Last year, the Obama administration presented a blueprint for education reform - an issue of great concern to Diane Ravitch. She's Research Professor of Education at New York University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Ravitch will discuss the proposed changes and her book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Her book is now out in paperback.
Then, in one of the summer's most anticipated new novels, first time novelist Vanessa Diffenbaugh's The Language of Flowers tells the story of a now-grown woman raised as a foster-child who uses age old flower symbolism to communicate and make sense of her troubled past. [Broadcast Date: September 13, 2011]