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Oct. 6, 2009: Home-schooling with a missionary family in Guinea. How God Changes Your Brain.

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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On the first part of our show, we’ll talk with Wynell LeCroy, a retired teacher living in Abilene, Texas.  This spring, at age 71, Mrs. LeCroy flew for the first time to Guinea, and spent three months organizing a home-schooling program for a missionary family with four children, including a toddler with Down Syndrome.

Next, we’ll talk with Dr. Mark Waldman, who co-authored How God Changes Your Brain with neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg.  What should students know about meditation?  How do children think about God?  No matter what your religious beliefs might be, there are benefits — and caveats — to religious contemplation and spiritual meditation.

For more information on Dr. Waldman and How God Changes Your Brain, visit markrobertwaldman.com.

Tune in this Tuesday for a little wisdom from our elders… and religion and our brains… coming up.

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Music for this show by Paul Brill, Cirkestra, Frustrator, and Evil Art Form.


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Sept. 22, 2009: Emily Goodstein from Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2009 at 10:17 pm

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On the first part of the show, we’ll be joined by Emily Goodstein, director of Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom. SYRF is a national organization that educates, organizes and empowers youth and young adults to put their faith into action and advocate for pro-choice social justice.  Visit their website at syrf.org.

Next, we’ll talk with Dr. Mark Waldman, who co-authored How God Changes Your Brain with neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg.  No matter what your religious beliefs might be, there are benefits — and caveats — to religious contemplation and spiritual meditation.

Religion, youth, politics, and neuroscience… coming up.

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Our interview with Dr. Waldman had to be rescheduled due to a communication problem in Malibu.  Yes, even Malibu has its imperfections!  Tune in for that interview with Dr. Waldman on October 6.

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

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Sept. 15, 2009: Student organizer Brendan Laws. Brooklyn College students new school year voices.

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm

On the first half of the show, we’ll have a live phone interview with University of Houston student organizer Brendan Laws.  Brendan has played an active role in campus organizations fighting for fair trade and opposing sweatshops, often with the support of only a handful of students.  Through determination and creativity, these groups drew support from the surrounding community, and succeeded in standing up to powerful corporations.

We’ll also hear from a sampling of students lounging on the Brooklyn College lawn.  What teachers have made a difference to them?  What are they looking ahead to this year?

Student voices from Brooklyn to Houston… coming up.


Resources from the conversation with Brendan:

Students Against Sweatshops National Website

University of Houston Students Against Sweatshops

University of Houston Students for Fair Trade

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

The Student Farmworker Alliance

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Music on this show by Paul Brill, Cirkestra and Evil Art Form

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May 12, 2009: Dr. Randy Albelda on women, welfare, and higher education. Ask A Magnet Yenta.

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ll re-air May 5th’s show looking at two issues of concern to moms — moms as students, and as parents of students.

Women, Welfare, and Access to Higher Education

On the first half of the show, we’ll have economist Dr. Randy Albelda discussing her work on women and welfare, and talk about how this connects to access for higher education. We discuss why these issues are important for women, and how they are crucial to 25% of American children as well.

Ask A Magnet Yenta

On the second half of the show, Tanya Anton from Ask A Magnet Yenta talks about the website which helps parents in Los Angeles navigate the complex magnet school system. It’s a labor of love, run entirely by moms who research LA’s schools themselves and answer questions from parents in advice-column style, all on a volunteer basis. We talk about parent empowerment and the value of community involvement in our local schools.

Here are some links to add:
I would also urge you add a note that Sandra Tsing Loh (the Queen and Founder of Ask A Magnet Yenta) is organizing the 2nd Annual California Children’s Rally at the State Capitol Bldg in Sacramento on June 23, 2009 where they will host the 1st Annual California Children’s Congress or “Kids Lobby Day” sponsored by the office of State Sen. Gloria Romero, where kids can help Sacramento legislators write a new preamble to the California Education Code.
Also, for your NY parents, these are amazing resources:

Tanya’s recommended links:

gomamaguide.com

askamagnetyenta.wordpress.com

askamagnetyenta.wordpress.com/martinis-and-magnets

greatschools.net

insideschools.org

gothamschools.org

On June 23, 2009, Sandra Tsing Loh, founder of Ask A Magnet Yenta, is organizing the 2nd Annual California Children’s Rally at the State Capitol Building in Sacramento. They will host the 1st Annual California Children’s Congress or “Kids Lobby Day,” when kids will help Sacramento legislators write a new preamble to the California Education Code.

www.californiachildrensrally.com

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This show is dedicated to my mother, who calls before I go on air each week to tell me if the station’s website is broadcasting properly or not.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009: Student Walk-Out Against Tuition Hikes. Wendy Goodman on her MFA Documentary.

