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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Steve Poizner on This American Life

This weekend's edition of This American Life had a great segment about one of the California gubernatorial candidates in the primary for the Republican Party: Steve Poizner. If you want to listen to the episode, there's a link here.

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, investigates Poizner's stories about Mount Pleasant High School in San Jose, California. Poizner wrote a book about his experiences teaching at the high school. He characterized the high school and surrounding area as very dangerous. Glass questions this. (And so do many of the parents, students, and residents! Why is it that some -- too many -- middle and upper class people walk into a working class neighborhood and characterize it as dangerous?) Glass even interviews the police to see if the statistics hold up this notion of it being dangerous. He finds out that the high school and surrounding area is average. So, why would Poizner write about it in this way?

I urge you to listen to the broadcast -- even if you aren't voting in California. There are some very interesting stories in there.

Here's a very interesting page -- "What's That Smell?" -- with some facts and statistics that you might want to read before casting your vote for Poizner.

All around general overview of the gubernatorial race is on Wikipedia here.

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