PRX Reviews: The One-Room School In The Twenty-First Century

November 29, 2006

The One-Room School in the Twenty-First Century

review by Emily Hanford for PRX (Nov. 17, 2006)

” This is an extraordinary program! I enjoyed it at every level. The program took me places I’d never been, introduced me to circumstances I’d never much considered, introduced me to people who made me think (and feel) about ideas and education in new ways. And I smiled and laughed and just thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

This is really just a gorgeous piece that is full of ideas yet moves so gracefully scene to scene, building a larger story from so many small ones, so many lovely details and sounds and characters. And it’s an important story. Don’t be fooled that the focus on one room schools makes this something quirky and small and on the sidelines of the big questions about education. This piece is all about some of the biggest questions facing education today – small schools versus large ones, the importance of relationships and mentoring, how schools reflect and connect their communities, how the daily details and little moments are often more significant than the large movements in education reform can capture or appreciate.

I recommend this program highly. I say… play this in your one hour special slot if you have one, play it/ repeat it over the holidays when you need GOOD programming to fill up your air while your staff takes a break from the daily grind.”

Listen to the program here


PRX Reviews: Durga’s Court

November 29, 2006

Durga’s Court

by Traci Tong for PRX (Nov. 15, 2006)

“Engaging 30-min. documentary that keeps you wanting to hear more. It’s the stories of Shabnam Ramaswamy that keep you listening and have you laughing from one minute to outraged the next. Ramaswamy was chosen to run an informal court in her small Indian village. She may not have the proper legal training but she commands respect from her villagers as well as listeners to this piece. There is no host cue and there is an interruption in the middle for station ident. But this is definitely worth airing during a weekend or evening news magazine programme.”

 Listen to the program here

PRX Reviews: New Orleans Christmas

November 29, 2006

New Orleans Christmas

by Michael Johnson for PRX (Nov. 17, 2006)

“A great hour of great Christmas muisc from New Orleans: bluesy, jazzy, and always uplifting, this hour is an absolute must for your holiday programming. Hosts Dan Storper & Rosaliw Howarth are a bit stiff at times, but they present a great hour of tunes all drawn from the PuTumayo CD compilation, “NEW ORLEANS CHRISTMAS”. Do your listeners a favor by airing this holiday treat a few times in the weeks before Xmas.”

 Listen to the program here