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4 minutes | 23 days ago
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Listen to the trailer for our newest show, "The Improvement Association." From Serial Productions and The New York Times, hosted by Zoe Chace.
53 minutes | 8 months ago
Nice White Parents - Ep. 5
Chana has traced the history of the school from its founding and come to the present. But now: One unexpected last chapter. Last year, the school district for BHS mandated a change in the zoning process to ensure all middle schools would be racially integrated. No longer can white families hoard resources in a few select schools. Black and Latino parents have been demanding this change since the late 1950s. The courts have mandated it. Chana asks: How did this happen? And is this a blueprint for real, systemic change?
49 minutes | 8 months ago
Nice White Parents - Ep. 4
Public schools are inequitable because the school systems are maniacally loyal to white families. We can’t have equitable public education unless schools limit the disproportionate power of white parents. But is that even possible? Chana finds two schools that are trying to do just that, and both are actually inside the 293 building. One is downstairs in the basement, where a charter school called Success Academy opened about 7 years ago. The other is upstairs at BHS, the newly renamed SIS.
45 minutes | 8 months ago
Nice White Parents - Ep. 3
Chana Joffe-Walt explores how white parents can shape a school — even when they aren’t there. She traces the history of I.S. 293, now the Boerum Hill School for International Studies, from the 1980s through the modern education reforms of the 2000s. In the process, Chana talks to alumni who loved their school and never questioned why it was on the edge of a white neighborhood. To them, it was just where everyone went. But she also speaks to some who watched the school change over the years and questioned whether a local community school board was secretly plotting against 293.
52 minutes | 8 months ago
Nice White Parents - Ep. 2
Chana Joffe-Walt searches the New York City Board of Education archives for more information about the School for International Studies, which was originally called I.S. 293. In the process, she finds a folder of letters written in 1963 by mostly white families in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. They are asking for the board to change the proposed construction of the school to a site where it would be more likely to be racially integrated. It’s less than a decade after Brown v. Board of Education, amid a growing civil rights movement, and the white parents writing letters are emphatic that they want an integrated school. They get their way and the school site changes — but after that, nothing else goes as planned.
62 minutes | 8 months ago
Nice White Parents - Ep. 1
It’s 2015 and one Brooklyn middle school is about to receive a huge influx of new students. Reporter Chana Joffe Walt follows what happens when the School for International Studies’s 6th grade class swells from 30 mostly Latino, Black and Middle Eastern students, to a class of 103 —an influx almost entirely driven by white families. Everyone wants “what’s best for the school” but it becomes clear that they don’t share the same vision of what “best” means. For more information about this show, visit nytimes.com/nicewhiteparents
51 minutes | 2 years ago
S03 Episode 09: Some Time When Everything Has Changed
The state of Ohio decides where Joshua belongs.
65 minutes | 2 years ago
S03 Episode 08: A Madman’s Vacation
A teenager decides to cooperate.
56 minutes | 2 years ago
S03 Episode 07: The Snowball Effect
If you listen closely to the trash-talking, you start to get the message.
52 minutes | 3 years ago
S03 Episode 06: You in the Red Shirt
Life after you put a cop in jail.
62 minutes | 3 years ago
S03 Episode 05: Pleas Baby Pleas
Don’t tell the judges, but the prosecutors have the most power in the building.
61 minutes | 3 years ago
S03 Episode 04: A Bird in Jail Is Worth Two on the Street
What happens when the right evidence points to the wrong man?
63 minutes | 3 years ago
S03 Episode 03: Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit
The smell of raw marijuana + acting nervous + hands in pockets = ?
57 minutes | 3 years ago
S03 Episode 02: You’ve Got Some Gauls
When a judge believes he knows you better than you know yourself.
53 minutes | 3 years ago
S03 Episode 01: A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center
A young woman at a bar is slapped on the butt. So why’s she the one in jail?
65 minutes | 5 years ago
S02 Episode 11: Present for Duty
The Season Two finale: What is Bowe’s fault, and what isn’t?
52 minutes | 5 years ago
S02 Episode 10: Thorny Politics
Are you hearing what I’m hearing?
49 minutes | 5 years ago
S02 Episode 09: Trade Secrets
You don’t make peace with your friends.
37 minutes | 5 years ago
S02 Episode 08: Hindsight, Part 2
Woulda, coulda, shoulda…
38 minutes | 5 years ago
S02 Episode 07: Hindsight, Part 1
It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.
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