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10/28/15: Standardized Tests; Author Diane Roberts; Celtic Woman's Lisa Kelly; 'Community Thread'

The Nation's Report Card, released this week, finds declines in reading and math across the country. Another report, this one from the Council of Great City Schools, finds kids are taking too many standardized tests. We begin the hour with a look at both reports and their implications with Colleen Wood, founder of 50th No More and Vice-Chair of the Network for Public Education Action, a national political advocacy organization.

Author and Florida State University professor Diane Roberts joins us to discuss her new book, "Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America."

We speak with former Celtic Woman singer Lisa Kelly about her career in music and her new ventures here on the First Coast, Kelly Porter Productions and the Lisa Kelly Voice Academy.

And WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo joins us with a look at WJCT's new multimedia initiative, Community Thread.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.