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Crossing East - Asian American History series (Series)

Produced by Dmae Lo Roberts

Most recent piece in this series:

Crossing East: Relations

From Dmae Lo Roberts | Part of the Crossing East - Asian American History series series | 58:28

Ellenchoy-lockdown-brooke_anderson_photography_small Crossing East: Relations focuses on historic and contemporary relationships and conflicts between Asian Americans and African Americans leading up to Asians4BlackLives support for Black Lives Matter. The documentary examines  stereotypes fostered by the myth of the “model minority” as a way to suggest one racial group is more successful and should be modeled by other racial groups. This stereotype has been used as racial wedge between communities of color.  As part of a 10th anniversary celebration of the Peabody-winning radio series Crossing East, which aired on 230 public radio stations around the country we’ve been producing this documentary as well gathering more than 100 hours of oral history recordings for the Crossing East Archive.

Interviews recorded by Crossing East producer Robynn Takayama in the Bay Area include:

Interviews recorded by Crossing East Executive producer Dmae Roberts and Alan Montecillo in Portland in collaboration with APANO’s Kara Carmosino. These include:

The Behavior Code

From Guy Rathbun | Part of the Turning Pages: Authors and Their Words series | 17:25

About 10-percent of kids in school – approximately 9 to 13 million students – struggle with mental health problems. Whether they’re running out of class, not doing their homework, disrupting others, or quietly being defiant, their behavior is often misread, misdiagnosed and poorly handled by teachers, parents and caregivers. The frustration level parents face can be overwhelming, and navigating school dynamics with teachers and administrators is equally tough


In The Behavior Code, Jessica Minahan and Nancy Rappaport, M.D. provide empathetic, flexible, practical, and more importantly effective strategies for preventing inappropriate behavior from the start of the classroom, and dealing with it once it’s already happening.

With their combined clinical background and practice of effective interventions, Minahan and Dr. Rappaport have researched the best practices for helping children that act out. Dr. Rappaport is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of School Programs at Cambridge Health Alliance. Minahan is a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator who is currently employed in the Newton, MA school system as district-wide behavior analyst.

Racial Innocence

From Guy Rathbun | Part of the Turning Pages: Authors and Their Words series | 19:53

Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights by Robin Bernstein

Racial_innocence_cover_jpg_small Professor Robin Bernstein analyzes "scriptive things" in order to link historically-located practrices. Books, toys, theatrical props, domestic knickknacks and early movies (Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) provide the signposts for Bernstien as she explores how mores and values changed in the 19th and 20th century.
Today's child is seen as innocent, but in the period of Calvinist domination, children were considered sinful, godless, and depraved, however, popular culture, controlled by the media, began to portray white children as pure and vulnerable while, at the same time, excluding black children from these traits.

Bridging the Shores: The Hmong-American Experience

From Wisconsin Public Radio | 59:00

Sound-rich documentary about Hmong-Americans living in the U.S.

Bridgshores01_small * Winner of the RTNDA-UNITY Award for excellence in diversity coverage, 2009
* Winner of the Wisconsin AP Awards for Best Documentary, 2009
* Winner of the Asian-American Journalists Association for excellence in coverage of Asian-American/Pacific Islander issues (radio), 2009
Winner of the University of Wisconsin Extension/UW Colleges Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Collaboration (Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service)

More than 30 years since fleeing their native Laos after the Vietnam War, many Hmong still struggle with issues of cultural preservation and identity as they forge new lives in America. Bridging the Shores is a one-hour documentary that explores the challenges - and triumphs - of the Hmong-American community as they strive to assimilate into mainstream society yet preserve their traditions. Sources have been drawn from three states with the largest Hmong populations (Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California) but this program can appeal to any audience with a strong interest in Southeast Asian culture or immigrant communities. Topics covered include the generation gap, modern weddings, Hmong's efforts to incorporate their history into American classrooms, efforts to repatriate disturbed refugee remains in Thailand, spirituality, the career of Minnesota Senator Mee Moua, treating elders with PTSD, and new music forms incorporating traditional Hmong and American hip-hop.

