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The Truth on Immigration

Season 2019, Ep. 8

In this episode, Kartikay Mehrotra tells the true story of United States immigration; it's quite a different picture than the one that news channels and politicians paint all too often.

Kartikay Mehrotra is a legal reporter with Bloomberg in San Francisco where he uses litigation as a launching point to write about ranging subjects including internet privacy, climate change, bank fraud and cheating carmakers. For the last two years, he's focused on the economy of immigrant labor and the shadows in which they operate. In 2017, he won awards for his story about the lives and limbs lost by immigrant workers tasked with cleaning America's slaughterhouses while meatpackers posted record profits. In 2018, he tracked down workers who'd escaped ICE raids in California only to find their employers threatening them with deportation in violation of state and federal labor laws. Prior to his current role, Mehrotra covered government, technology and energy as a reporter for Bloomberg in India. Earlier, he wrote about state government and education in Illinois. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from Northern Illinois University and a Master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield. He joined Bloomberg in 2010.

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The Collegiate Cover

Season 2019, Ep. 46
Irwin S. Kirsch is the Director of the Center for Global Assessment at Educational Testing Service. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Measurement, Reading/Literacy from the University of Delaware in 1982. Since joining ETS in 1984, he has directed a number of large-scale assessments in the area of literacy including the National Adult Literacy Survey, and the NAEP Young Adult Literacy Survey. He was also a key person in establishing the International Adult Literacy Surveys and has directed them for ETS since 1993. In 1987, he received the ETS Research Scientist Award for his work in the area of literacy and was named as an ETS Distinguished Presidential Appointee in 1999. Kirsch currently manages several large-scale surveys including the Adult Education Program Study with the U.S. Department of Education and the Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Program with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Kirsch also chairs the Reading Expert Group for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and has been involved with several efforts aimed at defining and measuring information and communication technology (ICT) skills. In this area, he has directed an international panel for ETS that defined ICT literacy, has designed and conducted a feasibility study on ICT literacy for the OECD, and participates on an OECD advisory panel aimed at establishing a new survey of adult skills for the 21st century.