After years of working as a non-profit executive, primarily in educational institutions, Ed Boland decided to become an inner city high school teacher. In his new book, The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School, Boland tells the story of how his dream of making a difference became a nightmare […]
In order to face today’s complex challenges, it is essential that we create solutions that are just, healthy, and sustainable. In her new book, The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries, author Zoe Weil details how a humane education system can help create thoughtful solutions and a better world. Rafael Pi Roman speaks with Weil about […]
Perhaps no historical event has been discussed, written about, and sensationalized quite like the Salem Witch Trials. In her book The Witches: Salem 1692, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff details the hidden stories of the unbelievable historical event. Rafael Pi Roman speaks with Schiff about the cast of characters and events surrounding the trials, and why they have captivated our […]
With the recent water crisis in Flint, the importance of water has become a hot topic of conversation in the United States. However, in his new book, Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, entrepreneur Seth M. Siegel contends that we should always pay more attention to water. Rafael Pi Roman speaks with Siegel about Israel’s water innovation, how it can serve as a model for other countries, and the importance of not taking water for granted.
With little to no sanitation system and wild animals roaming the streets, Manhattan in the first half of the 19th century was far from the urban metropolis we know today. In her book, Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City, historian Catherine McNeur details life in Manhattan between 1815 and 1865, and the struggles that ensued in the effort to urbanize the city. Rafael Pi Roman speaks to McNeur about what life was like in Manhattan during this era.
Ex-mayor Bloomberg’s Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley discusses the role of the government in public health. Kevin Powell (a familiar face to those who watched MTV’s “Real World”) shares his lifelong struggle to overcome a legacy of poverty. And Executive Director of the New Renaissance Basketball Association Andy Borman explains how orange patches on kids’ sports jerseys fight gun violence.
As part of “Chasing The Dream,” the multi-platform public media initiative on poverty and opportunity in America, we’re joined by politician-turned-activist Christine Quinn to hear how she’s working to give homeless women and children a new start.
Authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis share the distinction of being two of the most important writers of the twentieth century, but they were also close friends, bonded by their shared experiences of the First World War and its aftermath. In his book, A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War, historian Joseph Loconte details the immense influence of the First World War on Tolkien and Lewis and the impact that it had on their respective literary works.
In his illustrated memoir I Was A Child, Bruce Eric Kaplan details his suburban upbringing with musings on his family, friends, and earliest memories. Rafael Pi Roman speaks to Kaplan about everything from his relationship with his parents to his obsessive love for television.