Ep. 46: #NerdFarmReads "We Gon' Be Alight" by Jeff Chang -- Hope Teague-Bowling, IWL and Kenny Coble, King's Books

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With Book Club Guests:

Hope Teague Bowling - ELA Teacher, Pod-Spouse, Interchangeable White Lady

Kenny Coble - Tacoma’s Book Seller, Avid Tweeter, Activist, INFJ

5:00 Why should we read this?

8:00 Is diversity for white people?

13:00 What is Jeff Chang’s story?

15:00 “We Got Be Alright” is a profound example of allyship. Discuss.

18:30 Where is the solidarity between all non-whiteness?

19:30 Colorism vs Racism

23:00 Discussing Chang’s voice as a writer.

“Not a single thing that happened in Ferguson would happen in a white community.”

31:00 The media doesn’t care about non-white stories. We can tell our own stories.

35:00 Jeff Chang: “[He’s] always most interested in how people see resegregation happening in their neighborhood.” Gentrification. Resegregation. Displacement.

42:00 “The fate of Brooklyn that tells us about the fate of Ferguson.”

47:00 How do you square this book with the idea that we have consistent black leadership in Tacoma?

48:00 “Should schools try integration based on factors like socio-economic status given the challenge using voluntary race-based measures?’

54:00 Chase Hutchinson “With the discussion in the book about the Oscars, what do you think is to be learned and what do you hope to see with both the films selected this year as well as the broader cinematic art that is to be told in the future?”

There could be something to finding forgiveness, to finding wholeness, to finding reconciliation.

The Socials: Suggested Twitter Follows

Hope Teague Bowling

Kenny Coble

Jeff Chang

Nikole Hannah Jones

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Ep. 45: So You Want To Run For Elected Office? -- Anders Ibsen, City of Tacoma and Andrea Cobb, Tacoma Schools

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This week’s guests talk with Nate about running for office and what life is like on the other side.

First up is Deputy Mayor, Anders Ibsen. Anders ran for office of Pierce County Conservation District in 2008 while finishing his senior year at Evergreen State College. He was elected to Tacoma City Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Ibsen is a native Tacoman and a graduate of Tacoma School of the Arts.

The second half of the show is dedicated to Andrea Cobb. Andrea is the current President of the Tacoma School Board. She has a BA is Sociology from Willamette University, Masters in Public Administration from University of Washington (Go Dawgs) and is currently working on a PhD in Education Leadership & Policy Studies. Andrea is also a Proud Lincoln Alum and second generation Abe.

Anders Ibsen:

“The only thing innate is desire. Everything else can be learned.”

11:00 Council District Boundaries.

13:00 How to get involved?

14:00 Getting Started.

16:00 How much to run? Where does the money from?

19:00 What seats are coming open?

22:00 What’s next for Anders Ibsen?

Andrea Cobb:

“If not me, then who?”

27:00 What were your hesitations?

30:00 What’s it like to campaign and raise money?

31:00 Being Legitimate. If you can’t find your space, take it.

35:00 Experience with the Op Ed Board

40:00 I try to live in a place where not everyone is having an experience that is the same as my own.

43:00 If you were the tsar of Tacoma Schools- what would be your focus?

The 5 with Andrea Cobb

  1. Favorite lunch spot in Olympia?

  2. Southern Kitchen or Uncle Thurms?

  3. Choose one song to listen to for the rest of you life?

  4. Favorite member of New Edition?

  5. When you bring folks from out of town, where do you take them?\

Going Further

People For The American Way

Front Line Leader Academy

The Socials

Anders Ibsen Twitter  

Housekeeping: Buy the fall #NerdFarmReads Book, We Gon Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang

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Ep. 44: On the Tacoma Teacher Strike -- A Special Pop-the-Trunk Podcast

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Tacoma teachers are currently at a labor impasse with the Tacoma School District. Because the school district has the home phone number and home email address for every family they serve, there's an information asymmetry. They can give families whatever information they choose to share or withhold and frame events in any way they see fit. Teachers don't get to tell their side of the story. So I decided to sit down with three local educators, right after they finished their first day on the picket-lines. They each shared why they voted to strike and why they find the most recent contract offers from the district unacceptable.

Our guests:

National Board Certified Teacher, Sara Ketelsen, Math

Interchangeable White Ladies show host, National Board Certified Teacher, Hope Teague-Bowling, English

Channel 253 contributor Cat Melaunie, a new kindergarten teacher 

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Ep. 43: The Left Case for the Second Amendment and a Well-Armed Citizenry with the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club

This week’s guests are three members of Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club: Nacim, Avenir, and Erik.

Nacim is an attorney and proud social justice warrior. We also had Black Lives Matter activist and civics enthusiast, Avenir. And Erik, a functional anarchist who has previously been involved with Occupy New York. The three men who come from vastly different backgrounds (North African immigrant, midwesterner, straight, gay…) have insightful opinions and interesting perspectives.

History Lesson: John Brown was a radical abolitionist. He and his sons armed a small rebellion of escaped slaves and freedmen by raiding a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry. Read the whole story! Oddly, they don’t seem to teach you much about him in school.

14:00 Gun abolition is dangerous--the state is not here to defend marginalized populations.

25:00 What does the John Brown Gun Club do?

27:00 How does the John Brown Gun Club really feel about the NRA?

31:00 How does PSJBC support Tacoma Against Nazis?

34:00 Is there space for persons of color to discuss firearms, learn how to use them, and maybe even shoot?

