New Books in Education

Interviews with Scholars of Education about their New Books

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Social Sciences
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David Brooks, "The Second Mountain: The Quest f...
There is a growing mismatch between the culture of many campuses, and the challenges young people will face in their careers, politics and personal live...
29 min
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Joshua Sperber, "Consumer Management in the Int...
Sperber analyzes online consumer management, a practice in which customers monitor, report on, and—sometimes unwittingly—discipline workers through writing and posting online reviews...
60 min
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A. R. Ruis, "Learning to Eat: The Origins of Sc...
Ruis narrates the development of school lunch programs from the late 19th century to the present,..
69 min
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Daniel T. Kirsch, "Sold My Soul for a Student L...
American colleges and universities boasts an impressive legacy, but the price of admission for many is now endless debt....
27 min
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Alberto Cairo, "How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter...
We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at?
54 min
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Paul Reville, "Broader, Bolder, Better: How Sch...
If we want children from poor families and communities to succeed in school, then we must pay attention to more than merely what happens in school..
23 min
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William P. Hustwit, "Integration Now: Alexander...
"Integration Now" explores how studying the case Alexander v. Holmes (1969) enhances understandings of the history underlying school desegregation...
42 min
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Kathryn Conrad on University Press Publishing
What do university presses do, and how do they do it?
37 min
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Jay Driskell, "Schooling Jim Crow: The Fight fo...
Driskell traces the roots of black protest politics to early 20th century Atlanta and the fight for equal education...
43 min
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Jonathan Haidt, "The Coddling of the American M...
We say on this show all the time that democracy is hard work. But what does that really mean?
44 min
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Anthony Kronman, "The Assault on American Excel...
Kronman contends that this is a failure by faculty and administrators to provide students with the intellectual and moral challenges they need in order become a fully-formed human being...
66 min
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J. Neuhaus, "Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intell...
The things that make people academics do not necessarily make them good teachers...
29 min
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David Lindsay Roberts, "Republic of Numbers: Un...
Roberts anchors 20 biographical chapters to a decadal series of events, whose mathematical significance could not often have been anticipated...
71 min
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Elena Albarrán, "Seen and Heard in Mexico: Chil...
Albarran explores the changing politics of childhood during the period 1920-1940, in the wake of the Mexican Revolution...
48 min
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Logan Thompson, "Beyond the Content: Mindfulnes...
Mindfulness is widely embraced in the business and athletic communities as a valuable technique to optimize performance. Author Logan Thompson, an expert in both test prep and mindfulness, says that it's about time the test prep community embraces it as well...
50 min
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Brittany Lehman, "Teaching Migrant Children in ...
Using West Germany as a case study to explore European trends, the book analyzes how the Council of Europe and European Community’s ideological goals were implemented for specific national groups...
66 min
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Candy Gunther Brown, "Debating Yoga and Mindful...
An expert witness in four legal challenges, Brown scrutinized unpublished trial records, informant interviews, and legal precedents, as well as insider documents, some revealing promoters of “Vedic victory” or “stealth Buddhism” for public-school children...
30 min
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Milton Gaither, "Homeschool: An American Histor...
With around two million children currently enrolled in home schools in the USA, no-one can doubt that the subject of Milton Gaither’s new book is timely...
27 min
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Holly Rogers, "The Mindful Twenty-Something" (N...
Rogers presents a unique, evidence based approach to help you make important life decisions with clarity and confidence.
53 min
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Cecilia Caballero et al. "The Chicana M(other)w...
The editors bring together a diverse collective of Women of Color Mother-Scholars to end the silence experienced by Mothers of Color in academia....
63 min
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David Resnick, "Representing Education In Film:...
Using many examples of Hollywood movies, Resnick analyzes the way movies perform in a variety of formal and informal educational settings...
50 min
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Sarah Anne Carter, "Object Lessons: How Ninetee...
Carter reveals that object lessons were a classroom exercise, in wide use during the nineteenth century...
59 min
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Eric Blanc, "Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ St...
Red State Revolt explains the emergence and development of the historic wave of teacher strikes in Arizona, West Virginia, and Oklahoma.
20 min
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Sarah Eppler Janda, "Prairie Power: Student Act...
Borrowing from the language of the activists themselves, Janda dubs midwestern student protest to be “Prairie Power"...
48 min
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Morgan Marietta, "One Nation, Two Realities: Du...
