Episode 267: Elisabeth Moss, Alice Waters, George Takei,...08/22/14
Elisabeth Moss' supernatural surprise ... Taking on George Takei .. Jon Wurster drums in some etiquette lessons ... An apple a day won't keep Alice Waters away ... We dig up the story of Daguerreotypes ... Greg Poehler is an American fish in an cold...
Episode 266: Kevin Spacey, Ruth Reichl, Todd Snider and Elephant
This week: Stage and screen star Kevin Spacey channels Richard III (and Bill Clinton)... Food icon Ruth Reichl has us eating her words... Folk-rocker Todd Snider meets Tony Bennett in an unlikely place... English pop duo Elephant come together to DJ a...
American RadioWorks - Tracking and Vocational Ed
Vocational education took hold when American schools were facing a swelling immigrant population and manufacturers' needs for trained workers. Jeannie Oakes, who has studied tracking for decades, says vocational ed and "tracking" are connected, and...
American RadioWorks - Reinventing College for a New Kind of Student
Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to pay for it. Demographers say all future growth will be among people of color, most of them low-income.
American RadioWorks - Is School Funding Fair?
Even though public schools are supposed to provide free education to anyone who enrolls, their quality can vary from state to state, district to district, and even neighborhood to neighborhood. A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of...
American RadioWorks - Who Needs College?
In May Stephen Smith was invited to be on a panel in Minneapolis that focused on the value of higher education. The panel answered questions such as: Who needs college? Is the popular notion of what skills are needed for the future outdated?
American RadioWorks - Unionizing Adjuncts
A growing number of adjunct faculty at colleges and universities across the country are voting to unionize. Data from the Department of Education show a tremendous move toward using these so-called contingent teachers in all types of post-secondary...
American RadioWorks - Kids and Data Mining
The government wants to collect data on America's children. And that has parents across the country more than a little nervous.
American RadioWorks - Inside the Common Core: Math
The second of a series on what's inside the Common Core State Standards. Last week we heard about the English Language Arts and Literacy portion; this week we talk to one of the lead authors of the standards for mathematics.
American RadioWorks - Inside the Common Core: ELA
What do children need to know in school to be prepared for the future? That's the question that drives a new set of national learning standards called the Common Core.This week: inside the standards for English Language Arts/Literacy.
American RadioWorks - Military-Friendly Campuses
Members of the military and their spouses face more challenges than traditional students when it comes to getting a college degree. Their studies are often interrupted by deployments, transfer among bases, or because they can't attend college...
American RadioWorks - Is Coding Fundamental?
Next fall, dozens of school districts nationwide will offer new computer coding classes. Advocates say computer programming is a fundamental kind of literacy, but critics argue the movement is a power play by tech companies who want schools to invest...
American RadioWorks - Sexual Assault on Campus
This spring, the Obama administration announced it was joining the effort to hold colleges and universities more accountable for sexual assaults on campus. We talk to a survivor and activist who filed a complaint against Yale when she was an...
American RadioWorks - The Education Gender Gap
A new report says middle-schoolers who get Bs and Cs are less likely to finish college than their peers who get As. And because more girls get As, girls are more likely than boys not only to go to college, but to graduate.
American RadioWorks - College Bang for the Buck
For decades young people have been told that college is the path to prosperity. And research bears that out. But with the high cost of college tuition and fees, is a degree still worth it?
American RadioWorks - The Kalamazoo Promise
In 2005, a group of philanthropists decided to fund a scholarship program for public high school graduates in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The idea is that more college graduates would strengthen the economy and the community of this small Midwestern city....
American RadioWorks - Degrees of Inequality
Higher education has long been an engine of social mobility in this country. But today's college choices may actually be widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots.
American RadioWorks - Navigating the Financial Aid System
Spring is the time of year when college acceptance letters start landing in the mailboxes - and inboxes - of high school seniors across the country. It's also the time of year when many students will have to figure out how they will be able to pay for...
American RadioWorks - Yes We Must
A new majority of students going to college are low-income, Hispanic or African-American, and from the southern or western United States. They are also older than so-called traditional students. The recently-formed Yes We Must Coalition aims to shine...
American RadioWorks - School Counseling Crisis
California schools have an average of 1,000 students for every guidance counselor. The American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio of 250 students to one. But as public school budgets shrink, counseling programs get cut, and that forces...
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