The Great Textbook War

From Trey Kay | 58:59

In 1974, Kanawha County was the first battleground in the American culture wars. Controversy erupted over newly-adopted school textbooks. School buildings were hit by dynamite and Molotov cocktails, buses were riddled with bullets and surrounding coal mines were shut down by protesting miners. Textbook supporters thought they would introduce students to new ideas about multiculturalism. Opponents felt the books undermined traditional American values. The controversy extended well beyond the Kanawha Valley. The newly-formed Heritage Foundation found a cause to rally an emerging Christian conservative movement. This documentary tells the story of that local confrontation and the effect that it had on the future of American politics.


In 1974, Kanawha County was the first battleground in the American culture wars. Controversy erupted over newly-adopted school textbooks. School buildings were hit by dynamite and Molotov cocktails, buses were riddled with bullets and surrounding coal mines were shut down by protesting miners. Textbook supporters thought they would introduce students to new ideas about multiculturalism. Opponents felt the books undermined traditional American values. The controversy extended well beyond the Kanawha Valley. The newly-formed Heritage Foundation found a cause to rally an emerging Christian conservative movement. This documentary tells the story of that local confrontation and the effect that it had on the future of American politics.


The Documentary                                                                                                                        More than 40 interviews and archival sound of school board meetings, public debates and news reports bring the story of the Kanawha County textbook wars to life. School board member Alice Moore, who led the opposition to the books, describes what she found objectionable, and more broadly, how she felt traditional family values were under attack. Superintendent Kenneth Underwood recalls that a reasonable conclusion felt impossible after the debate was hijacked by a mob of angry fundamentalist Christians. Reverend Henry Thaxton remembers feeling dismissed and disregarded by an arrogant governing class. English teacher Mildred Holt was excited to teach the works of African American writers, but when the KKK began to protest the books, she felt sure the protest was racially based. Their memories describe the charged political environment of 1974, and show how messy and destructive cultural confrontations can be, particularly in a narrow river valley where there is not much room for retreat.

Host Trey Kay was a 7th grader during the textbook protests. He rode the bus into junior high past a crowd of mothers holding picket signs. Telling the story as both the chronicler and a witness, the documentary has the personal tone of a first-person account. Combined with   exclusive interviews and archival sound of national news coverage, the documentary guides the listener through the tumultuous protests that tore this community apart while setting a new course for conservative religious politics.



Praise for Documentary

Trey Kay has produced a riveting, surprising and scrupulously fair-minded documentary about a little-known but extremely important early battle in what we now call "the culture wars." I can't imagine a better, faster way to acquire a solid, visceral understanding of the roots and long-simmering ferocity of today's angry populist right than listening to The Great Textbook War.

-Kurt Andersen, host of PRI’s Studio 360


Although I've written repeatedly about the famous 1974 Kanawha County fundamentalist uprising against "godless" textbooks, Trey Kay's public radio documentary nonetheless opened my ears to details and incidents I didn't know. Now I understand the mentality of the protesters better. It's a superb program and a valuable addition to West Virginia history.

-Jim Haught, editor of the Charleston Gazette, West Virginia’s largest newspaper


This program highlights a moment in history when our society had to face some very difficult decisions.  It’s an evocative hour of radio told from a unique perspective that brings you close to this story in an unexpected way.  I was riveted. 

- Abby Goldstein, Program Director, New Hampshire Public Radio


I really liked this program!  It was well produced, very interesting, had great tape from the time, a good flow and timely with the link to today’s Tea Party activism.  It hooked me in quickly and told a good story.

- Jacqueline Cincotta, Assistant Program Director, WNYC, New York City



The Radio Broadcast

The Great Textbook War premiered on West Virginia Public Radio in October 2009 and has had two encore broadcasts.  In addition, New York public radio WNYC will air the documentary this spring, PRI’s Studio 360 has requested a follow-up segment for their program and APM’s American RadioWorks for inclusion in their fall 2010 season.  

Sample Scenes

The Spark                                                                                                                                 

The textbook selection committee introduces a series of new language arts books at the Kanawha County board of education meeting on April 11, 1974. School board member Alice Moore, who has been concerned that liberal teaching methods are watering down the education system, objects to the introduction of the teaching of non-standard English. In particular, she speaks against the teaching of “dialectology,” a method that the book selection committee hoped would diminish the elitism of English classes and encourage an appreciation of language. Alice feared that incorrect grammar would affirm the practice of “ghetto English.” Since the board faced a deadline to adopt the books or lose state funding, Alice moves to accept the books and later delete materials that the board considered unsuitable. 

