Producer Chana Joffe-Walt talks to researcher Mary Koss about how she came to see a thing that others couldn’t, and about what she did with that knowledge. (15 minutes)
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Producer Chana Joffe-Walt tells the story of a woman who took it upon herself to do something in an effort to help, and was not well received. (8 minutes)
Host Chana Joffe-Walt talks to teachers and principals about the unique challenges the pandemic has created in their daily working lives. (7 minutes)
When school closed and threw routines into disarray, one mom and daughter figured out a new way to make it work.
The pandemic moved lots of families around, and many children simply vanished from school, in person, and online.
After the murder of George Floyd, sales of books by Black authors skyrocketed. Now, there are efforts to ban many of the same books.
Producer Chana Joffe-Walt really loves the slideshows that schools display at end-of-the-year parent assemblies. A lot.
Guest host Chana Joffe-Walt talks to a carpenter whose job output went from fixing doors to something more urgent in the last year. (9 minutes)
Producer Chana Joffe-Walt wondered what it was like for surviving MTA employees coping with the loss of their co-workers due to Covid-19. She met one in particular who’s had a hard time saying goodbye.
Producer Chana Joffe-Walt talks to a seventh grader who doesn’t have a seventh grade, or an eighth grade. (11 minutes)
In just one year, everything in one ordinary public middle school changed. It went from an incoming class of thirty sixth graders—most of them Black, Latino, and Middle Eastern—to a class of 103 sixth graders.
As the school year moved forward, the fundraising committee planned a gala at the French Embassy. And the PTA planned a separate, Spring Carnival.
LaDonna sets out to understand how this place is run.
LaDonna sets out to transform the way this place is run.
Producer Chana Joffe-Walt fills in for Ira Glass this week. We hear from a person you don’t normally hear from in these kinds of stories — the partner of a man who has been accused of sexual harassment.
Growing up, Deanna is told that relationships with men won’t be easy: that men are dumb and she’ll have to make sense of things for them. Throughout her twenties, this proves true.
Alternet editors try to figure out what to make of Deanna’s odd behavior at an all-staff dinner. (3 minutes)
When Onnesha asks Don for a raise, he asks her a weird question.
Don’s behavior grows increasingly troubling to Deanna.
Tana is clear on how to deal with Don.
Kristen has no trouble naming what’s going on with Don: sexual harassment. She’s the first Alternet employee angry enough to try to do something about it.
We return to Vivian, Don’s partner, who reflects on how to incorporate some new information into the story of her own relationship with him.
Producer Chana Joffe-Walt tells Ira about a man who decided to do a drag act at his child's elementary school talent show.
Kids do not like getting told it’ll make sense when they’re older. They’re pretty sure the grown-ups are wrong, and whatever the conversation is, they’re up for it.