Show: The Coffee House

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AFT PRESIDENT RANDI WEINGARTEN ON HER UNION'S APPROACH TO TURNING AROUND OUR SCHOOLS
Having recently reached reform-oriented contracts in cities around the country, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, argues that schools can be turned around. It will take all the adults in the system pulling together, and ending the anonymity of kids, borne, for instance, of class sizes that are just too large. It will also take giving teachers a bigger voice, programs to support kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, and an improved evaluation system, including a process for dismissing underperforming teachers that is "fast and fair." (Host: Fred Feinstein)

25 YEARS OF INJUSTICE: SENTENCING DISPARITIES FOR CRACK AND POWDER COCAINE
They are the same drug, pharmacologically speaking, argues Nkechi Taifa of the Open Society Policy Center, but the penalties for possessing crack cocaine are far more severe than for powder cocaine. Possession of five grams of crack -- the size of a sugar packet -- is punished by a mandatory five-year sentence under federal law, whereas it takes 100 grams of powder cocaine to get that punishment. Why the disparity? Why are communities of color more harshly treated? Attorney General Eric Holder and US Sentencing Commission favor treating crack and powder cocaine offenses the same way, as does a growing chorus in the law enforcement community. But what about Congress? (Host: Angela Jordan Davis)

A CHANGED CLIMATE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ON CAPITOL HILL
Even before the election of Republican Scott Brown to Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat, the “cap and trade” climate bill was in trouble in the Senate. According to John Passacantando, former director of Greenpeace USA, and now president of Our Next Economy, that's not such a bad thing. Passacantando maintains that “cap and trade” was a classical piece of Washington pork that tried to buy off every interest group. He prefers the bipartisan approach of Senators Cantwell and Collins -- “cap and dividend” -- that is far simpler and offers economic rewards for climate-friendly behavior and punishes bad behavior. (Host: Mike Tidwell)

Also... Poetry by Grace Cavalieri ("A Poet in a School") and Holly Bass ("the blood").

And after touring with Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi Klein pick and sing their savory acoustic sounds for us.

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