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2009 at 7:38 am

To listen to this show, click HERE.

Student Walk-Out Against Tuition Hikes

On the first half of the show, we’ll talk with Tara Mulqueen about the student walk-out taking place at BC on April 29.  The walk-out came after walk-outs on other campuses around CUNY protesting the recently passed tuition hikes for CUNY and is sponsored by a large number of student organizations, including CLAS Student Government, American Medical Students Association (AMSA), BC LGBTA, BC Sustainability Club, United Students League.

For more info on the tuition increase and the walk-out, click HERE.

Wendy Goodman on her Jewish Music Documentary

On the second half of the show, we’ll talk with Wendy Goodman about her MFA Documentary on Jewish music and Yiddish theater.  We discuss the diversity in Jewish music, balancing work and school, and being savvy about the media that’s educating us.  Brooklyn College’s MFA documentaries will be screened May 8 – 9 in Whitehead Hall.

Wendy also DJs at Break Thru Radio.

April 21, 2009: Parent advocacy for nutrition and school gardens, with Melissa Parker. Environmental education interviews with Jessica Olenych and Lindsay Campbell.

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2009 at 11:58 am

An Earth Day show!  On the show Tuesday, April 21:


Melissa Parker on School Nutrition

To listen to Leigh Anne’s interview with Melissa, click HERE.

On the first half of the show, we’ll talk with Melissa Parker, a mother of two who is advocating for increased nutrition and edible gardens in her town’s public schools in Connecticut.  Melissa is working on an MS in Human Nutrition through the University of Bridgeport, and is also in a program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  We talk about Melissa’s studies, and her work as a parent advocate.

Melissa shares with us some of her favorite resources for parents and teachers looking for more info on gardens, farms, nutrition, and health:

healthychild.org

kidshealth.org

organic.org

localharvest.org Can help you find local farms and sign up for CSAs near you.

www.angrymoms.org The story of how two moms worked to improve lunches in their local schools.

ctgreenscene.typepad.com

pcrm.org Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine



Environmental Education with Jessica Olenych and Lindsay Campbell

On the second half of the show, we’ll hear two interviews on environmental education by Zach Fried.  Zach interviews Jessica Olenych and Lindsay Campbell on their work in environmental education.  Jessica Olenych established Common Ground educational consulting for environmental education in 2007.  Lindsay Campbell is a research urban planner with the Forest Service in New York City.  Zach talks with Jessica and Lindsay about their work, and the value of bringing kids outdoors.

Recommended resources from Zach’s conversations with Jessica and Lindsay:

Environmental Protection Agency

New York City’s Street Trees

Visit the Schooner Pioneer at South Street Seaport

NYC Department of Environmental Protection

watersheducators.org at the Catskill-NYC Watershed Educators’ Network

Restorative Commons, Lindsey’s new book

Meristem

Podcasts of Zach’s interviews will be up next week.

Zach Fried is co-creator of Earth Day Resolutions, a non-profit that helps facilitate making and reaching green goals — for children, adults, classrooms, and organizations.


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.

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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.

March 17, 2009: Panel discussion on Obama’s March 10 address on education

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm

On this Tuesday’s show we’ll be discussing Obama’s March 10 address on education to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. A live panel of professors and retired teachers from New York City public schools will weigh in on the future of national policies, and on local realities.

K.C. Johnson, professor of U.S. History

Brian Dunphy, adjunct lecturer of TV and Radio

Norman Scott, retired teacher of 35 years in the New York City public schools

Norman Scott blogs about education at ednotesonline.blogspot.com.

Podcast of this show is unavailable.