May 24, 2013 – Economics Without Illusions

My guest on this program is Joseph Heath, director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, where he is also a professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Public Policy and Governance. He has an acute capacity to debunk widespread ideas on environmental, economic, social and political issues. He has authored numerous scholarly and mainstream works that ask fundamental questions about society and how to make it more just. One of his more recent books published here in the U.S. is Economics Without Illusions: Debunking the Myths of Modern Capitalism.

Following the Rules: Practical Reasoning and Deontic ConstraintNation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture

May 10, 2013 – The Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling

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.

Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings
The Futures of School Reform

April 12, 2013 – World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements

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

March 1, 2013 – Mendocino County Schools

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

February 1, 2013 – Education: Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Testing

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

January 18, 2013 – The Development of Science & Knowledge

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

January 4, 2013 – Critical Thinking with Bob Carroll

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.”

August 17, 2012 – Communication

My guest on this program is Gary Radford, professor of Communication Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Author of several books and numerous articles on communication, Professor Radford teaches courses in interpersonal communication, communication theory, and communication philosophy. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Continue reading