- State looks at alternative ways to evaluate schools
A recent report from the Center on Education Policy found that almost half the nation's public schools failed to make adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Minnesota, along with 11 other states, has asked for a waiver allowing it to establish alternative evaluation standards. Midmorning speaks with the state's education commissioner about what those standards would look like.9:06 a.m.
Brenda Cassellius: Minnesota Education Commissioner.
- The fight against youth prostitution
The Twin Cities is one of the largest metro centers for youth prostitution according to the FBI. In response to rising numbers, The Women's Foundation of Minnesota has launched a 5-year $4 million campaign to coordinate resources to service victims, strengthen laws and decrease demand.9:45 a.m.
Lee Roper-Batker: President and CEO of the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.
- Understanding the placebo effect
From performing acupuncture in a tiny Massachusetts clinic to directing the Program in Placebo Studies and Theraputic Encounters at Harvard, Ted Kaptchuk has worked to understand the placebo effect and its place in medicine. He joins us today to discuss his work and findings.10:06 a.m.
Ted Kaptchuk: author, scholar, scientist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where his research focuses on the placebo effect. He is the director of Harvard's recently founded Program in Placebo Studies and Theraputic Encounters.
- When dreams kill
While people of all cultures experience sleep paralysis in similar ways, Dr. Shelley Adler examined the fatal sleep paralysis that caused the death of more than 100 Hmong men in the 1980s. She joins us to discuss her research.10:45 a.m.
Shelley Adler: Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and Director of Education at the Osher Center. Her most recent book is "Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection."
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