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November 16, 2010

Blue Ribbon Award

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Rachel Raney

BLUE RIBBON AWARD

When Anthony Smith became principal at Cincinnati’s Taft High School , it was the worst performing school in the state.  Today, the principal is in Washington DC accepting a Blue Ribbon Award on behalf of the school, renamed Taft Information Technology High School. Now, 95% of the students graduate. Principal Smith didn’t clean house to make sweeping changes. He kept the teachers, and created a dynamic partnership with local CEO Jack Cassidy and Cincinnati Bell. Taft is featured in the new book Inside School Turnarounds: Urgent Hopes, Unfolding Stories

CHOICES FOR YOUR CHILD

Krista Bremer is a regular contributor to the program. Krista’s husband is Muslim, and she was raised in a family with no ties to organized religion. Krista regularly shares stories from their life. Today’s story is about the decision of circumcision.

ARGENTINA’S DIRTY WAR

Emilio Massera died last week. He was one of the most brutal men of the past century. Massera was a leader of the military junta that took power in Argentina in 1976. During the seven year regime, as many as 30-thousand people disappeared. Debora Benchoam was just a teenager during the Dirty War. One morning at dawn, soldiers showed up at her apartment building.

Music

Geordie, Franco Morone from the album The Road to Lisdoonvarna;Batalti Eli by Putomayo Presents Acoustic Arabia;  Plegaria para un niño dormido, performed by Almendra; Pickin' On U2 - A Bluegrass Tribute, from the Pickin' On Series

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