My guest on this program is Jal Mehta, Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research explores the underlying structures which shape American schooling, the cultural assumptions which underpin these approaches to education, and the consequences of decisions based on those assumptions for schools, teachers and students. He is interested in the policy and politics of closing the achievement gap that separates economically disadvantaged students and students of color from less disadvantaged students, and creating high quality schooling. His recent book is The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations, and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling.
This program features a conversation with Jared Diamond, noted author and professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include Guns, Germs & Steel, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, and most recently, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
This program features an inspirational conversation with John Hunter, author of World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements. Over three decades ago, John Hunter created his groundbreaking World Peace Game, and he has played it with students from high school all the way down to fourth grade, in schools both well-funded and under-resourced. In the game, his students have tackled and resolved global conflicts such as invasions and wars, stock market fluctuations, hurricanes, tyrants, and global warming. John Hunter is Continue reading
Program guest is Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. He is co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. “Big Data” refers to our newfound ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. The book aims to go beyond the recent big data hype and explain big Continue reading
Body scans at the airport, candid pictures on Facebook, and a surveillance camera on every street corner: What happens to our privacy when we cannot escape public scrutiny? In the face of such a threat, how do we sustain a society with “liberty and justice for all”? My guest Garret Keizer is the author of seven books, most recently Privacy. He is also a Continue reading
An interview with Paul Tichinin, Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools, and Paul Joens Poulson, Assistant Superintendent. Four weeks ago, we talked with state representatives about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and associated testing. On this program, we’re going to focus on Mendocino County’s schools: how they are doing regarding existing standards (e.g. No Child Left Behind) and where they stand regarding making adequate yearly progress towards meeting existing standards; how the implementation of CCSS is going, and what the plans are for Continue reading
On this program we’ll talk with two authors. In the first half-hour, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., professor of psychology at UC, Riverside, will be talking with us about her most recent book, The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn’t; What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, but Does. Professor Lyubomirsky’s training is in Social Psychology (Stanford, 1994), and her research career has focused on the scientific study of happiness.
In the second half-hour, Thomas Edsall, professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, talks about his recent book, The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics. He writes an online opinion column for The New York Times, is a correspondent Continue reading
On this program, we talk with two people in education about the Common Core State Standards (for Kindergarten through 12th grade), and associated testing, being rolled out in California and forty-four other states in the union. Dr. Joan Bissell is Director for Teacher Education and Public School Programs in the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University system. In addition, Deborah Sigman who Continue reading
On this edition of Consider This, we’ll be talking about scientific development and knowledge. My first guest is Samuel Arbesman who is an applied mathematician and network scientist. He is a Senior Scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. In addition, he writes for popular audiences as a contributor to Wired.com. Arbesman’s first book, The Half-Life of Facts, is about how knowledge changes over time. My second guest is Patrick McCray who a professor in the History Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Continue reading
We’re starting the new year with a conversation with Bob Carroll, author of Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed!, and Mysteries and Science: Exploring Aliens, Ghosts, Monsters, the end of the world and other weird things. Bob is also on the web with his site the Skeptic’s Dictionary, which has been committed to “Exploring Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions since 1994.”