After the motion passed, Alice’s husband (who had been reviewing the books during the meeting) presents her with a book and says “Look at what you’ve adopted.” She reads a quote from The Autobiography of Malcolm X: “All praise is due to Allah that I moved to Boston when I did. If I hadn't, I'd probably still be a brainwashed black Christian.” Alice, a life-long Christian, finds this passage highly offensive. She notifies the superintendent that she wants all of the books sent to her home so she can begin a personal review of other material.  After her initial review, she objected to passages by Sigmund Freud, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Eldridge Cleaver and others as inappropriate material for children’s textbooks.

The Violence                                                                                                                              After the school board’s adoption of the books, many local fundamentalist preachers organize a protest campaign. Reverend Marvin Horan calls on parents to boycott the school system until the books were removed.  He opens an “Anti-Textbook Headquarters” in the coal mining community where he lives.  At this office, he and his followers develop a plan to get the books out of the schools. One strategy is to have concerned mothers set up picket lines in front of schools. Since many parents adhered to the coal miner union tradition of never crossing a picket line, families are reluctant to send their children into schools.  Many schools  operate at half (and less than half) capacity. 

Coal miner Butch Wills goes to the protest office every night after supper.  “It was a good place to loaf.  I mean, it was what was going on up here.  There was all the national news media ABC, NBC, CBS.” He says that in those meetings Rev. Horan always said, “Whatever we do, no violence.” 

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Rich says that in that office, Horan and some of his followers planned and executed dynamite bombings of two schools to discourage parents from bringing their children to school. The bombs exploded when schools were empty and no one was injured. Rich says he grew concerned that things could escalate when he heard of a plot to wire blasting caps into the gas tanks of cars of parents driving their kids to school. He moved to arrest and indict those involved. Rev. Marvin Horan was ultimately convicted of conspiring violence and sentenced to federal prison.

The Production Team                                                                                                  

Trey Kay (host, producer and reporter) has produced segments for This American LifeMarketplaceWeekend AmericaDay to DayMorning Edition and Studio 360. In 2005, he shared in a Peabody Award for 360’s “American Icons: Moby Dick” show. He was also an associate producer for “News Wars: Secrets, Sources and Spin,” a two-hour report for PBS Frontline. He is a native of Charleston, where he was a junior high school student in 1974. 

Deborah George (editor) has been an NPR editor for over fifteen years. Deb’s work has received numerous awards, including the DuPont-Columbia Gold and Silver Batons, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Casey Award for reporting on children.

American Dreamer: Sam's Story

From Long Haul Productions | 59:00

Every year, an estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools. Raised entirely in American culture, they finish high school only to find themselves in a peculiarly American limbo. "American Dreamer: Sam's Story" is a first-person longitudinal radio documentary sharing the experience of one of these kids.

Sam_small   “American Dreamer: Sam’s Story” tells the story of a talented and articulate young jazz musician named Sam, who was brought to the U.S. at age 5 by his Mexican parents. He stayed out of trouble, was drum major of his high school’s marching band, fell in love with playing jazz on the tenor sax, and got his diploma with honors– only to find that for an “illegal,” graduation marks a dead end. .  Though Sam dreams of attending college to study jazz performance, he hides his status from even his closest friends, and can’t legally work, drive, get financial aid, or even gain admission to some colleges.  "American Dreamer" follows him from his high school graduation, through the following summer, as he struggles to raise money to continue his education and weighs the risks of working and driving illegally against his own desire to achieve his American dream.

The Trouble With Black boys

From Smart City Radio | 58:54

This week on Smart City...every city has a unique story: how it came to be, who it's citizens are, and what its future holds. We'll speak with designer and branding expert Thomas Sevcik about turning that unique story into a unique brand.

And professor Pedro Noguera joins us for a frank discussion about race and achievement based on his book "The Trouble With Black Boys"

Default-piece-image-0 This week on Smart City, we explore the stubborn link between race and
poverty in America.   My guest, professor Pedro Noguera, has written a
book about the cultural, societal and personal factors that cause
young black and Hispanic males to run afoul of middle-class American
norms. Professor Noguera joins us to discuss his book "The Trouble
with Black Boys."

