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April 7, 2009: Campus Progress

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2009 at 9:00 am

To listen to this show, click HERE.

On this show we talk with Pedro de la Torre of Campus Progress, a part of the Center for American Progress.  Campus Progress works with college students to communicate about progressive ideas and issues.  To learn more, visit campusprogress.com.

Some of the initiatives at Campus Progress:

Funding Our Future

Free Exchange on Campus

Debt Hits Hard

Polar Opposites

Center for American Progress


March 31, 2009: American Views with Rachel Adkins. Continue learning with IRPE.

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2009 at 5:39 pm

To listen to this show, click HERE.

American Views: Rachel Adkins

On the first half of the show, we talk with Rachel Adkins, as part of our American Views series.  Rachel was home-schooled until high school, when she attended the Bard High School Early College.  We discuss Rachel’s home-schooling experience in depth, and discuss her studies at BHSEC and as a Film Studies major at Brooklyn College.

Education in Retirement:  Brooklyn College’s IRPE

On the second half of the show, we talk to Gene Reiser and Rona Goldwitz about Brooklyn College’s IRPE program.  The Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Excellence allows retired adults to continue taking classes into their golden years.  The program forges connections with alumni, former professors, and current professors, and allows adults of all ages to continue learning in a friendly community.  For more info on IRPE, click HERE.


The World Views and American Views Series

Our World Views series features interviews with individuals who have been educated primarily abroad — a complement to our American Views series.  Most participants in the World Views series have now moved to the U.S., and share with us their reflections on the widely varying experiences and schools they have encountered.

Each unique educational biography is meant to provide a prism through which we can gain insight into the many meanings of education and how it shapes us as individuals.  These conversations are not meant to be sources of authoritative information on educational systems or statistics.

We invite you to respond to the interviews you hear by writing to us at bcthinktank@gmail.com.  If you or someone you know would be a good interviewee for either the American or World Views series, please contact us.

March 24, 2009: Three Women Educators

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2009 at 9:48 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, we re-air excerpts from interviews with three women educators.

Barbara Winslow is the coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program at BC, and the director of the Shirley Chisholm Project.  Our conversation focuses on the groundbreaking political career of Shirley Chisholm.

Click HERE to listen to the first part of this interview.

Click HERE to listen to the second part of this interview.

Linda Louis is a professor of arts education at BC.  Our conversation shifted from public versus private schools, to her long and varied career, to the many benefits of a rich arts education.

Click HERE to listen to this interview.

Yoko Anderson is an advisor to international students at the Julliard School.  We discussed Yoko’s perspectives on her childhood growing up in Japan and international education.

Click HERE to listen to this interview.