They introduce the concept of ‘dueling fact perceptions’ based on years of research, and for our interview, Morgan Marietta explains how they arrived at such conclusions and their implications for our country’s future...
44 min
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Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel, "Futbolera: A Hi...
Elsey and Nadel uncover the hidden history of the arrival of physical education for girls in the late-nineteenth century,
59 min
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Annalee Good, "Teachers at the Table: Voice, Ag...
Annalee’s book is a systematic inquiry into the institutional forces that make it hard for teachers to engage in policymaking, and she contrasts these barriers with the ways they are do have a voice and agency...
49 min
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Ali Michael, "Raising Race Questions: Whiteness...
In Raising Race Questions, Ali Michael worked with a group of white teachers to inquire about race and schooling...
69 min
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E. M. Levintova and A. K. Staudinger, "Gender i...
Ekaterina M. Levintova and Alison K. Staudinger have brought together, into this volume, a variety of fascinating and important perspectives on political science as a discipline and how it is taught, studied, pursued and understood...
48 min
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Patricia Leavy, "Spark" (The Guilford Press, 2019)
The book is a highly original novel about an unexpected yet extremely fruitful journey of a sociologist professor, Peyton Wilde. Peyton...
71 min
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Emily Dawson, "Equity, Exclusion and Everyday S...
Who is excluded from science?
47 min
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Jamila Lee-Johnson, and Ashley Gaskew, "Critica...
Jamila and Ashley talk to us about the importance of centering voices and perspectives that have been traditionally marginalized in the academy...
49 min
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Sally Nuamah, "How Girls Achieve" (Harvard UP, ...
What does it take for all girls to achieve?
24 min
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Sarah Reckhow, "Outside Money in School Board E...
Who funds local school board elections?
24 min
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Ralph James Savarese, "Classic Novels, Autistic...
Ralph James Savarese challenges the notion that autistic readers are unable to immerse themselves in figurative language or get lost in imaginative worlds...
49 min
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Dave Dillon, "Blueprint for Success in College ...
Lee and Dave discuss how the project came into being, the urgent need to teach “doing college” for the next generation of learners, and how publishing with a University Press compares and contrasts with OER publishing...
57 min
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Linda K. Wertheimer, "Faith Ed: Teaching About ...
Teaching about religion in a public school in the United States is rewarding, but very difficult...
57 min
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Discussion of Massive Online Peer Review and Op...
In the information age, knowledge is power. Hence, facilitating the access to knowledge to wider publics empowers citizens and makes societies more democratic...
29 min
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Elizabeth Todd-Breland, "A Political Education:...
By highlighting the activism of local Black women and Black teachers, Todd-Breland uncovers hidden histories of how Black women have been at the forefront of this fight from the 1960s to the present...
64 min
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S. A. Duncan and A. McClellan, "The Art of Cura...
McClellan and Duncan’s book offers a behind-the-scenes exploration of the career of Paul J. Sachs (1878-1965) and the graduate program he developed at Harvard University and the Fogg Museum...
61 min
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Joy Lisi Rankin, "A People’s History of Computi...
Rankin makes a compelling case for a social history of computing...
37 min
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Ahmad Atif Ahmad, "Pitfalls of Scholarship: Les...
Ahmad Atif Ahmad’s new book is a unique reflection on the field of Islamic studies...
65 min
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Farina King, "The Earth Memory Compass: Diné La...
Farina King argues that education and the creation of “thick” cultural knowledge played, and continues to play, a central role in the survival of Diné culture...
61 min
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Jamal Elias, "Alef is for Allah: Childhood, Emo...
Jamal Elias takes his readers on a riveting intellectual tour thematically centered on the interaction of childhood, visual culture, and affect in contemporary Muslim majority societies, and in Muslim intellectual thought more broadly...
38 min
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Ellen Moore, "Grateful Nation: Student Veterans...
I don’t know about the colleges and universities you’re familiar with, but the U.S. military has a pretty visible presence on my campus....
62 min
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Janelle Adsit, "Toward an Inclusive Creative Wr...
What do students who enter creative-writing classrooms encounter as these young men and women hope to discover who they are and can be as writers?
51 min
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Alex Bentley and Michael O'Brien, "The Accelera...
Our evolutionary success, according to co-authors Alex Bentley and Michael O'Brien, lies in our ability to acquire cultural wisdom and teach it to the next generation...
49 min
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James W. Loewen, "Teaching What Really Happened...
