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We revisit our May 2017 interview with Sarah Jaffe, and more Best of 2017 culture round ups. Sarah Jaffe, via Twitter  
Another mass shooting in Texas, Morning John on the Paradise Papers, and what happens when a business start-up expands into education. Photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of…
Jeff Abbott joins us to discuss Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ blatant corruption and the popular uprising against it. Also, Morning John on the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, and looking at Finland’s response to school shootings. Jeff Abbott, via Twitter  
Furen Dai is a Chinese born artist who currently lives and works in Boston. She spent years as a professional translator before deciding to pursue an art career that is inspired by cultural history and linguistics. She explores these disciplines via the medium of video, sound, sculpture, painting and collaboration. Dai received a Bachelor in Russian Language studies from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2010. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Management from Boston University. Since then she has received her Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in 2016. Past exhibitions include the 13th Athens Digital Arts Festival (Athens, Greece), The Feminist Opposition curated by Jessica Hong at Hera Gallery (Wakefield, RI), Now & After ’16 International Video Art Festival (Moscow, Russia), Intangible Threads at The Front Space (Rollinsford, NH), Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival at Talbot Rice Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Up/Rooted curated by María Magdalena Campos Pons at Brookline Arts Center (Brookline, MA). She has an upcoming show next month Gallery@Spencer Lofts (Chelsea, MA) and a residency at Elsewhere Museum (Greensboro, NC). Furen Dai was a recipient of the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Fellowship for her OMI Art Residency in upstate New York in 2017. All videos courtesy of Furen Dai
Kristina Kopic joins us to discuss a new study on the criminalization of children with mental illness. Also, it’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here! Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Rena Karefa-Johnson on anti-choice Dem candidates and DOJ targeting affirmative action; Jacqueline Soller on ‘Good Time’ starring Robert Pattinson; John Knefel on white resentment in the White House; sneak peak of Re-TROS BTR Live Studio session.
Terry Clower joins the show to discuss WalletHub’s recent ranking of the best- and worst-run cities in the United States.
Marty West joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the effects of test-based retention of 3rd graders in Florida.
Jeff Nazareno on K-pop and KCON; Charles Hinshaw on ‘War For The Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Lady Macbeth;’ preview of Brian Hill and the Noh Starrs on BTR Live Studio; Molly Knefel on Dept of Ed and “men’s rights”
Matthew Barr discusses his belief in moderation and discipline with video games, and why his study focused primarily on multiplayer games.
Matthew Barr joins the show to discuss his paper on how video games can help develop educational skills like communication, adaptability, and resourcefulness.
Michael Kirk on tonight’s Frontline documentary Bannon’s War, John on Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia, and Trump’s cuts to the education budget.     Photo credit: Twitter (@KDGKirk)
For our inaugural episode, we welcome Oriana Leckert and Matt Ruby. With the dawning of “free” four year college in New York State, we discuss the value of a college education, some of the…
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — takes a closer look at Betsy DeVos and the stances she’s begun to unveil in the weeks since her recent confirmation as Education Secretary. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — discusses how the new proposed budget recently released by the Trump Administration would drastically impact many vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of people, especially kids who currently benefit from funding for after-school programs. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
Trump’s budget proposal takes aim at after school, heating assistance, and Meals on Wheels, his new Muslim ban is blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii, and a Times op-ed challenges parents of white children to talk about racism. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
Dr. Preston Green on how charter schools are like Enron, a look at the latest round of weirdos hired by Trump, and the BBC family speaks. Photo credit: Preston Green (Twitter)
BTRtoday writer and podcaster Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss gender identity, common misconceptions therein, and the recent removal of federal protections of transgender students in schools.

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