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.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?