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Recorded January 17, 2006
On January 5, 2006, President Bush announced that he would ask Congress for $114 million dollars teach languages critical for national security. The proposal included enhancing language instruction from Kindergarten through college. In this podcast, John Rassias, the William R. Kenan Professor of French and Italian, talks about the why this proposal is needed, but he questions the motives behind it.