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Episode 42: Dorothy Jungels of Everett Stage Company School

When I met Dorothy Jungels, I knew immediately that I wanted to spend more time with her. As the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Everett Company Stage School, Dorothy is part of an amazing “mom and pop” nonprofit community arts organization, along

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Episode 41: Dr. Nancy Rappaport, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist!

For a long time, I have been concerned about how young children are given drugs like Ritalin and Adderal. So when I saw Nancy Rappaport‘s recent Washington Post article, “We Are Overmedicating America’s Poorest Kids,” it caught my eye. In this

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Episode 40: Carla Sanger of LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program

One of the great things about doing this podcast is that I get to meet awesome new people. The other great thing is that I get to sit down with some of my favorite people and talk to them for

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Episode 39: A Memorial to the
Great Richard Murphy

This is a very special episode of Please Speak Freely, a memorial to the great Richard Murphy. Murphy was a friend and a mentor to me and countless others, and he passed away on Valentine’s Day, 2013. He was a true

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Episode 38: Jaime Casap, Google’s Global Education Evangelist

Thanks to support from the National AfterSchool Association (NAA), I got a chance to interview Jaime Casap at the 2014 NAA National Convention where he was the keynote speaker. Jaime is the Global Education Evangelist at Google, a company you may have heard of. In

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Episode 37: Baratunde Thurston, Comedian, Entrepreneur and Author of How to Be Black!

Baratunde Thurston is the CEO and co-founder of Cultivated Wit, a design, media, and technology company. I came across Baratunde’s book, How to Be Black, in a used bookstore last summer. It caught my eye because the title is so funny, and because

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Episode 36: Pasi Sahlberg, Author of Finnish Lessons and Visiting Professor at Harvard!

If you’ve been following the national or international news about education policy over the past few years, you’ve probably heard that Finland is a big educational success story. What’s amazing about the Finnish story is that the Finnish have basically done

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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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