And we'll have a discussion with Thomas Sevcik about how much work it
can take to change the way the world views a city.  Thomas is the
founder of the internationally acclaimed creative studio "Arthesia,"
and he'll tell us about the complicated issue of a city's identity and
how to find what he calls "the city's drama."

Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students (54:00 and 59:00)

From Nancy Solomon | 59:01

This documentary won a 2010 Peabody Award. Nationwide, suburban schools are doing a good job educating white students, but those schools are not getting the same results with black and Latino students. This documentary tells the story of a suburban high school with lots of resources and a diverse student body that is struggling to close the minority achievement gap.


Award-winning NPR Reporter Nancy Solomon
takes you inside a school to hear a discussion on race in the classroom.  Listen as students try to explain what went wrong with their education. Join her at the kitchen table with black middle-class parents who thought that a move to the suburbs would ensure school success. Find out how the school's best teachers motivate their students. Be a fly on the wall in the busy dean's office where where kids with discipline problems land.

Two versions are available. The 54-minute version has a music-filled news hole and one-minute music breaks at :19 and :39 for station cutaways. The 59-minute version has additional content to cover the news hole (not music), and the same station breaks at :19 and 39.  The promos have 6-sec music tails for station tag.

A digital media package is available free to all stations that includes a call to action, audio slideshows and links for more information. To preview or to link to: www.nancycsolomon.com

Funded by the Spencer Fellowship in Education Reporting and free to all stations.

Schooled: Teens' Stories About American Public Education

From KUOW | Part of the Curated Youth Radio Programs from KUOW and Generation PRX series | 55:59

Teens talk about standards, inequality, and getting out of public high school in America.

Schooled is one hour of some of the best youth radio stories on PRX. The show is produced by KUOW's Jenny Asarnow with support from Generation PRX. Our host is Amina Al-Sadi, a 20-year-old senior at the University of Washington.

Claudia_200_small Adults in the White House, Congress, think tanks, principals’ offices, teachers’ unions, and other Very Important Positions are fighting over how to educate kids. But what do teenagers think about the education we’re getting?

This hour, we take you back to school – public high school, to be precise.

Teenagers share our stories, in our words.

We dissect school standards that are too hard, or too easy. We get educated in an unequal public school system, and make decisions for what comes next after high school.

Stories in the program:

1. Amon "AJ" Frazier, 'Promotion In Doubt' WNYC's Radio Rookies http://www.prx.org/pieces/46796-promotion-in-doubt

Amon 'AJ' Frazier was trying to get through eighth grade when New York City's Department of Education made it harder to move up to the next grade. AJ wasn't sure he could pass, but as he found out, the new standards were more flexible than they seemed. AJ created this story for WNYC's "Radio Rookies" when he was 14 years old.

2. Libby Donovan, 'These Kids Didn't Want To Be There, And I Did' (Orig. 'I Was a Slacker in the Top Ten'), Blunt Youth Radio Project http://www.prx.org/pieces/46381-i-was-a-slacker-in-the-top-10

Many American high schools put students in 'tracks' based on academic achievement. But at South Portland High School in Maine, students of all abilities were mixed together in the classroom. Libby Donovan was not pleased. She made this story when she was 19, for the Blunt Youth Radio Project.

3. Amanda Wells, 'The Night I Met Jonathan Kozol,' KRCB Voice of Youth http://www.prx.org/pieces/18445-the-night-i-met-jonathan-kozol

Let's go on a field trip with Amanda Wells, age 17. She saw Jonathan Kozol speak at Sonoma State University in 2005. Kozol has documented and criticized "the restoration of apartheid schooling in America." Amanda asks how she — a white girl — could help end racial separation. She made this story for KRCB Voice of Youth.

4. Erika Ortiz, Paul Roldan, and Alca Usan, 'Where Were You Fifth Period?,' Curie Youth Radio http://www.prx.org/pieces/10160-where-were-you-fifth-period

Time for a quiz. Why do students cut class? Is it because: A.Their pants are wet. B. They're tired. C. They got engaged on lunch break.

Erika Ortiz, Paul Roldan, and Alca Usan get answers from students at Curie High School on the Southwest Side of Chicago. They made this story for Curie Youth Radio.

