Audio Extras

A selection of our recent audio commentaries and first-person stories.

A summertime trip to Botswana becomes a living lesson for one New Jersey educator (5:39). (December 1, 2006)

In an interview with Teacher Magazine, Bill Cosby says his highly publicized remarks about teachers were taken out of context (3:09). (November 7, 2006)

In Japan, an American educator learns the meaning of responsibility (6:35). (October 1, 2006)

Meditation Education Full interview | Edited version
Filmmaker David Lynch discusses the educational benefits of transcendental meditation (30:55 | 4:43). Read the related story. (August/September, 2006)

The Spoken Word MP3 file
Teacher Paul Karrer on reuniting with a once-promising student whose gone astray (4:45). Read the related story. (August/September, 2006)

The Spoken Word Window Media file | MP3 file
Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, talks about the importance of the arts in education and more about the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. (4:40). Read the related story. (May 23, 2006)

The Turning Point Window Media file | MP3 file
Maureen Wanket, a freelance writer and an English teacher in Sacramento, California, recalls how a reading of The Catcher in the Rye changed her perspective (8:01). Read the related story. (May/June, 2006)

War and Remembrance Windows Media file | MP3 file
Susan Van Kirk, a veteran educator in Monmouth, Illinois, recalls her experiences as a young high school teacher during the Viet Nam War (12:05). Read the related story. (March/April, 2006)

Math Desperation in India Windows Media file | MP3 file
Writer Vaishali Honawar talks about her reporting trip to India, where she examined the national interest in mathematics education (5:38). Read the related story. (March/April, 2006)

Boys to Men MP3 file
Dennis Donoghue, a 6th grade teacher at Salisbury Elementary School in Massachusetts, recounts how a health video sparked an unexpectedly frank classroom discussion on sexuality (7:30). Read the related story. (January/February 2006.)

Difficult Times for Teachers in Kenya Windows media file
Writer Bess Keller discusses her assignment in Kenya, where educators are dealing an extreme lack of resources and battling the spead of AIDS (15:42). Read the related story. (September 2005)

What is to be done when facilities are falling apart and there isn’t enough money to modernize them?, ask William D. Eggers and Tiffany Dovey.
September 26, 2007 – Education Week

Chat Transcript

Our guests discussed how both rookie and veteran teachers can prepare for the new school year.

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