March 10th Show

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hide captionColleen LaRose stands accused of using the Internet to recruit jihadist fighters and help terrorists overseas. In our first hour, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston talks about the American woman from Pennsylvania dubbed "Jihad Jane", and how her arrest dramatically changes the profile of what intelligence agencies consider a potential terrorist.

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Colleen LaRose stands accused of using the Internet to recruit jihadist fighters and help terrorists overseas. In our first hour, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston talks about the American woman from Pennsylvania dubbed "Jihad Jane", and how her arrest dramatically changes the profile of what intelligence agencies consider a potential terrorist.

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Matt Bai, Today's Political Junkie Guy
In 2002, Ruy Teixeira co-authored a book that correctly predicted a Democratic majority in 2008. As we approach the 2010 elections, Teixeira acts as a clairvoyant again, with Matt Continetti, associate editor of The Weekly Standard. And Matt Bai, who covers politics for The New York Times Magazine, fills in for Ken Rudin. The Political Junkie went on vacation this week, taking his trademark trivia with him.

Who is Jihad Jane?
An American woman, dubbed "Jihad Jane", faces terrorism charges for allegedly leading a terrorist plot and recruiting others over the Internet to support her cause. Colleen Renee LaRose has been held in custody since October on suspicions that she supplied materials to terrorists and traveled to Sweden to launch an attack on a Swedish artist. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston explains who "Jihad Jane" is, and how her arrest dramatically changes the way intelligence agencies profile potential terrorists.

Politics, Pop Culture And Poetry Around The World
Poets often play a unique role in a country's politics, culture and social movements. They act as innovators, visionaries and truth tellers. Today, three poets from different cultures — Iraq, Puerto Rico and New York — talk about the role of poets and poetry in different places. The poets are part of the Split This Rock Poetry Festival being held in Washington, DC.

What Makes A Good Teacher?
The drive to improve the quality of the nation's teachers is as important as raising test scores and ensuring that more students graduate from high school. But what makes a good teacher? Some say smaller classes, good discipline and engaged students. Doug Lemov is managing director of True North Public Schools in New York. He describes what he's learned through his extensive work looking at teachers who succeed.

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