5. Sam Pearson, 'Sam Drops Out,' Youth Media Project http://www.prx.org/pieces/46483-sam-drops-out

Sam Pearson was a student at Monte Del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, NM. He didn't want to be in high school anymore. So he dropped out. Sam made this story in 2010 when he was 17 years old, for the Youth Media Project in Santa Fe.

6. Caitlin Garing, 'Life After High School,' Alaska Teen Media Institute http://www.prx.org/pieces/4662-think-piece-on-life-after-high-school

More than a third of public high school graduates don't go to college. One anxious mother doesn't know what her son plans to do. So she hires a hard–boiled private detective to find out. Caitlin Garing was a senior in high school when she created this noir–inspired radio play for the Alaska Teen Media Institute.

7. Lena Eckert–Erdheim, 'Making It Out Of High School' Youth Noise Network http://www.prx.org/pieces/17755-making-it-out-of-high-school

Lena Eckert–Erdheim asked fellow seniors at Durham School of the Arts what they planned to do after high school. Go to college or become a hobo? Hmm, tough choice. Lena made this story for Youth Noise Network (YNN) at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. YNN is now part of SpiritHouse. (Lena went to college.)

8. Tirhas Kibrzghi, 'Students Vs. SATs' WAMU's Youth Voices http://www.prx.org/pieces/26721-students-vs-sats

Each year, the SAT test strikes fear into the hearts of about 1.5 million high school students. Colleges use SAT scores to make admissions decisions, but many high school students say the test carries too much weight. WAMU's Youth Voices reporter Tirhas Kibrzghi takes us inside a testing center near Washington, DC.

9. Claudia Villa, 'The Kids Who Got Out: My Graduation Day' KRCB Voice of Youth http://www.prx.org/pieces/11654-the-kids-who-got-out-my-graduation-day

We spend graduation day with Claudia Villa. She went to the Clean and Sober school for kids with substance abuse issues, and graduated with teen moms, probation camp kids, and the rest of Sonoma County's Alternative Ed class of 2006. Claudia made this story when she was 18 years old for KRCB Voice of Youth.

The Migration Project: A Youth Radio Special from KUOW and Generation PRX

From KUOW | Part of the Curated Youth Radio Programs from KUOW and Generation PRX series | 55:56

All teenagers search for identity. Some have to ask 'who am I?' in more than one language.

Migration150_small "I didn't expect to really pay attention, let alone be riveted. (I'm 60, white female.) But... IT WAS EXCELLENT!!!! very moving, very real, very enlightening." -Leslie S., KUOW listener Young people tell us what it's like to cross the border, learn language, and lose language. We're not going to pick apart policies this hour. We'll hear what it's like to be a young immigrant. KUOW's Jenny Asarnow curated and produced this program in collaboration with the Public Radio Exchange. ABOUT THE HOST: Dinorah Flores-Perez is 18. She is from Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico and lives in Seattle. She is an actor, slam poet and activist. TESTIMONY FROM KUOW LISTENERS: "Thank you for airing "The Migration Project" this morning...As a first-generation immigrant, that was fantastic! Props to everyone involved." -Robert H., Seattle, WA "I cannot thank you enough for producing and airing the Migration Project. It was the most amazing program I've ever heard on any NPR affiliate and I'm an NPR junkie. The voice of youth is powerful, profound and not heard enough." Beth N, Seattle, WA THE SHOW FITS AN HOUR LONG PROGRAM WITH A 3-MINUTE NEWS HOLE There is more information about each story in the program under 'For Stations.'

Our Time: Teens and Politics. From KUOW and Generation PRX.

From KUOW | Part of the Curated Youth Radio Programs from KUOW and Generation PRX series | 55:58

We grew up in America after 9/11. Our world is full of disasters. Now it's our time to step up or sit out.