In an atmosphere filled with social media and fake news, history is more important than ever. But, what do you really know about history...
39 min
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Joshua Eyler, "How Humans Learn: The Science an...
What is learning? There is a robust body of literature that seeks to tell us what the most effective classroom techniques and strategies are, but Joshua Eyler goes further...
38 min
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McKenzie Wark, "General Intellects: Twenty-One ...
McKenzie Wark’s new book offers 21 focused studies of thinkers working in a wide range of fields who are worth your attention...
61 min
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Keisha Lindsay, "In a Classroom of Their Own: T...
52 min
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Jeong-Hee Kim, "Understanding Narrative Inquiry...
62 min
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Bryan Caplan, “The Case against Education: Why ...
Pretty much everyone knows that the American healthcare system is, well, very inefficient. We don’t, so critics say, get as much healthcare bang for our buck as we should. According to Bryan Caplan, however,
27 min
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Michelle Fine, “Just Research in Contentious Ti...
What can a researcher do to promote social justice? A conventional image of a researcher describes her staying in the ivory tower for most of the time, producing papers filled with academic jargons periodically,
78 min
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Shenila Khoja-Moolji, “Forging an Ideal Educate...
Shenila Khoja-Moolji’s Forging an Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia (University of California Press, 2018)  is a pathbreaking and incredibly timely monograph that combines tools of education studies,
39 min
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Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro, “Cents an...
The vast chasm between classical economics and the humanities is widely known and accepted. They are profoundly different disciplines with little to say to one another. Such is the accepted wisdom. Fortunately,
47 min
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Pamela Woolner, ed., “School Design Together” (...
Pamela Woolner, senior lecturer in education at Newcastle University, joins us in this episode to discuss her edited volume, School Design Together (Routledge, 2014). Pam is an expert in understanding and developing learning environments,
29 min
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Stefan M. Bradley, “Upending the Ivory Tower: C...
The eight elite institutions that comprise the Ivy League, sometimes known as the Ancient Eight—Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, and Cornell—are American stalwarts that have profoundly influenced history and culture by produc...
42 min
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Gary Alan Fine, “Talking Art: The Culture of Pr...
Most people have heard of the Masters of Fine Arts–“MFA”–degree, but few know about the grueling process one must undergo to complete one. In Talking Art: The Culture of Practice and the Practice of Culture in MFA Education (University of Chicago Press...
40 min
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Melissa Terras, “Picture-Book Professors: Acade...
How have academics been represented in children’s books? In Picture-Book Professors: Academia and Children’s Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Melissa Terras, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at the University of Edinburgh,
30 min
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Freeden Blume Oeur, “Black Boys Apart: Racial U...
How do schools empower but also potentially emasculate young black men? In his new book, Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), Freeden Blume Oeur uses observational and inte...
66 min
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J. Lester, C. Lochmiller, and R. Gabriel, “Disc...
The study of education policy is a scholarly field that sheds light on important debates and controversies revolving around education policy and its implementation. In this episode, we will be talking with three scholars who have made substantial contr...
50 min
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Azra Hromadžić, “Citizens of an Empty Nation: Y...
Despite all the buzz about the reconstruction of Mostar’s beautiful Old Bridge, Mostar remains a largely divided city, with Bosniaks on one side and Croats on the other. In Citizens of an Empty Nation: Youth and State-Making in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovi...
55 min
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Fabio Lanza, “The End of Concern: Maoist China,...
If you work in Asian studies as a scholarly field, you should read Fabio Lanza’s new book. The End of Concern: Maoist China, Activism, and Asian Studies (Duke University Press, 2017) takes as its central case study the Committee of Concerned Asian Scho...
75 min
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Matthew T. Hora, “Beyond the Skills Gap: Prepar...
How can educators ensure that young people who attain a postsecondary credential are adequately prepared for the future? Matthew T. Hora and his co-authors, Ross Benbow and Amanda Oleson, explain that the answer is not simply that students need more sp...
41 min
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Steven Alvarez, “Brokering Tareas: Mexican Immi...
In this episode, I speak with Steven Alvarez about his book, Brokering Tareas: Mexican Immigrant Families Translanguaging Homework Literacies (SUNY Press, 2017). This book highlights a grassroots literacy mentorship program that connects emerging bilin...
27 min
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Robert N. Gross, “Public vs. Private: The Early...
There are numerous political debates about education policy today, but some of the most heated surround vouchers, charter schools, and other questions about public funding and oversight of private schools. Though many of these questions feel new,
62 min
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Wendy Laybourn and Devon Goss, “Diversity in Bl...
