Kresta in the Afternoon – January 25, 2012 – Hour 1

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    First Topic -National School Choice Week: Vouchers, Charter Schools and More

    In this National School Choice Week which will feature 400 events spanning all 50 states, parents are increasingly asking what they can do to bring additional educational options to their states - from school vouchers and tax credits to public school choice and public charter schools. Lisa Graham Keegan is a pioneer in the education reform movement who is widely recognized as one of the leaders who developed and expanded the concept of charter schooling and scholarship tax credits. She is here to discuss the future of school choice.

    Second Topic - Analyzing Last Night's State of the Union Speech

    By using his State of the Union speech to draw sharp contrasts with Republicans on such high-profile issues as taxes and the housing market, President Obama opened an election-year debate on the role of government that could be more intense than any in decades. Warning Congress that "I intend to fight obstruction with action," he painted a confrontational picture that is sure to last for the next 10 months. Paul Kengor is here to analyze the speech.

    Third Topic - Benjamin Franklin's Thoughts on the "State of the Union"

    Its Ben Franklin's birthday month and with President Obama's "state of the union" address last night, we thought it might be fun to hear Ben Franklin's thoughts on the state of our union. In honor of the legendary statesman, inventor and author, Tom Fitzgerald has given new life to Franklin. He is here to discuss Franklin's opinions on the economy, the state of American innovation, Franklin's personal failings, and Franklin's thoughts on leadership-which are particularly poignant going into the election.


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