Ourtimeicon_small We're deciding if we want to join the military. We're deciding if we want to protest something. We're fighting wars in our own lives, every day. Teens from around America share OUR stories, in OUR words. A special presentation from KUOW Public Radio Seattle and Generation PRX. KUOW LISTENERS SAY... "This was an amazing show. From beginning to end I was riveted. I was thankful I didn't have errands to run that would interrupt my listening. I will be proud to turn the world over to these kids when it's their turn to fix it!" - Tam "I was so impressed with the production values. I was astounded! I want to thank you for giving [the teen producers] a full hour." - Carolyn ABOUT THE HOST: Amina Al-Sadi is a freshman at the University of Washington and a graduate of KUOW's Weekday High. Her dad is from Iraq, and she's active in her mosque. Her whole family loves to talk about politics. In between segments, she shares her personal experiences with growing up after 9/11. ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Jenny Asarnow is our curator, producer and editor. She's also behind The Migration Project and Getting Raised, two more youth radio specials you can find on PRX. THE SHOW FITS AN HOUR LONG PROGRAM WITH A 3-MINUTE NEWS HOLE. There is more information about each story in the program under 'For Stations.' Thanks to Joe Kozera at KERA for cutting the 30 sec version of the promo.


From Voices of Our World | 27:58

This is the story of Small Talk, a nursery school that strives to teach their young Muslim, Christian, and Jewish pupils that cooperation, equality and respect are the abc’s of coexistence.



Today we're speaking with Jo Cassidy, founder of the Smalltalk Nursery School in Cairo, Egypt.  According to its mission statement "SmallTalk Nursery School provides children of all nationalities with a safe, caring, and stimulating environment in which they are nurtured and respected and encouraged to become independent learners in a play-based setting."   But just because Smalltalk is a nursery school designed to foster understanding and tolerance doesn't mean that peace is child's play.  In fact, we learned that is it often the parents who have the most learning to do. 




The Middle East is hardly known to be a tolerant place, at least according to much of the Western media.  But to those willing to look a bit closer, the Middle East is a vibrant and diverse region full of peoples and cultures that do not fit the stereotype.  In the heart of the Maadi district in Cairo, Egypt the Smalltalk Nursery School strives to teach their young Muslim, Christian, and Jewish pupils that cooperation, equality and respect are the abc's of coexistence.  So, can it be that the key to conflict resolution in one of the most troubled regions on earth can be found in the playground?                 

Early Lessons

From American Public Media | Part of the APM Reports: Focus on Education series | 54:00

There’s been a quiet revolution in America’s schools over recent decades. We’ve added an extra grade to a child’s education: Preschool. (10/29/2009)

Early_lessons_promo_photo_500_small There’s been a quiet revolution in America’s schools over recent decades. We’ve added a whole extra grade to a child’s education: Preschool. Economists love preschool. They say it’s the smartest way to spend public money, especially in a tight economy. And they have lots of data to prove it: Preschool is perhaps the most researched idea in all of education. "Early Lessons", the RTDNA/Unity-award winning documentary, takes us back to the 1960s to tell the story of a landmark experiment that helped launch the preschool movement. Fifty years later, researchers are still learning powerful lessons for today’s youngest students.

Nice White Lady

From Robin Amer | 07:43

In their comedy skit "Nice White Lady," the ever edgy Mad TV pokes fun at movies like Stand and Deliver, Freedom Writers, and Dangerous Minds, in which hero teachers single-handedly save troubled urban youth from...themselves.

In this piece, educator and radical Bill Ayers explains why he loves this skit, even though it makes him cringe.

Freedom_writers_small Bill Ayers is best known for the years he spent as a member of the American terrorist group the Weather Underground. But in later years he became an educator, teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago and publishing several books on education.

Ayers has written extensively on the depiction of schools in film, especially films like Dangerous Minds, Stand and Deliver, and To Sir With Love. In these films, heroic, idealistic teachers parachute into troubled urban schools to save rebellious students from themselves.

Ayers objects to such portrayals, arguing that teachers are not there to save, merely to educate, and that parents in poor communities recognize the value of education and arguing otherwise is a cheap shot. Because of his beliefs, he delighted at "Nice White Lady," Mad TV's parody of education films, claiming that the show had captured in a comedy skit what he had been trying to say for years.

In this piece, Ayers explains why he loves the skit, even as it makes him cringe, and makes a counter argument about what students in America's urban schools really need to succeed.

