On WBEZ we have a lot of conversations about the state of our public school system. But there are also more than 80,000 students in the Catholic school system here in Chicago. in 2014, the Archdiocese said about a dozen of its 240 schools would either be closed or merged. Several of those schools that are closing will hold their final graduation ceremonies in a few weeks. We assess the state of the Catholic school system and talk about the impact of the continuing closures.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is working on a bi-partisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - most recently known as No Child Left Behind. The law expired at the end of last year. Our panel of Lily Eskelsen-Garcia, Robin Steans and Peter Cunningham takes on some of the changes that may be ahead, and how the new policies could affect both students ad teachers. Also, a look at the threat of private development at the Indiana Dunes.
Brazil racism problems have persisted for even longer than the United States. Their history with slavery has left a heavy scar in the national consciousness. Ruth Needleman discusses the reparations the government has planned. We also talk with Davena Karanas about the holocaust opera "The Passenger."
We mark Holocaust Remembrance Day with a story of two Catholics who helped rescue Jews in the Netherlands. We also look at how Chicago Catholics are celebrating the canonization of two popes. Plus, country music from Suzy Bogguss.
President Viktor Yanukovych returned to work in Ukraine on Monday after taking a four-day sick leave. Despite his absence, protesters continued to demand his resignation. We'll get an update from Kiev.
Award-winning historian Deborah E. Lipstadt’s 2011 book, "The Eichmann Trial," examines not only the trial but also the dramatic effect that Holocaust survivors’ courtroom testimony had on a world that until then had commemorated the Holocaust without fully understanding what the victims and survivors actually had experienced.