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Hacking your Mind

 at 10 p.m. – Discover why it’s easy for politicians, marketers and social media companies to hack your mind, and find out how to hack your own mind to improve your life and the lives of your family and friends.

  • 9/30 – #104 – Find out why hacking for good may be the most important scientific discovery of this century, and learn how to hack your mind to improve your life and the lives of your family and friends.

Conversations About Education #104

  • 10/2 – #104 – RETURNING FROM COVID
    To say that COVID has turned the world of education upside down is an understatement. After introducing the topic, Helene speaks with a pair of RCSD students who have been working through this difficult time. We then move to the Mineola School District which has been recognized nationally for embracing computer and digital learning for many years. This approach put them in a much better position to cope with the sudden demands of COVID as we learn from Super indent Mike Nagler, the board chair, a teacher, student and parent. The panel discussion that follows focuses on the realities, challenges and opportunities that this moment in time presents. It is not a discussion about the day to day demands and accommodations that districts now face — and in this way, the discussion will remain timely regardless of what is specifically happening at the district level at the time of broadcast. The panel includes Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, Regent Wade Norwood, Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino, Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small, and Superintendent Terry Dade.

4 part series airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (repeats Sunday at 11 a.m.)


Conversations About Education #103

Lots of people talk about equity, but how does a district move from “talking the talk” to “walking the walk?” Moving from acknowledging that a culture of low expectations rooted in implicit bias holds students back — and then working to mitigate this bias, is the hard work of culture change. After introducing the topic, Helene speaks with students about equity and then we revisit the Albany City School District which, under the leadership of Superintendent Kaweeda Adams, has been actively working to mitigate bias and empower the student voice for years — starting with the board, right down to the maintenance staff. We hear from board members, parents, administrators and teachers about the ongoing work.  The panel discussion that follows includes Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, Regent Wade Norwood, Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small, Superintendent Terry Dade and Superintendent Mike Nagler


Conversations About Education #102

    The topic addresses the reality that there is a misplaced mindset among many that certain students, for a myriad of reasons, are incapable of truly succeeding and therefore the bar is set low for them. The segment starts with a short interview with a recent RCSD graduate who talks about what it feels like when your teachers don’t believe in your capacity to achieve. Helene then speaks to Mayor Lovely Warren about a personal experience she had with expectations being set low as a student at Wilson High School. After that conversation, we move to Roosevelt High School in Yonkers that completely changed their approach to learning with impressive results. We hear from Superintendent Edwin Quesada, the board chair, administrators, teachers and students about the changes in the school and the impact of the encouraging outcomes. The panel discussion that follows, including candid discussion that the role that implicit bias plays in setting expectations too low, includes Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, Mayor Lovely Warren, Distinguished Educator Jamie Aquino, Superintendent Terry Dade and Superintendent Michael Nagler of Mineola.

4 part series airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (repeats Sunday at 11 a.m.)


Learning from Costa Rico

Costa Rica has long been known among American tourists for its beautiful beaches, pristine rain forests, and comfortable, safe travel. Though surrounded by Central American nations grappling with economic and related gang problems, it is also a nation which stands out for having no defense budget. In Learning From Costa Rica, a new half hour documentary from Bob Gliner (Schools That Change Communities, Barefoot College) a diverse group of American educators travel to Costa Rica to find out how this unique change in budget priorities impacts their educational system and what they might learn that could transform the schools they work in back home. In the process, they come away with not only a different view of Costa Rica, but deep insights into their own motivations to confront challenges facing schools in the United States.

 airs 9/28 at 3:30 a.m

Under 4 Trees

A Zulu community in rural South Africa had no school and enlisted Nomusa Zikhali to create one, with only four trees to shelter the children as they begin their studies. UNDER FOUR TREES is also the story of Thuli and Siyabonga who share their dreams and how Mrs. Zikhali and the Nkomo Primary School influenced their lives. Mrs. Zikhali has successfully built an educational complex for 960 children that created a powerful and sustainable change in her Zulu community. This story shows the transformative power of education.


  • 9/22 at 8 p.m. #3211 – Discover how the pervasive racism of the time, particularly in the South, impacted women’s fight for the vote during the final years of the campaign. Stung by a series of defeats in 1915, the suffragists concentrated on passing a federal amendment.


Independent Lens

Independent Lens –

  • (#2112) – “One Child Nation” –airs 3/30 at 10 p.m. – China’s one-child policy forever changed the lives of mothers and children. Inspired by the birth of her first child, filmmaker Nanfu Wang returns to China to speak with her mother and brother, and explore the ripple effect of this social experiment.