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Biographer Describes Rhee's Legacy, 'Bee Eater' Personality

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"The Bee Eater" by Richard Whitmire.
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"The Bee Eater" by Richard Whitmire.

There's a new book out about former chancellor of D.C.'s Public Schools Michelle Rhee. The book's title, "The Bee Eater," is from an incident which happened when Rhee was a first-year teacher and her class was unruly. A bumblebee flew into the room, prompting even more chaos. Rhee swatted the bee, then swallowed it.

The author, former journalist Richard Whitmire, spoke to WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza. He began with why he chose that title.

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