MetroFocus Full Episode: Approaches to Saving Failing Schools, Yoani Sánchez, New York’s New Genome Center

April 03, 2013 at 10:02 am

In this edition of MetroFocus, we take an inside look at different approaches to saving failing schools.

The New York Times reporter Liz Robbins and video journalist Emma Cott take us to what was Adlai E. Stevenson High School in the Bronx. The building now houses nine separate small schools.

Rafael Pi Roman interviews Mary Conway-Spiegel, founder of a new organization called Partnership for Student Advocacy that is raising funds and awareness for closing schools in New York City.

NJ Today managing editor Mike Schneider talks to David Kirp, Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and Author of “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools,” a study of the successful programs that revitalized Union City, New Jersey’s public schools.

Yoani Sánchez, a Cuban blogger famous for her blog Generation Y talks to Rafael Pi Roman in one of the few interviews conducted while Sanchez visited the United States. Sánchez was allowed to leave Cuba for the first time since beginning her blog that chronicles the daily lives of Cubans. She collected the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from the Columbia University School of Journalism. In her interview with Pi Roman, she talks about finding a way to distribute her writing on the internet, freedom of the press and her plans to return to Cuba despite the harassment she’s suffered there.

The president and scientific director of the soon-to-open New York Genome Center, Dr. Robert Darnell, tells Pi Roman about the Center’s new home in midtown Manhattan and the scientific frontier that will be explored there.

And we’ll show you the Sweater Tree of Hell’s Kitchen. After you meet the creators, you’ll want to find out more in our web extras online.

Watch the individual MetroFocus segments below and stay up to date on MetroFocus news from the New York region on Twitter.


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