Podcasts and education

Last week, after updating my phone to iOS 8, I noticed the Podcasts app is now a stock app. Since it was now staring at me in the face, I decided it would be a good time to start something I’ve wanted to do for a long time — actually listen to podcasts. It’s perfect too since my commute to work is about 30 minutes each way, so I can easily split a typical podcast into two sections (or even continue listening in the lab while working up a reaction). As of now, I’m addicted and will probably even add a section highlighting my favorite ones and episodes.

The first station that I recognized was “This American Life.” To be honest, I had not even heard of the program until this great entry in the Lifehacker How I Work series.1

The weekly episode happened to be, “A Not-So-Simple Majority.” It’s a particularly moving piece, documenting the unfortunate events surrounding a NY school district and the board’s incredible succumbence to conflicts of interest.

This topic really strikes a nerve for me as a budding educator, realizing that the children are the real victims in this situation. All politics and religion aside, it is incredibly saddening to see things like this take place at the cost of essential education.

I highly recommend giving the episode a listen if you haven’t already. I’d love to know your thoughts.

  1. I’m a huge fan of the How I Work series, by the way.

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