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Kevin Walsh interviews Badass Teacher's Association leaders Marla Kilfoyle, a high school social studies teacher from Long Island, and Melissa Tomlinson, a middle school math/special education teacher from New Jersey, who also received national attention in November 2013 when Governor Chris Christie shouted at her when she asked him a question. 

This interview follows Kevin's January 24, 2014 post:  Public Education Going the Way of Netscape Navigator? Common Core, Bill Gates and BATs

Topics include:  BATs exploding membership, What's in a name?, Common Core Standards, Addressing teacher Isolation, Post-Christie life for Melissa, Reaction of parents/colleagues, Creating a strong voice in the unions, Pleasant surprises, Current needs.

Background on the BATs:  In June, 2013, Mark Naison, a professor of African-American Studies at Fordham University, together with Priscilla Sanstead an education activist, formed the provocatively titled, “Badass Teacher’s Association”—a grassroots organization “for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning"

 

In 6 months, the group has grown to 36,000 members, and they’re not all teachers.  Parents, students, retirees and anyone who believes in the founding goals of public education has a found a voice in this dynamic group.

Direct download: Final_BATs_Show_Jan26.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 3:02pm EST

Film producer, Jason Potash, of Storyboard Entertainment shares his experiences adapting writer/director Maggie Kiley's feature film from a 2010 Tribeca-Winning short ("Some Boys Don't Leave" with Jesse Eisenberg) to a January 31, 2014 release of a feature after its successful run at the Austin Film Festival in October 2013.

Topics Include:

  • Some Boys Don’t Leave and the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
  • Maggie Kiley (How did you meet?
  • How does one fund an independent film?
  • How to lure quality actors for an indie?

          Allison Janney (CJ on West Wing, Juno)

          Peter Jacobson (Dr. Chris Taub on House)

          Clark Gregg (Agent Colson in The Avengers)

  • The festival process
  • Working with 15 high school students invited to come to New York to be extras
  • What does a producer do?
  • Upcoming release Beside Still Waters winner of the  Audience Award for Narrative Feature Film at Austin Film Festival
  • What’s next for Storyboard Entertainment?

 

Direct download: MMD_Jan20_2014_JasonPotash_Brightest.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:44pm EST

Kevin Walsh and Kale Davidoff discuss the hits and misses of the 2013 movie year.

Topics include:

  • Golden Globes vs. Oscars (Movies vs. Film)
  • The strong year for women (Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock)
  • Movies that are critically panned but do well.
  • Bombs
  • The Shawshank-Factor:  What will slip under the radar and become immortal?
  • Topics from our readers:  Quality (or overhype) of cable series like "Breaking Bad," favorite films and bombs, "Spring Breakers" and James Franco, dangers of ensemble casting ("American Hustle")
  • Predictions for 2014
Direct download: MMD_Jan12_2014_MovieYearReview_KaleDavidoff1.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:22pm EST

 

  • Kale’s more successful blog posts, including  Tales from the Michigan Diaspora
  • Living and working in Michigan
  • Sports and Michigan grit
  • What makes certain posts go viral?
  • Twitter vs. Facebook
Direct download: MMD_2013_01_08_KaleDavidoff.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

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