May 24th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, Arizona law targets ethnic studies classes, and Sarah Palin and feminism.  In our second hour,  job prospects for 2010 graduates, and Rene Balcer on "Law & Order" series finale.
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May 24th Show

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Ethnic Studies in Classrooms
Arizona lawmakers find themselves at the center of another controversy after Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a ban on classes that are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnicity.  The law targets any ethnic studies classes in Arizona's public school system that "promote resentment towards a race or class of people" or "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."  Courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government are also banned under the law.  James Banks, professor of Diversity Studies at the University of Washington-Seattle, and Linda Chavez, chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, explain whether or not ethnic studies classes belong in the public schools.

Sarah Palin, Feminist
Sarah Palin recently dropped the "F-bomb" in: Feminism.  And while many liberals complain that Palin's political views, including her stance on abortion, are incompatible with feminism, Meghan Daum calls that hypocritical.  She writes in a recent column, "if she has the guts to call herself a feminist, then she's entitled to be accepted as one".  In this week's Opinion Page segment, Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum explains why the feminist movement needs to make room for conservatives.

Job Prospects for 2010 Grads
When much of the class of 2010 entered college, the economy was booming.  But any hopes for an easy job search have fizzled as graduates navigate the weakest job market in decades. While employers report they plan to hire more new graduates this year than last, it's little comfort to young people who are competing not only with last year's graduates still on the hunt, but also with more experienced workers displaced in the recession. Ed Koc of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Algernon Austin, Director of the Race, Ethnicity and Economy Program at the Economic Policy Institute, and Daniel Black, director of campus recruiting for Ernst and Young, take a look at job prospects for recent college graduates.

"Law & Order" Finale
Law & Order, the much beloved and long-running crime procedural, ends its 20-year run tonight.  Rene Balcer, the Emmy-award winning writer and executive producer of the serices, talks about the stories he ripped from the headlines, and which episode is his favorite.