In education on December 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm

The Public Thinktank is a weekly radio show all about education.


The Public Thinktank is a forum for conversation.  What we’re talking about:

  • the diverse meanings of education for individual lives and in our American society
  • triumphs and challenges in all areas of education
  • how media educate us throughout our lives


See People and Ideas to learn how to get involved with the show.


The Public Thinktank is the brainchild of Leigh Anne Keichline.  Way back in 1999, Leigh Anne hosted an interview show on Oberlin College’s WOBC, and she has long been an avid fan of radio.  She launched The Public Thinktank in the fall of 2008 in an effort to create a space in radio dedicated solely to the rich topic of education.  PTT aired on Brooklyn College Radio for three semesters.

Since her high school days in the early ’90s, Leigh Anne has worked and volunteered with a wide range of populations, from preschool to adult education, in both public and private schools as well as in other educational settings, in Ohio, New York City, Baltimore, Boston, and Connecticut.  She holds a Masters in Political Science from Brooklyn College and is currently working on a Masters in Elementary Education and Literacy at Bank Street School of Education.  She is interested in questions of education and democracy.


On the show: Tuesday, Dec. 8

In education on November 30, 2009 at 8:44 pm

mp3:  Click here!  to listen to this show.

For our final show of the semester, we’ll feature young voices.

EricaSollazzo shares with us her story of how one teacher broadened her horizons and taught her to love literature.  Sollazzo’s essay is this year’s Red Brick Voices Contest winner.  Red Brick Voices is The Public Thinktank’s national competition for K-12 students to share insights from their school experiences.  Sollazzo is a senior at Poly Prep Country Day School.

GabrielWelch, AnthonyChapman, and ReckoFloyd discuss their documentary on the phase-out at their Brooklyn public high school.  The phase-out was a process in which the struggling school’s classes and resources were shuffled around or eliminated.  As the boys told me, the families of the school were not adequately informed about the process, and it was difficult for many students.  The documentary they made with Global Kids provided a chance for them to capture this story, and to share it eventually with lawmakers.

Global Kids is an organization that works with urban youth to educate and inspire them to become successful students and global citizens.  To learn more, visit their website at globalkids.org.

Finally, we’ll listen to interviews with AnthonyColon, founder of Kids of New York, and with Carlos Melendez and Christian Kronsted, two of the young men who won in Kids of New York’s breakdancing competition last spring.  We end with judge Peaches Rodriguez, who tells us what it was like to be one of the first girl breakdancers back in the day.  To find out more, check out kidsofnewyork.org.  (This piece was edited by PT contributor Alexis Callender.)

What the kids are talking about…. coming up.


Music on today’s show by Paul Brill, Cirkestra, and Evil Art Form.

In education on November 23, 2009 at 3:12 pm

The show is currently on hiatus, but you can listen to mp3s of past shows below.


listen to past shows

click below!  to listen to any show’s mp3

Dec. 1. Healthy Media Choices.  Documenting the Witchi.

Nov. 24.  Fun with recycling.  Music for disabled students.  A Teaching Fellow.

Nov. 17.  Tragedy and comedy in education.

Nov. 10.  Libraries 2.0.  Education in Argentina.

Nov. 3.  Girls in Engineering, Math and Science.  New York City Parents blogging.

Oct. 27  Gay youth.  Education in France.  Computer games on civics.

Oct. 20.  Fortune cookies, ugly vegetables, mountains and moons.  Memoirs of a Jewminicana.

Oct. 13. The Hero Project.  Advocating for deaf students of color.  Saving BC’s community garden.

Oct. 6. Home-schooling for a missionary family in Guinea.  How God Changes Your Brain.

Sept. 22. Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom.

Sept. 15. University of Houston student organizer.  Brooklyn College voices on the new school year.

Sept. 8. Fall ’09 preview show.

May 12. Women, welfare, and access to higher education.  Ask a Magnet Yenta about LA schools.

April 28. Student walk-out against CUNY tuition hikes.  Documentaries as education; docu on Jewish music.

April 21. Edible gardens and nutrition in schools.  Environmental ed.

April 7. Campus Progress and the Center for American Progress.

March 31. American Views on home schooling.  Education after retirement.

March 24. Three women educators.

March 17. Panel discussion on Obama’s education speech.

March 10. Teaching South Park.  Sol Study Abroad.

March 3. Teaching educators.  Malaysian education.

Februrary 24. Drama and arts education in schools, interviews with cast and crew of a BC production.  Perceptions of Obama around the world.

February 17. The Duke lacrosse team rape case.  The Shirley Chisholm Project.

February 3. Art education.  Education in Laos.

December 9. Performance and Interactive Media Arts program at BC.

November 25. Studying abroad in China.

November 18. Education in Trinidad.  A veteran and a student.

November 11. College radio.

November 4. Panel discussion on election day.

October 28. Education in Japan.  Studies in Religion.

October 21. American Views.  Storycorps.

October 14. Nerd Nite.  Mayoral Control 101.

October 7. Education in Germany.


Bonus audio not played on show.  Click below for mp3s.

Clio In the Classroom:  A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women’s History. Audio of BC event for book launch.


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