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This edition: Lots of Children Left Behind

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 31, 2014.

First aired: April 2, 2014.

First, around the world, 7 million people die of air pollution each year, according to a new World Health Organization report. We look at the global and local implications. With us in the studio, Patrick Kinney, director of Columbia University's Climate and Health program and Thomas Matte, assistant commissioner at the city's department of health and mental hygiene.

Next, "Manhattanization." After the de Blasio administration struck the beginning of a deal with developer Two Trees on erecting high rises at the Domino Sugar factory site of the East River waterfront, we ask about the future of real estate as central Manhattan trends move outwards. To discuss, Christabel Gough, crusading president of the Society for the Architecture of New York City.

Then, high stakes standardized testing. In our Public Intellectual segment, where we look at new research that has the power to change minds and public policy, a new study investigates "triage," where teachers in a Houston, Texas school district were encouraged to focus on students closest to the proficiency line, leaving out the top and lower tier students. Joining us, researcher Jennifer Jennings, assistant professor of sociology at NYU and well known "Eduwonkette" blogger.

We end the show on a local debate: Queensway or re-activating a railway. Friends of the Queensway wants to build a High Line-like park on abandoned tracks in Queens. Meanwhile, transit advocates have different plans. Joining us, Travis Terry, committee member with FQW and George Haikalis, president of the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility.

Guest List

Christabel Gough Founder, Secretary, Society for the Architecture of New York City

George Haikalis President, Institute for Rational Urban Mobility

Jennifer Jennings Assistant Professor, Sociology Dept., New York University

Patrick Kinney Director, Columbia University Climate & Health Program

Thomas Matte Assistant Commissioner, NYC Dep. of Health & Mental Hygiene

Travis Terry Steering Committee Member, Friends of the QueensWay

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