"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”
The U.S. has one of the worst high school drop-out rates in the industrialized world and many fear current education standards hurt the country’s competitiveness. What the Obama administration, educators, and reform advocates think are the best ways to improve education in America.
- Dianne Piche executive director, Citizen's Commission for Civil Rights
- Rick Hess resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute
- Lily Eskelsen vice president, National Education Association
- Melody Barnes director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and special assistant to President Obama
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