Black Greek-Letter organizations (BGLOs) appeared as an initiative from black college students to provide support, opportunities and service, as well as a free space for the black community. Despite most BGLO members are black,
31 min
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Hilary Green, “Educational Reconstruction: Afri...
In cities ravaged by years of bloodshed and warfare, how did black populations, many formerly enslaved, help shape the new world that the Civil War left open for them to mold? In Dr. Hilary Green’s book Educational Reconstruction: African American Scho...
57 min
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Warren Treadgold, “The University We Need: Refo...
Though many Americans, Republicans especially, regard universities as heavily disposed to the political left, few people understand how much this matters, how it happened, how deeply ideologically siloed the academy is, or what can be done about it.
45 min
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Steven Alvarez, “Community Literacies en Confia...
In this episode, I speak with Steven Alvarez about his book, Community Literacies en Confianza: Learning From Bilingual After-School Programs (National Council of Teachers of English, 2017). This book highlights effective bilingual after-school program...
34 min
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Aaron Kuntz, “The Responsible Methodologist: In...
In this episode, I speak with Aaron M. Kuntz about his book, The Responsible Methodologist: Inquiry, Truth-Telling, and Social Justice (Left Coast Press, 2015). This book offers a thorough and much-needed interrogation of the role of research methodolo...
63 min
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Larry Cuban, “The Flight of a Butterfly or the ...
In The Flight of a Butterfly or the Path of a Bullet? Using Technology to Transform Teaching and Learning (Harvard Education Press, 2018), Larry Cuban looks at the uses and effects of digital technologies in K–12 classrooms,
32 min
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Jessica Calarco, “Negotiating Opportunities: Ho...
In what ways do middle class students obtain advantages in schools? In her new book, Negotiating Opportunities: How the Middle Class Secures Advantages in School (Oxford University Press, 2018), Jessica McCrory Calarco uses ethnographic data to elabora...
35 min
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Patricia Leavy and Victoria Scotti, “Low-Fat Lo...
Patricia Leavy and Victoria Scotti‘s Low-Fat Love Stories (Sense Publishers, 2017) is a collection of short stories and artistic portraits focusing on women’s dissatisfying relationships. What makes these stories different from conventional fictions is...
53 min
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Sean R. Gallagher, “The Future of University Cr...
The Future of University Credentials: New Developments at the Intersection of Higher Education and Hiring (Harvard Education Press, 2016) offers a thorough and urgently needed overview of the burgeoning world of university degrees and credentials.
33 min
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L. Taddei and S. Budhai, “Nurturing Young Innov...
In this episode, I speak with Laura McLaughlin Taddei and Stephanie Smith Budhai about their book, Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community (International Society for Technology in Education, 2017).
22 min
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Jason Linkins, “Schoolhouse Wreck: The Betsy De...
In Schoolhouse Wreck: The Betsy DeVos Story (Strong Arm Press, 2018), Jason Linkins delivers a searing critique of controversial Trump administration Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The book tracks the DeVos family’s accumulation of wealth through ...
45 min
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Karen Teoh, “Schooling Diaspora: Women, Educati...
In Schooling Diaspora: Women, Education, and the Overseas Chinese in British Malaya and Singapore, 1850s to 1960s (Oxford University Press, 2018), Karen Teoh relates the history of English and Chinese girls’ schools that overseas Chinese founded and at...
32 min
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Jonathan S. Coley, “Gay on God’s Campus: Mobili...
How do students become LGBT activists at Christian Universities and Colleges? And what is the impact on the school but also on the activists themselves? In his new book, Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Univer...
46 min
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R. Shep Melnick, “The Transformation of Title I...
When thinking of Title IX, most people immediately associate this important education policy with either athletics or a general idea of increasing opportunities for women in education. Rarely do those same people know how Title IX originated,
72 min
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Deondra Rose, “Citizens by Degree: Higher Educa...
Deondra Rose has written Citizens by Degree: Higher Education Policy and the Changing Gender Dynamics of American Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is an assistant professor of public policy and political science at Duke University.
24 min
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Domingo Morel, “Takeover: Race, Education, and ...
When the state takes over, can local democracy survive? Over 100 school districts have been taken over by state governments since the late 1980s. In doing so, state officials relieve local officials, including those elected by local residents,
24 min
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Betsy DiSalvo, et al., “Participatory Design fo...
