FROM Debbie Stier
Secrets of the SAT If there’s one good about being grown up, it’s not having to take the SAT again. For younger people who still haven’t taken the college entrance exam, it seems like a stressful experience is about to get more stressful. The College Board, which administers the SAT, has given the test its biggest makeover in a decade. Now there will be longer and harder reading passages and math problems with more words. The author of a new book on the SATs joins Madeleine to uncover the mysteries of the new test.
SAT Vocab Changes American logophiles were apoplectic this week after receiving some dispiriting news about the S.A.T. test. In fact, it’s now unlikely students will see words like “logophile”, “apoplectic” or “dispiriting” on those tests. The College Board announced that it’s making changes to the vocabulary section. It’s going “abrogate,” or ditch, the highfalutin, five-dollar words for which the SAT is famous.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.