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Secret Service and First Family Protection
Ron Kessler talked about Secret Service Director Julia Pierson’s previous-day testimony at a congressional hearing on security breaches at the White House and overall protocol lapses and failures at the agency since 2009. He discussed Ms. Pierson’s leadership, President Obama’s reaction to the problem, and Secret Service budget and staffing issues.1,001 views
Mr. Kessler is the author of many non-fiction books about the Secret Service, FBI, and the CIA, including The First Family Detail.
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M. Night Shyamalan on Education Policy
M. Night Shyamalan talked about his book, I Got Schooled, and his efforts to fight against the educational achievement disparity between lower and higher income students. He described the “education gap,” comparing students from suburban areas versus inner city kids. He argued that a huge contributor to the problem was the level of activity during the summer months, and said the disparity was not about a kid’s ability but more than about resources and teacher preparation.428 views