On this week’s show we hear from two investigative reporters who have followed the money, labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, recently retired from The New York Times and Long Island Business News reporter Claude Solnik.
Labor Reporter Steven Greenhouse
Greenhouse, the “Labor Reporter”for over two decades at the New York Times, has taken on bad unions as ardently as he went after bad employers. Solnik, a “Business Reporter”for Long Island Business has no hesitation to expose corrupt businesses nibbling at the public trough, and pocketing millions of tax-payer dollars in the process.
Greenhouse, one of the nation’s most prominent career labor reporter, discusses some of his recent work as well as reflections on stories he broke while labor reporter for The New York Times that still stick with him. Greenhouse’s recent retirement from The New York Times hasn’t stopped him from continuing to do what he does best, exposing abuses of workers. We’ll discuss his recent article for the June issue of the Atlantic; an ongoing theme – Walmart’s shabby treatment of workers. Greenhouse exposes how Walmart deploys extreme union busting tactics characterized by blatant lies and a culture of fear. Apparently the hallmark of a great journalist is to be both hated and loved by unions and corporations, depending on whose ox is gored on a given day. Greenhouse has found himself variously lauded by unions for his reporting that supports their efforts and the derided when he has exposed corruption.
The Truth About Common Core
Long Island Business News reporter Claude Solnik discusses his expose of the big money interests behind the Common Core. Teachers and school administrators are against it as wasteful. Parents are up in arms and opting their children out of participation in common core testing. The groundswell of contention over common core often pits politicians against teachers. But the public officials who think common core is truly centered on what is best for the children. and seemingly unconcerned over the increasingly dominant role testing plays in education today might well have a change in heart if they were to study the series of articles spearheaded by Investigative Business Reporter Claude Solnik in Long Island Business News. Yes. That’s right! ”Business News!” And that makes perfect sense, when according to Solnik, testing is a big business. A multi billion dollar business soaking taxpayers. Solnik blows the lid over another side of the debate that has hardly been talked about, but needs to be, the role of big money interests behind Common Core, particularly a British company Pearson which also publishes the accompanying textbooks students need for the common core tests. Solnik explains how the strange situation about and ruminates on the many ironies about common core that reveal the truth of how little it has to do with helping our students or documenting the effectiveness of their teachers.