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This edition: London is Changing; White Privilege; CUNY; Cast in India

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 4, 2015.

First aired: March 4, 2015.

First, New York isn't the only big city grappling with affordability issues. A scholar and designer in London has crowd-sourced commentary on locals moving in or out of town and posted those comments on electronic billboards in the heart of the city. The campaign is and its creator, Rebecca Ross, a scholar at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design joins Brian on Skype from London.

Then, Manhattan prep schools are teaching their students about 'white privilege' in diversity and identity seminars. To discuss this provocative new lesson plan, educational consultant on diversity, Derrick Gay, and New School professor of history, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela.

Next, according to the "National Students Clearinghouse," 60% of community college students are still working on their degrees six years in. In this Public Intellectual segment, in which we explore new research with the power to change minds and public policy, a new study commissioned by CUNY evaluates one its programs designed to put more resources and attention towards community college students. The results may explain why the program has been highlighted by the White House. To discuss, Michael Weiss, a senior associate with non-profit think tank MDRC, and CUNY University Dean for Student Success Initiatives, Donna Linderman.

And finally, many of New York's sewer caps, or manhole covers, have the words, "Made in India" spelled out in big font. So one visual anthropologist went to India and spent a month with the workers who toil to make these heavy discs in conditions that could shock most Americans. To discuss, Natasha Raheja, filmmaker of Cast in India and student in the sociocultural anthropology department and media program at New York University.

Guest List

Derrick Gay Educational/Diversity Consultant

Dean Donna Linderman University Dean for Student Success Initiatives, CUNY

Natalia Mehlman-Petrzela Professor of History, The New School

Natasha Raheja Filmmaker; PhD Candidate, “Cast In India”; NYU Sociocultural Anthropology and Media

Rebecca Ross Postdoctoral Fellow, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Michael Weiss Senior Associate, MDRC

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