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This edition: Bad Apple Theory; Beyond Bars

Episode Details

Original tape date: December 8, 2014.

First aired: December 10, 2014.

First, following another non-indictment of a white police officer who made headlines for shooting to death a black male, this time Eric Garner of Staten Island, we ask about issues in our own force. Are a few bad apples - in Commissioner William Bratton's terms - poisoning the well? Or are there more system issues at play? To discuss, Richard Emery, Chair of the City's Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Then, as the number of prisoners in New York City's jails has come down over the years, the level of inmates with mental illness and addiction issues has stayed about stagnant. Now the de Blasio administration plans to expand health programs that treat this population. To discuss, Hank Steadman, president of Policy Research Associates, and psychiatrist James Gilligan, whose assessment of the City's mental health standards for the Board of Corrections helped lead to the planned elimination of solitary confinement for 16 and 17 year olds.

Next, in our public intellectual segment, we check out new research that confirms initial findings that a controversial and now banned Mexican American Studies program in Arizona actually made students more likely to graduate and do better on standardized tests. The new research finds that the students who were most likely to have poorer outcomes wound up exceeding that of their peers. The study is "Missing the (Student Achievement) Forest for all the (Political) Trees: Empiricism and the Mexican American Studies Program in Tucson," in the American Educational Research Journal. The author, Nolan Cabrera joins via Skype from Arizona.

And finally, New York City's restaurant grading system - which posts letter grades (A, B, C) in windows - has inspired one scholar to suggest such a system be used at hospitals. To discuss, Andrew Ryan, visiting professor at the University of Michigan. His paper, "Grade Pending: Lessons for Hospital Quality Reporting from the New York City Restaurant Sanitation Inspection Program" appeared in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Guest List

Noland Cabrera Assistant Professor for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona

Richard D. Emery Chair, Civilian Complaint Review Board

Dr. James Gilligan Psychiatrist, Author

Andrew Ryan Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Management Policy, University of Michigan

Hank Steadman President, Policy Research Associates, Inc.