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Emily Wilson is a freelance writer who teaches basic skills at City College of San Francisco.
The Problem with the 'Failing' Schools Label
Posted on: Sep 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The measures that lead to a school being designated"failing" can have little to do with what's actually happening in the classroom.
New Program Takes Rare Approach of Treating Homeless People Like Human Beings—And It Works
Posted on: Sep 2, 2015, Source: AlterNet
A new program moves homeless encampments into a safe, clean space with food, laundry, showers and case workers who care.
Why There Are High Rates of PTSD In This Teacher's Classroom
Posted on: Aug 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Children in some communities have higher rates of PTSD than veterans. Here's what one teacher is doing to help them thrive.
Actress Anna Deveare Smith Gives a Crash Course in the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Posted on: Jul 22, 2015, Source: Truthdig
Her latest show explores how poor minority kids are being pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system.
Why This Man Left His Hip Hop Group to Become a Cop
Posted on: Sep 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet
He thought about his decision for a long time, and in 2010 enrolled in the police academy.
'Pretty Much a Catastrophe': Anna Deavere Smith and the Disaster of the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Posted on: Jul 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The playwright takes to the Yerba Buena stage on July 17 to unmask zero-tolerance policies.
What Made the Chicago Teachers' Strike a Success? Their Commitment to the Community
Posted on: Apr 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The dramatically victorious strike showed it's possible for unions to fight back and to win.
Educators at Rural School Suspected of Targeting Native American Students for Harassment
Posted on: Feb 15, 2014, Source: AlterNet
California's Department of Education has agreed to investigate allegations of unfair treatment of Native American youth.
What It's Really Like to Be a Black Student at an Elite Private School
Posted on: Nov 19, 2013, Source: AlterNet
A conversation with the makers of the new documentary, 'American Promise.'
The Huge Growth of MOOCs Threatens America's Great Public University System
Posted on: Jun 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Online courses will create a two-tiered system, with the wealthy taking classes face-to-face and making social connections, and middle-class and poorer students learning remotely.
The Human Face of Student Debt: A Conversation With the Filmmakers of 'Default'
Posted on: May 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet
A documentary on the student loan crisis lends a much needed perspective on the cost of educational debt.
Listen, Whitey! Talking With Author Pat Thomas About the Black Panthers
Posted on: Mar 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet
The writer of a new book on Black Panther culture speaks on researching his project, Occupy, Huey Newton, and more
A Disappointing Daughter? Interview with Acclaimed Comic Shazia Mirza
Posted on: Oct 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Speaking with the Pakistani-British comedian about her journey from biochemistry to cracking jokes.
Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries: Talking with Vanessa Roth, Director of New Documentary "American Teacher"
Posted on: Sep 30, 2011, Source: AlterNet
A new documentary, narrated by Matt Damon and based on a book by Dave Eggers and Nínive Calegari, shows another facet of the troubles teachers in the US face.
Man Beats His Girlfriend With a Bullwhip and Molests Her Children -- And She Gets Life in Prison After He Is Killed?
Posted on: Aug 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Speaking with Debbie Peagler's lawyers and documentarian about getting her out of prison for a second chance.
Songs in the Key of Strife: Michael Rapaport on His New Documentary
Posted on: Jul 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The actor/director and Tribe member Phife Dog discuss "A Tribe Called Quest," a new documentary about the fabled rap group.
Turning Stories Into Communities: Interview with Playwright Anna Deavere Smith
Posted on: May 31, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The groundbreaking playwright speaks about her latest work.
Selling Out to Prove a Point: Morgan Spurlock on His New Film, 'POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold'
Posted on: Apr 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The 'Super Size Me' director discusses the making of his corporate-sponsored documentary about the nefarious presence of corporate sponsorship.
Politically Active Filmmaking: A Conversation with Director Jy-Ah Min
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet
How a former activist/organizer parlayed her politics and hip-hop background into a compelling 'remix' of Godard's 'Masculin/Feminin.'
