Meet the Press: Mica Soellner on the 2020 Election

Mica Soellner is a political reporter for the Appleton Post Crescent and the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin focusing on the 2020 presidential election. She travels the state to talk to voters, attend candidate visits and follow grassroots political activity across Wisconsin. She is also a contributor to PolitiFact Wisconsin where she fact checks Wisconsin's congressional delegation and state officials.

This was a pre-recorded episode on March 4, 2020 at KZSU Stanford. 

Guest: Mica Soellner

Host: Benjamin S. Woodford

Cohost: Emily Quiles

Elizabeth Kozleski on Inclusion and Special Education

Elizabeth Kozleski sat down to discuss her work in teacher training and special education. Her focus on transformative education and liberation pedagogy really helps paint a picture of where education can go and the power teachers have to make that change. We take a broad look at what happens in teacher empowerment and the philosophical understandings that might facilitate change.

Episode originally recorded on February 26, 2020 at KZSU Stanford. 

Guest: Elizabeth Kozleski

Host: Benjamin S. Woodford

Cohost: Emily Quiles

Associates: Bianca Al-Shamari, Ebbie Banks

Chris Thomas Advisor to the Education Global Practice at the World Bank

Christopher Thomas is an Advisor to the Education Global Practice at the World Bank. Prior to taking this position he was Lead Strategy Officer for the World Bank Group.  He has served as Advisor to the World Bank President’s Special Envoy, where his portfolio included the Sustainable Development Goals, Financing for Development, and relations with Multilateral Development Banks.

Episode originally aired on January 31, 2020 at KZSU Stanford. 

Guest: Chris Thomas

Host: Benjamin S. Woodford

Cohost: Emily Quiles

Associates: Bianca Al-Shamari, Ebbie Banks

Ingvi Ómarsson comes on to discuss his experience in education innovation.

Ingvi Ómarsson is an Icelandic educator working on studies here at the Graduate School of Education in Stanford. His views on creating change in the classroom come from personal experience as a teacher. Tune in to hear all about it and check out his website for more info:


Episode originally aired on September 27, 2019 at KZSU Stanford. 

Guest: Ingvi Ómarsson

Host: Benjamin S. Woodford

Cohost: Emily Quiles

Associates: Bianca Al-Shamari, Ebbie Banks


Michael Tomasello talks about the origin and development of human capabilities.

Michael Tomasello calls in for an informative hour helping us understand the development of our species and the capabilities we grow into along the way. His new book "Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny" develops deep insights into the human trajectory. Listen in and check out Tomasello's website:

Episode originally aired on October 25, 2019 at KZSU Stanford. 

Guest: Michael Tomasello

Host: Benjamin S. Woodford

Cohost: Diego Sierra


The Homeless Prenatal Program with Martha Ryan

In 1989, Martha Ryan founded Homeless Prenatal Program to provide free prenatal care to at-risk pregnant women. In that first year, HPP provided prenatal care to 72 women. Twenty-nine years later, HPP has a staff of 90 (half former clients) that serves 3,500 families annually. 

Episode originally aired on February 7, 2020 at KZSU Stanford. 

Guest: Martha Ryan

Host: Benjamin S. Woodford

Cohost: Emily Quiles

Associates: Bianca Al-Shamari, Ebbie Banks 

Raven Solomon talks about inter-generational understanding and balance

Special guest Raven Solomon visits the show to discuss her work with inter-generational equity and the value of diversity as a business asset. Her experience, insights, stories, and attitude, are a great lesson and her work is timely. Her book, "Leading Your Parents" can be found on her website.  Recorded live and originally aired on 90.1 FM KZSU Stanford on 1/31/2020.

Guest: Raven Solomon

Host: Benjamin S. Woodford

Cohost: Emily Quiles

Associates: Bianca Al-Shamari, Ebbie Banks.

Darren Kleinberg on a New Approach to Learning

Darren Kleinberg is an ordained rabbi and a holds a PhD in Religious Studies. He is currently serving in his seventh year as Head of School at Kehillah Jewish High School, in Palo Alto, CA, and is a Visiting Scholar with the Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Darren is currently thinking, teaching, and writing about the cultivation of wisdom in educational settings and is the author of Hybrid Judaism: Irving Greenberg, Encounter, and the Changing Nature of American Jewish Identity, an exploration of the intersection of sociology and theology through the prism of American Jewish identity construction.

Note: We apologize for the crackling at the beginning of the episode, we are all apart of the learning process.

Episode originally aired on 13 December 2019 at KZSU Stanford.


The Gift of Giving

It's the Christmas season, and yes, we used this as an excuse to talk about gifts. Dating back to our homo sapiens tendencies, we dig into the psychology of why we love to receive and give gifts. From material to nonmaterial, its just nice to be reminded, "Hey I love you." 

Originally aired on 6 December 2019 on 90.1FM KZSU Stanford.

Matt Bowman on Collaborating to Solve Thought Problems

Matt Bowman is the Executive Director of the Zephyr Institute – a community of scholars, students and professionals committed to understand trends of humanity. His work focuses on innovative technologies for education.

He holds a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley, explaining his love for the thoughtful art of historical philosophy. 

With his drive to connect to gain the bigger picture, he has also cofounded EdSurge, a news service for education entrepreneurs. His experience extends to Teach for America, writer for VentureBeat, and helped launch the Phaedrus Initiative, a nationwide network of inner-city learning schools.

This episode was originally aired on 22 November 2019 on 90.1 KZSU Stanford. 


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