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Tuesday October 26, 2010

Bullying May Violate Federal Law

The U.S.Department of Education is sending a 10-page letter to schools and colleges today, asking them to make sure they are following federal laws against discrimination. The letter comes after a year-long review of federal law on sexual, racial and other types of harassment, but it has taken on new urgency after a string of suicides by gay students, who were being taunted about their sexual orientation. We speak with Mary Bruce of ABC News.

How Prepared Are We For Disaster?

President Obama has said that the U.S. can absorb another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11. But government emergency response is underfunded, often local emergency responders still don’t have radios that talk to each other, and few people have an adequate disaster “go-pack” at home. We speak with Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University.

Daily Show Investigates ‘NPR Staffing Decision 2010′

Everyone else in the media world has weighed in on NPR’s decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams. Now Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show has launched its own investigation. It concluded that Williams violated NPR’s strict policy of “not saying anything interesting.”

World Series Teams Vie To End Championship Drought

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson celebrates with catcher Buster Posey after leading his team to a defeat of the Philadelphia Phillies, and a World Series berth. (AP)

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson celebrates with catcher Buster Posey after leading his team to a World Series berth. (AP)

Major League Baseball’s World Series begins tomorrow night and we know this: one of the game’s longest championship droughts will come to an end. The San Francisco Giants haven’t won the World Series since 1954 when they were still in New York. The Texas Rangers have never won it all. Joining us for a preview of the “Fall Classic” is Ted Keith, baseball editor for Sports Illustrated.

The Next Battle For Congress Starts In Races For The State House

After midterm elections next week, the party with the most power in state legislatures across the country gets to redraw legislative districts to their advantage, affecting the next four congressional elections as well as the next three presidential elections. Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, is keeping his eye on races for governor in several key states which are adding or losing congressional seats in the next two years.

What’s Cooking In The Kitchens Of America’s Newcomers?

Kashk-o-bedemjan, a Persian eggplant dish. (Karyn Miller-Medzon/WBUR)

Kashk-o-bedemjan, a Persian eggplant dish. (Karyn Miller-Medzon/WBUR)

Lynne Christy Anderson used to work as a chef, and she took her love of food with her when she began teaching English to new immigrants. In fact, she found that the topic of food helped her students learn their new language and also helped her learn more about them. Anderson tells the stories of many new arrivals in her book, “Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories From Immigrant Kitchens.” We also meet one of her cooks, Yasie Saadat, who explains the importance of Persian food in her new life in the U.S.

Music From The Show

  • Medeski, Martin and Wood, “Ice”
  • Radiohead, “There There”
  • Tommy Guerrero, “Birds Overhead”
  • The Ventures, “Steel Guitar Rag”
  • Paul Simon, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”
  • The Funk Brothers, “Keep Me Hangin’ On”
  • Ken Vandermark, “New Acrylic”
  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”
  • The Wee Trio, “About a Girl”
  • Dale Brazale

    Robin–I think your guest is a bit misinformed in that he is looking at local resources, not statewide resources through the National Guard.

    After the Katrina debacle the National Guard Bureau (NGB) went down to the Coast and conducted after action reports. Working through their Senior Advisory Group (SAG) and with the Emergency Response Management Team (ERMT) of the Army CIO/G-6 many systems now exist to solve the problem of lack of frequencies and disparate communications systems.

    The Defense Science Board 2003 Summer Study on DOD Roles and Missions in Homeland Security recommended the establishment of a Joint CONUS Communications Support Element/Environment. This action was supported by the DOD and resulted in the development of a high level National Guard Enterprise Architecture. This architecture defined the need for:

    1. Communications capability at the incident site (defined, developed and fielded later on as the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC)).

    2. A network that connected the incident site to all locations where situational awareness is key, the need for support is key, and the need for the coordination of activities is key. GuardNet was the one major option along with two back-up satellite systems.

    3. A capability for the NGB to have knowledge of its needs as well as IT capabilities throughout the 54 states and territories. This is the JCCC–still not funded, but paid for out of the Delaware and Rhode Island National Guard budgets.

    4. Joint Force Headquarters-State (JFHQS) at all 54 states and territories–on the way to being funded. This resulted in the Army and Air Force National Guards co-locating their Joint Force Headquarters-State in each state and territory.

    Although not included in the JCCSE directly, this 2003 DSB addressed the need for Civil Support Teams (CST) for all 54 states and territories (this action is complete), and for expansion of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high yield Explosives (CBRNE) teams.

    The DSB task for on achieving interoperability in a net-centric environment issued a March 2009 report Creating an Assured Joint DOD and Interagency Interoperable Net-Centric Enterprise noted that the network issues and the JCCC issues were still outstanding and not yet institutionalized. Also, the CBRNE concept has been restructured and Homeland Response Force (HRF) have been added.

    So although not fully funded, each state has many capabilities your guest didn’t seem to be aware of, and through the JCCC, we now know what resources are available in each state in order to draw on them in times of emergencies.

  • Stephanie McCracken

    Regarding Federal Law enforcements of school bullying, I can’t believe that this step needs to be taken. What’s wrong with people? Bullying has never been acceptable and prevention of it in schools should have been and should always be enforced by teachers and staff in schools. Parents need to step up to the plate and discourage their own children from bullying others. My daughter, who is now a senior in high school was always taught to NEVER make fun of or bully anyone, or there would be serious consequences at home. I have been told by more than one of her teachers that she has always fought for and stood up for the underdog.

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    I note that in the discussion of disaster preparedness, there has been no mention of having a handgun and rifle in the go pack. In situations of disaster, if social order breaks down–Hurricane Katrina or the L.A. riots, for example–having the ability to defend oneself and one’s family is essential.

    That isn’t so easy to do in Massachusetts, of course.

  • John Norton

    Hi Robin,
    I enjoyed your interview of Peter Brown on today’s show that discussed reapportionment. You asked Mr. Brown if any actions were being taken to make reapportionment more fair. Mr. Brown did not know of any current actions. Florida, however, has two constitutional amendments to require reapportionment based on county boundaries where possible and not on assuring the election of one party or the other. Voters will vote in November on Amendment 5, relating to legislative districts, and Amendment 6, relating to congressional districts. Links to sites that discuss these amendments are: http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2010&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.ballotpedia.com/wiki/index.php/Florida_Legislative_District_Boundaries,_Amendment_5_(2010) and


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