Inside Job: Film Brings Us Face to Face with the People Who Nearly Destroyed Our Economy
Posted on: Nov 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Director Ferguson makes the case that the meltdown wasn't just an unfortunate accident, it was totally avoidable.
Portrait of a Jihadist: New Documentary 'The Oath' Reveals 'Human Side' of al-Qaeda
Posted on: May 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras discusses her new film about Salim Hamdan's brother-in-law, Abu Jandal, a Yemeni taxi driver who was Osama bin Laden's bodyguard.
'Precious': How a Film About an Obese Harlem Teenager Turned the Tables on Hollywood
Posted on: Nov 10, 2009, Source: DELETED
The success of this harrowing new movie undermines the conventional wisdom about what audiences want to watch.
Barbara Ehrenreich: The Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
Posted on: Oct 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet
The author talks about how a plague of positive thinking is permeating our society, from medicine to business, and is even contributing to our financial crisis.
Former Black Panther: "There Are Political Prisoners in America as Well"
Posted on: May 26, 2009, Source: AlterNet
What an Irish hunger striker and a former Black Panther can teach us about prisoner resistance.
How Compulsive Hoarding Can Threaten Your Health and Take Over Your Life
Posted on: Dec 9, 2008, Source: AlterNet
The inability to part with possessions is often a symptom of psychiatric disorder -- and it's on the rise in America.
Will Cities Soon Be Able to Feed Themselves?
Posted on: Oct 1, 2008, Source: AlterNet
A growing interest in urban farming is sprouting all kinds of new ideas -- including growing food in high-rises.
Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are
Posted on: Sep 17, 2008, Source: AlterNet
Rob Walker, author of a new book on consumer culture, explains how consumers embrace brands as part of their identities -- often without knowing it.
The Pornography of Power: Lust for Empire Has Weakened America
Posted on: Jul 24, 2008, Source: AlterNet
Veteran journalist Robert Scheer on the media's complicity in war, the rise of the neocons and how even Nixon got some things right.
"They Used Pat for Public Consumption, Just Like Jessica Lynch": An Interview with Mary Tillman
Posted on: May 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet
The official cover-up of football star-turned-soldier Pat Tillman's death by "friendly fire" has led his family on a four-year mission for justice.
"She Became the Poster Child for Torture": An Interview with "Standard Operating Procedure" Director Errol Morris
Posted on: May 16, 2008, Source: AlterNet
In his new documentary, Errol Morris revisits Abu Ghraib, asking tough questions about what was and wasn't revealed in those famous photographs.
Kenya in Translation: An Interview with Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Posted on: Mar 2, 2008, Source: AlterNet
Ngugi wa Thiong'o was imprisoned for writing in his own language. He speaks to AlterNet about the importance of language in battling oppression.
Self Help: $10 Billion for What?
Posted on: Feb 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet
Self-help is everywhere, but does it work? One writer immersed herself in the industry for a year to find out.
Iraq's Insurgents Are Ordinary People
Posted on: Jan 10, 2008, Source: AlterNet
A new film delves inside Iraqis' reasons for getting involved in the violent resistance movement.
The Commercialization of Christmas: What Would Jesus Buy?
Posted on: Nov 22, 2007, Source: AlterNet
A camera crew followed the Reverend Billy across the country as he preached against our shopping-hungry culture. His message is just in time for the holiday frenzy.
How the Luxury Industry Went the Way of McDonald's
Posted on: Sep 18, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Even a Louis Vuitton handbag isn't much different from a Big Mac.
Are Men Threatened by Funny Women?
Posted on: Sep 3, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Comedy isn't just about laughter -- it's about power.
One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding
Posted on: Jun 14, 2007, Source: AlterNet
Pre-World War II, many couples got married in clothes they already owned. Today, they spend thousands. In her new book, <i>One Perfect Day</i>, Rebecca Mead shows how the wedding industry became so powerful and who it has exploited in the process.
Taking on the Big Boys: Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business and the Nation
Posted on: May 31, 2007, Source: AlterNet
In her book, <i>Taking on the Big Boys</i>, Ellen Bravo shows that ordinary women can effect change, and when they do, everyone benefits.
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