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Debating the Second Amendment: Roundtable participants

With the gun control debate raging after the mass school shooting in Newtown, CT, Need to Know examines the history of the Second Amendment and how it shapes the discussion today. Ray Suarez anchors a panel including: George Mason Law School professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, former New York Times foreign correspondent and editor Craig Whitney, and [...]

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  Need to Know: April 26, 2013: Debating the Second Amendment

With the gun control debate raging after the mass school shooting in Newtown, CT, Need to Know examines the history of the Second Amendment and how it shapes the discussion today. Ray Suarez anchors a panel including: George Mason Law School professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, former New York Times foreign correspondent and editor Craig Whitney, [...]

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  Interview: Claudio Iván Remeseira

Editor-in-chief of “Hispanic New York” (www.hispanicny.com), a blog and social media platform on Latino and Latin American news and culture.

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Explore the banned curriculum

In this week’s Need to Know, we report on the long-running dispute over a Mexican-American studies program that has tensions high in Tucson, Arizona. But what’s behind the uproar? What does the contested curriculum actually look like? Here we explore two of the banned books in Tucson — and ask you to form your own opinions [...]

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A history of taboo topics

To better understand the controversies of today, Need to Know looked back on a few of the taboo topics of the past to explore their trajectory into the modern public education curriculum and their current state in the battleground of Duarte’s “culture wars.”

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Read the report

Via the Tucson Sentinel: An independent audit of Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Department doesn’t support the declaration by state schools chief John Huppenthal that TUSD’s ethnic studies classes violate the law.  TUSD ethnic studies audit View Need to Know’s report “Banned in Arizona.”

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  Outlawed in Arizona

Need to Know travels to Tucson, Arizona, to report on a long-running dispute over a Mexican-American studies program. Supporters say the program has helped at-risk students improve their test scores and graduate high school, while opponents contend it encourages anti-American sentiment and subversive thinking.

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AZ House Bill 2281

The Tucson law states: THE LEGISLATURE FINDS AND DECLARES THAT PUBLIC SCHOOL PUPILS SHOULD BE TAUGHT TO TREAT AND VALUE EACH OTHER AS INDIVIDUALS AND NOT BE TAUGHT TO RESENT OR HATE OTHER RACES OR CLASSES OF PEOPLE… A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR CHARTER SCHOOL IN THIS STATE SHALL NOT INCLUDE IN ITS PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION [...]

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What if…? Jeff Greenfield’s alternate histories of America

Jon Meacham speaks with journalist veteran journalist and author Jeff Greenfield about his new book “Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan.”

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