to a Mets game, or watching Men in Black. But now, two Queens natives are fighting hard with film and grass roots organization to preserve the pavilion.

Guest List

Elena Germane Bertozzi Associate Professor of Game Design & Development, Quinnipiac University

Daniel Bowen Assistant Professor of Political Science, College of New Jersey

Max Kenner Executive Director & Founder, Bard Prison Initiative

Salmaan Khan Co-Founder, People for the Pavilion

Erica Mateo Alum, Bard Prison Initiative

Matthew Silva Director, “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion”

Maria Elena Torre Director, Public Science Project, CUNY Grad Center