Rick is back (and remains a cave dweller). To celebrate, he and Mike give us a doozy of a podcast this week. First up, they discuss Arne Duncan's rise to cabinet-fame, the pseudo-scandal over DC's charter schools, and Oregon's decision to drop new math standards. Then, Amber gives us the 411 on a stellar new study on teacher preparation programs and Rate that Reform is back again with another belt-tightening strategy. Click here to listen through our website and peruse past editions. To download the show as an mp3 to your computer, click here (no iPod required--this link will play through any music software on your computer, including Windows Media Player or RealPlayer).