Betsy DiSalvo, assistant professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, joins us in this episode to discuss the recently published co-edited volume entitled, Participatory Design for Learning: Perspectives from Pra...
31 min
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Marshall Poe, “How to Read a History Book: The ...
What is the history of a “history book”? In How to Read a History Book: The Hidden History Of History (Zero Books, 2018), Marshall Poe, founder and Editor-In-Chief of the New Books Network, tells the story of why and how we have the “history books” we ...
44 min
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Lucinda Carspecken, “Love in the Time of Ethnog...
Love in the Time of Ethnography: Essays on Connection as a Focus and Basis for Research (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) is edited by Lucinda Carspecken, anthropologist and lecturer in the School of Education, Indiana University Bloomington.
41 min
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Luisa Del Giudice, ed. “On Second Thought: Lear...
On Second Thought: Learned Women Reflect on Profession, Community, and Purpose (University of Utah Press, 2017) is a collection of thirteen essays by women, all in the second half of their lives, in which they contemplate the ways in which the differen...
55 min
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Jacqueline Emery, “Recovering Native American W...
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Native American students from across the United States attended federally-managed boarding schools where they were taught English, math, and a variety of vocational skills,
37 min
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Michelle Kuo, “Reading with Patrick: A Teacher,...
It takes courage to walk into a classroom when students don’t look like you. It takes courage to return every day to teach a class when students devalue education. Media has portrayed the scenario in films like Freedom Writers and Dangerous Minds with ...
27 min
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Karen Ross, “Youth Encounter Programs in Israel...
In her new book, Youth Encounter Programs in Israel: Pedagogy, Identity and Social Change (Syracuse University Press, 2017), Karen Ross conducts an in-depth analysis of Jewish-Palestinian youth encounter peace-building programs in Israel.
82 min
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Jennifer Randles, “Proposing Prosperity? Marria...
“Marriage is the foundation of a successful society,” proclaimed the Clinton-era welfare reform bill. Since then, national and state governments have spent nearly a billion dollars on programs designed to encourage poor and low-income Americans to get ...
42 min
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Jean Kazez, “The Philosophical Parent: Asking t...
We all recognize that parenting involves a seemingly endless succession of choices, beginning perhaps with the choice to become a parent, through a sequence of decisions concerning the care, upbringing, acculturation, and education of a child.
52 min
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Richard Rabinowitz, “Curating America: Journeys...
Richard Rabinowitz is one of the leading public historians in the United States. He has helped conceptualize, design, organize, and build over 500 history programs across the U.S. at such sites as the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York; the Bi...
60 min
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Ricardo D. Salvatore, “Disciplinary Conquest: U...
Ricardo D. Salvatore‘s new book, Disciplinary Conquest: U.S. Scholars in South America, 1900-1945 (Duke University Press, 2016) offers an alternative narrative on the origins of Latin American Studies in the United States.
36 min
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Andrea L. Turpin, “A New Moral Vision: Gender, ...
Andrea L. Turpin is an Associate Professor of History at Baylor University. Her book, A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917 (Cornell University Press, 2017),
54 min
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Alfred Posamentier et. al., “The Joy of Mathema...
The book discussed here is the The Joy of Mathematics (Prometheus Books, 2017), whose lead author, Alfred Posamentier, is our guest today. The subtitle Marvels, Novelties, and Neglected Gems That Are Rarely Taught in Math Classdescribes the book nicely...
55 min
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Christopher R. Cotter and David G. Robertson, e...
When undergraduate students look through a course catalog and see the title World Religions they probably have some idea what the course will be about. But why is that? Why do World Religions seem so self-evident in this historical moment?
60 min
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Tom Carhart, “The Golden Fleece: High-Risk Adve...
If you were a cadet at West Point and knew with virtual certainty that upon graduation you would be sent into the teeth of the Vietnam war, what would you do? Well, if you were Tom Carhart and five of his buddies,
1 min
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Noel Brown, “The Children’s Film: Genre, Nation...
Noel Brown is a film and television scholar at Liverpool Hope University. His research has focused on Hollywood and British cinema (classical and contemporary), family entertainment, children’s culture and animation.
23 min
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Betty S. Anderson, “A History of the Middle Eas...
As the Middle East continues to become more topical to American and European audiences, a need for textbooks to teach the history of the region has become urgent. Some such textbooks take a topical approach, others use a chronological narrative.
25 min