Yearly Archives: 2013

Episode 35: Selma James, Activist and Founder of International Wages for Housework Campaign!

Selma James is a freedom fighter, fighting against racism, and fighting for human rights for all, especially women. She is best known for the International Wages for Housework Campaign, launched in 1972. She has continued her fierce activism all these years, and

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Episode 34: Jesse Hagopian, Teacher & Co-Organizer of Garfield High School Test Boycott

Last year, people across the country were inspired by the solidarity of the faculty, students, and parents at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. The teachers there were tired of being forced to give a test they didn’t believe in,

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Episode 33: Aaron Regunberg of the Providence Student Union

If you love zombies, you’re going to love this episode! I talked with Aaron Regunberg, Executive Director of the Providence Student Union (PSU). PSU became well known nationally last year when they led a zombie marchthrough the downtown of Providence, RI to call

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Episode 32: Kevin Coval and Jamila Woods

Just in time for this week’s 16th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival (held in Chicago this year), I spoke with the founder of Louder Than a Bomb: the Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, Kevin Coval, Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, as well

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Episode 31: Midwest Afterschool Science Academy

We are pleased to present this special episode of Please Speak Freely, sponsored by Project Liftoff and recorded live at the Midwest Afterschool Science Academy, on March 12-14, 2013 in Kansas City. This episode is hosted by my colleague Jennifer Brady, and features conversations with Jeff

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Episode 30: Kristin Wartman, Journalist & Author of NY Times Op-Ed, “Pay People to Cook At Home”

On May 10, 2013, I read an Op-Ed in the New York Times that really struck a chord. The article was titled, “Pay People to Cook at Home,” and in the piece my guest Kristin Wartman argues that the government should provide compensation to

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Episode 29: Marty Blank of Institute for Educational Leadership and Coalition for Community Schools

Almost fifty years go, the Institute for Educational Leadership was formed to bring together leaders from diverse sectors to focus on building partnerships for educational success. Around that same time, Marty Blank was a VISTA volunteer in the Missouri Bootheel, and began his lifelong mission for social

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Episode 28: Michelle Yanche of Good Shepherd Services

First, let me apologize for the extra long delay between episodes of Please Speak Freely! While I have intentionally ignored the good advice I get to put the podcast on a set schedule in order to keep it from becoming a

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