Saints and Indians

From Homelands Productions | Part of the Worlds of Difference series | 15:40

Winner of the 2006 Edward R. Murrow Award for best national news documentary, Saints & Indians tells the story of a program that placed thousands of Navajo children in Mormon foster homes. **CULTURALLY SENSITIVE MATERIAL. License terms require shows to contact producer regarding any changes to intro language.**

Girls_small Between 1954 and 1996, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored a program for American Indian children. The Indian Student Placement Program had two aims: to provide Native children with an education and to help the Church fulfill one of its central prophecies. According to Mormon teachings, American Indians are descendants of the ancient House of Israel and Church members have a responsibility to help bring them back to the Kingdom of God. More than 20,000 children from more than 60 tribes were baptized and enrolled in the Placement program. For some, it was a chance to overcome the stresses of reservation life. For others, it was a repudiation of their identity. For everyone, it was a life-changing experience. Producer Kate Davidson spent a year talking with people involved in Placement. The story that emerged is a complicated one -- about culture, power, identity and belief.

Tibetan Kids Keep Their Culture Alive in LA

From The Tibet Connection | 09:12

Tibetan children from 6 to 14 years share their thoughts on their identity in a Tibetan language and culture class in the heart of Los Angeles

Tibetlanguageclass_small A fun, uplifting documentary about a weekly culture class in Los Angeles, California. There are only two hundred Tibetans in Southern California, and the kids come from hours away to learn their language and to perform traditional folksongs that are in danger of dying out in their homeland. The kids speak engagingly about what it means to them to be Tibetan. Not always accurately, but always with enthusiasm. And they have some suprising things to say when asked, "What would you do if you went back to Tibet?" And about the Chinese....? 8 YEAR OLD BOY: "I want to throw a 5 megaton bomb at them!" OTHER KIDS: "You did not just hear that. Non-violence! Wake up, wake up!"

The Scopes Trial

From Talking History | 29:02

According to John Herron's guest, Edward Larson, the Scopes Trial took on a life and meaning of its own, and William Ashworth comments on the defining moment in the trial.

Default-piece-image-2 The show will air the week of July 18th on those stations carrying the show. It can be used prior or after that date. On July 10th, 1925, the case of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, better known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, opened in Dayton, Tennessee. It was a public clash between proponents and opponents of teaching evolution in the schools. According to John Herron's guest this week – Edward Larson - the trial took on a life and meaning of its own. Edward Larson is Professor of History and Law at the University of Georgia and the author of Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. In our commentary, William Ashworth discusses the defining moment in the Scopes Trial, and how it was misrepresented in the press. Ashworth is Professor of History at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Author Sherman Alexie

From Iowa Public Radio | 58:09

Author Sherman Alexie readin from his new book "Ten Little Indians"

Default-piece-image-0 Renowned Native Indian author and satirist Sherman Alexie presents his work on a special edition of the "Live From Prairie Lights" program.

"Teaching Philosophy for Children," with Maughn Gregory

From Prairie Public | Part of the Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life series | 52:52

How young can children learn philosophy? How should it be taught in the schools? What does philosophy offer that other curricula do not? Join WHY? as we examine this fascinating topic and ask whether a subject like philosophy is compatible with schooling built on standardized testing.

Gregory_small For decades, the international movement known as “philosophy for children” has had tremendous success teaching in both public and private schools. Emphasizing moral education, critical thinking, and concept development, P4C, as it is know, has inspired even the youngest children to speak out in class, think about the most difficult subjects, and come to their own conclusions about controversial issues.

WHY’s host Jack Russell Weinstein says, “Philosophy for Children is a fascinating subject. People always think about philosophy as a subject for college students, but it seems to be more successful the younger the students are. I’m thrilled to be able to talk with someone who has such an international view about philosophy and its impact on children’s education.”

Trafficked (Series)

Produced by Youth Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Youth Radio Investigates: Trafficked Part II

From Youth Radio | Part of the Trafficked series | 07:15

Traff_prx_square_small In the second half of our series Trafficked, we’ll hear how city police and community groups are fighting to save kids from the streets. According to the Oakland Attorney’s office, a mid-level pimp trafficking just four girls can make more than 500 thousand dollars a year marketing those girls on the street and online. Police say there are criminal networks that are moving into sexual exploitation of minors. The money is as good as selling drugs and safer. That’s because few are prosecuted and prison sentences are relatively short. Youth Radio’s Denise Tejada and Brett Myers have the story.