We Were Three - Ep. 3: I Am All That Is Left. Amen.
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by Serial Productions & The New York Times
3M ago
Rachel goes back to California, to the place where she grew up and where her brother and father died, to find answers.    For more information on 'We Were Three': https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/podcasts/we-were-three.html ..read more
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We Were Three - Ep. 2: Assassin
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by Serial Productions & The New York Times
3M ago
Rachel retraces how her family, over decades, fell apart and came back together.      For more information on 'We Were Three': https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/podcasts/we-were-three.html ..read more
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We Were Three - Ep. 1: Black Box
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by Serial Productions & The New York Times
3M ago
Rachel goes back to California, to the place where she grew up and where her brother and father died, to find answers.   For more information on 'We Were Three': https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/podcasts/we-were-three.html ..read more
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The Improvement Association - Ep. 4: ‘Let Them Pull the Red Wagon’
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by Serial Productions & The New York Times
3M ago
With the PAC’s reputation suffering because of years of cheating accusations and resentment stirring within its ranks, a prominent member turns against the leadership. Nevertheless, Horace and his closest allies make a bold move by supporting a political upset at the center of the county ..read more
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The Improvement Association - Ep. 3: ‘The Ballad of the Nursing Home Ballots’
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by Serial Productions & The New York Times
3M ago
Zoe delves into one of the most serious allegations against the Bladen Improvement PAC: an accusation about stealing votes from vulnerable people that goes back 10 years. In trying to track down the veracity of this particularly persistent rumor, she comes to understand how and why election cheating allegations are so sticky ..read more
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The Improvement Association - Ep. 2: ‘Where Is Your Choice?’
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by Serial Productions & The New York Times
3M ago
Zoe talks to people in the county who believe the Bladen Improvement PAC has been cheating for years. She tries to get beyond the rumors and into specifics, and comes face to face with the intense suspicion and scrutiny leveled against the organization. In the middle of another election, Zoe goes out with members of the PAC to watch how they operate and try to make sense of all these allegations against them ..read more
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The Improvement Association - Ep. 1: ‘The Big Shadoo’
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by Serial Productions & The New York Times
3M ago
Following a notorious case of election fraud in Bladen County, North Carolina, in 2018, the reporter Zoe Chace gets an invitation from Horace Munn, the leader of the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC, a Black political advocacy group whose name was dragged into the scandal. Horace asks Zoe to come down and investigate for herself and find out who is really cheating ..read more
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Nice White Parents - Ep. 5: ‘We Know It When We See It’
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by This American Life
3M ago
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 ..read more
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Nice White Parents - Ep. 4: ‘Here’s Another Fun Thing You Can Do’
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by This American Life
3M ago
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 ..read more
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Nice White Parents - Ep. 3: ‘This Is Our School, How Dare You?’
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by This American Life
3M ago
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 ..read more
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