April 3 - Nuclear Sabre Rattling as North Korea Closes Border; How No Child Left Behind has Led to Cheating; Insurance Giants could Sabatoge Obamacare

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We begin with the deteriorating situation between North and South Korea, with the North closing off access to its Kaesong Industrial Complex for South Korean workers and managers, and a declaration by North Korea’s Army that it has “ratified” a merciless attack against the United States involving a “diversified nuclear strike”. An expert on North Korea, Charles Armstrong, Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University joins us to discuss what is behind the dangerous threats by North Korea and the brinksmanship from Secretary of State John Kerry who warned that the United States will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state.

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Then we examine how George W Bush’s signature No Child Left Behind legislation has backfired and led to the rash of cheating on test scores in 37 states, culminating with the arrest of 35 “educators” in Atlanta including the former superintendent who was awarded superintended of the year in 2009. Jonathan Zimmerman, a professor of Education and History at New York University and author of “Small Wonder: The Little Red School House in History and Memory” and “Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools” joins us to discuss this scandal and the NRA’s proposal to arm teachers.

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Then finally we look into the future of Obama’s Affordable Care Act which could be undermined through a loophole that allows insurance giants to cherry pick and extend policies through 2014, thus weakening the pool and driving up prices in the insurance exchanges scheduled to go into effect on January the first. The former head of corporate communications for Humana and CIGNA, Wendell Potter, who has become a vocal critic of insurance company abuses, joins us to discuss how the Republicans will likely run against Obamacare in 2014 and the insurance giants could help them by sabotaging its implementation. wendell potter