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We look at what the cabinet secretary hearings have revealed in terms of the new administration’s philosophy.

Also, do we really need the Department of Education or presidential press conferences?

Photo: Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee confirmation hearing to be next Secretary of Education on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

How far will privatization go in the age of Trump? 8 MIN, 50 SEC

We look at what the cabinet secretary hearings have revealed in terms of the new administration’s philosophy. It’s shaping up to be an administration deeply skeptical of the role of the federal government.  

Guests:
Evan McKenzie, University of Illinois at Chicago

Is education policy too politicized? 9 MIN, 35 SEC

What is the use of the Department of Education? Created by President Jimmy Carter, some see it as an agency that dangerously politicized public education.

Guests:
Mark Paige, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Is there a point to presidential press conferences? 9 MIN, 16 SEC

President Obama gave his final press conference of the year. How useful are presidential press conferences in truly informing the public?

Guests:
Mark Feldstein, University of Maryland (@merrillcollege)

How William Onyeabor created his own afro-synth-funk music trend 12 MIN, 23 SEC

We remember the outlandish and influential Nigerian musician William Onyeabor, who died this week at age 70

Guests:
Uchenne Ikonne, DJ and music writer

The impact of Chelsea Manning 10 MIN, 24 SEC

President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning. We look at the effects of her leaks of hundreds of thousands of secret documents.

Guests:
Julian Borger, Guardian of London (@julianborger)

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