Episode 140

Trouble at CNN, Vivek’s Campaign, Biden’s Age, Charter Results

CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht is out after just over a year on the job. The firing comes after a tumultuous tenure and a recent disastrous expose from The Atlantic. Rikki goes on the campaign trail with Vivek Ramaswamy, the youngest Republican presidential candidate ever. After President Biden tripped and fell onstage at an Air Force commencement, concerns about his age have returned to center stage. Is the president too old to lead? A bombshell new report reveals urban charter schools perform better, on average, than traditional public schools. Will this silence education reform’s critics?


Trouble at CNN [02:52]

Inside the Meltdown At CNN (The Atlantic, 6/2/23)
Chris Licht of CNN Faces a Crisis. Here’s Why. (New York Times, 6/5/23
CNN CEO Chris Licht out after Trump town hall fallout, brutal Atlantic article (CNBC, 6/6/23)
CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht is out (CNN, 6/7/23)
Chris Licht Is Out at CNN, Ending a Brief and Chaotic Run (NYT, 6/7/23)
Top CNN Anchors Criticize CEO Chris Licht’s Leadership (Wall Street Journal, 6/6/23)
CNN PR execs who oversaw devastating Atlantic profile of Chris Licht get the boot (Page Six, 6/7/23)

Vivek’s Campaign [20:16] 

Meeting voters with Vivek Ramaswamy: ‘In business of converting’ Trump fans (New York Post, 6/7/23)
A Wealthy ‘Anti-Woke’ Activist Joins the 2024 Presidential Field (NYT, 2/21/23)
Who is Vivek Ramaswamy, the 37-year-old entrepreneur and GOP presidential hopeful? (NPR, 3/19/23)
The Case for an Older Voting Age With Conditions (Wall Street Journal, 3/14/23)
Ramaswamy flaunts ‘tongue in cheek’ non-white nationalism (Politico, 6/6/23)
Vivek Ramaswamy, a biotech millionaire running against Trump, is a former Harvard rapper and son of Indian immigrant campaigning on ‘anti-woke’ credentials (Business Insider, 4/26/23)

Biden’s Age [42:39]

The Question of Joe Biden’s Age: “It’s a Legitimate Concern” (Vanity Fair, 3/8/23)
Inside the Complicated Reality of Being America’s Oldest President (NYT, 6/4/23)
How Should Americans Think About Biden’s Age? (Washington Post, 3/19/23)
NY Times article on Biden’s age ripped as ‘slobbering,’ ‘embarrassing’ after latest fall (Fox, 6/4/23)
President Biden Is Turning 80. Experts Say Age Is More Than a Number. (NYT, 11/19/23)
New study finds Biden, Trump both likely to be ‘Super-Agers’ (UIC, 9/25/23)
President Biden and the Science of Aging (WSJ, 3/12/23)
When does age-related cognitive decline begin? (Study: NIH, 2/20/09)
Is Biden too old to be president? Is Trump? (Brookings, 3/19/23)
Actuarial Life Table (SSA Study)
Trump wasn’t always so linguistically challenged. What could explain the change? (Stat News, 5/23/23)

Charter Results [42:39] 

Full Report (CREDO, 6/6/23)
National Study Shows Charters Outperform Traditional Schools (NY Mag, 6/7/23)
National Study of 1.8 Million Charter Students Shows Charter Pupils Outperform Peers at
Traditional Public Schools
(The 74 Million, 6/7/23)
Charter Schools Are Outperforming Traditional Public Schools: 6 Takeaways From a New Study (Education Week, 6/6/23)
Education Reform Autopsies (Imbroglio, 6/5/23)