Rob Henderson on Life in Foster Care, Academia, and Beyond

“Upstream” with Erik Torenberg | 23 February 2024 | 1h 23m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rob Henderson about his book Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class. Provides a sense of what it is like to grow up in a marginalised working-class environment. Stresses the importance of a stable home life, rather than a good education, to successful life outcomes.

I enjoy Rob Henderson’s Substack.

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“A Low Moment in Higher Education”

Freakonomics Radio | 25 January 2024 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Roth about his LA Times opinion piece College presidents are supposed to be moral leaders, not evasive bureaucrats. Discusses the role of university president, morality, antisemitism, free speech, and more.

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Yi-Lin Chiang on Study Gods: How the New Chinese Elite Prepare for Global Competition

New Books in Education | 11 July 2023 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Yi-Lin Chiang about her book Study Gods: How the New Chinese Elite Prepare for Global Competition. Shares behind-the-scene stories from her ethnographic research about the education of elite Chinese adolescents pursuing high academic performance.

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Keith Tribe, Constructing Economic Science: The Invention of a Discipline 1850–1950

New Books in Economics | 18 June 2023 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Keith Tribe about his book Constructing Economic Science: The Invention of a Discipline 1850–1950. Discusses the factors that shaped the development of economics as a university programme, as it evolved from its beginning in commercial education, through to becoming the economics we know today.

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A Fire to be Kindled: Kelly Smith

Author Hour | 10 May 2023 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kelly Smith about his book A Fire to be Kindled: How a Generation of Empowered Learners Can Lead Meaningful Lives and Move Humanity Forward. Describes the empowered learners approach used in Prenda microschools to unleash real learning.

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The Sacrifices and Rewards of a Chinese-Style Education

Chinese Whispers | 8 March 2021 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lenora Chu about her book Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve. Discusses China’s disciplined and competitive educational environment, its strengths and weaknesses, its successes and the sacrifices required.

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Laughton King on Inside the Dyslexic Mind

Nine to Noon | 24 May 2023 | 0h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Laughton King about his book Inside the Dyslexic Mind. Discusses his work helping parents and teachers to understand children with difficulties learning to navigate a world requiring language rather than image processing.

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Why the Cult of Achievement in Schools Is Making People Miserable

Plain English with Derek Thompson | 28 March 2023 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lisa Damour about the impossible pressures to succeed that we place on students trying to gain entrance to elite universities with intakes no larger than in the past – notwithstanding the huge population increase in the meantime. Draws from her book The Emotional Lives of Teenagers.

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