42:00 How do we navigate the conversation between gun owning and students asking for gun control?

 Members of the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club at a protest in Seattle this August, Source: Reddit

Members of the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club at a protest in Seattle this August, Source: Reddit

 

🌟 Show Contributor Cat’s Note: “I'm simultaneously heartened by their existence and baffled by the notion of being that free with firearms.”

 

The 5: Long Reads to shape Understanding

The Rifle on the Wall: a Left Argument for Gun Rights

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

 

Going Further:

Patriot Prayer (they’re awful)

Examples of Hate Symbols (14/88)

 

Follow the PSJBGC

Facebook

Twitter

 

Housekeeping: Buy the fall #NerdFarmReads Book, We Gon Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang

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Ep. 42: The NWDC, the Private Prison in Our Backyard, Part II: Follow the Money

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Note: the second half of this episode references the Thompson Group. Since recording, we've learned more about their long list of local clients. For more info check their website

In Part II of our look at Northwest Detention Center, we took an in-depth view at the politics of the Northwest Detention Center including a deep-dive at the political contributions of the Geo-Group and its lobbying firm.

Guests:

Tacoma Native, Erik Hanberg. Eric is the Co-Founder and Publisher of Channel 253, he is also the Commissioner of Metro Parks Tacoma.

Evelyn Lopez ran for mayor in 2017. She is the former Executive Director of Public Disclosure Commission. Evelyn was born in New Zealand and has become a Tacoman Transplant. For more with Ms. Lopez, check out Episode 11 of Nerd Farmer Podcast.   

Shannon McMinimee is Former General Council for Tacoma Public School, former Assistant Superintendent Yakima Public Schools, and current part-time Lecturer at University of Washington Tacoma.

 

Going Further:

Eminent Domain

Difference Between Welcoming City and Sanctuary City

Tideflats Subarea Plan

Jogger Detained for 2 Weeks after Accidentally Crossing into U.S. From Canada

13th Amendment

McCulloch V. Maryland

 

The Socials

PDC Website

True Tacoma Facebook

Evelyn Lopez Twitter

Eric Hanberg Twitter

Cedar Law PLLC

Shannon McMinimee Twitter

 

Housekeeping:

Housekeeping: Buy the fall #NerdFarmReads Book, We Gon Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang

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Ep. 41: The NWDC, the Private Prison in Our Backyard, Part I

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In part one of our deep dive into The Northwest Detention Center, we had a conversation with Lewis Kamb and Monserrat Padilla.

The NWDC, a detention center created to hold undocumented migrants, is the largest private prison in the State of Washington. NWDC is privately owned by the corporation, GEO Group. GEO Group has more than 200 facilities that include both immigration prisons and privately operated prisons.

This week’s guests are Lewis Kamb and Monserrat Padilla. Lewis is an investigative journalist who currently writes for Seattle Times. His previous credits include Seattle PI and Tacoma News Tribune. Monserrat is the Coordinator for Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network. Monserrat has been an LGBTQ Immigrant Coordinating Director, the program coordinator for  QUIP (Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project) for United We Dream.   

 

Going Further:

Lewis Lamb's NWDC article

Washington Immigration Solidarity Network

Jay Inslee Legal Defense Fund for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Priorities for Deportation

 

Socials:

Monserrat Twitter

Lewis Kamb Twitter

Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network Facebook

Housekeeping: Buy the fall #NerdFarmReads Book, We Gon Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang

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Ep. 40: Reading, Writing, Math, and Social Emotional Learning -- Professor Claude Steele, Stanford University & Danielle Gonzalez, Aspen Institute

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Housekeeping: Buy the fall #NerdFarmReads Book, We Gon Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang

This week the pod takes on Social Emotional Learning in schools. Danielle Gonzalez of the Aspen Institute begins the podcast with her perspective on SEL and why we must teach it. She also delves into the danger of "systematic whitening" of students of color and where the national policy conversation on SEL is headed.

Next up, author and professor, Claude Steele, gives an overview of Stereotype Threat with a few ways to combat it. Professor Steele’s book Whistling Vivaldi centers around anecdote about a man-of-color whistling Vivaldi in public spaces. Steele also discussed the impact of the disproportionate ratio of white females teaching to students of color and the need for Social Emotional Learning in school.

2:00 What is Social Emotional Learning and why do we teach it in schools?

4:00 Aspen Institute convenes state superintendents to talk about leadership and disparities between white and black students. Implicit bias, interpersonal relationships, black and white students experience the world differently. See the Aspen Report here.

9:00 Is SEL a way to systematically “whiten” students of color?

12:00 Stereotype threat and the meaning behind Whistling Vivaldi.

15:00 Academic Beat of Professor Steele: What do you do?

17:30 Professor Steele explaining SEL from his perspective.

22:00 Teacher diversity and the correlation of Social Emotional Learning

“The opportunity to see yourself… in a leadership turns out to be important in the success students have.”

25:00 Professor Steele’s take on historical events that led to teachers being so homogeneously white and female. How should we develop trust between students and teachers of any color.

29:00 What should school systems do to support students social-emotional needs?

33:00 Who do you see and who have you seen do this well?

35:00 What do you [Professor Steele] wish the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, understood about Social Emotional Learning?

 

Going Further:

Aspen Institute

claudesteele.com

Stereotype Threat

Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude Steele

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Ep. 39: A World Cup Wrap-up and the State of US Soccer--at least the Women are Good, right?

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A reminder our #NerdFarmReads Fall Book is "We Gon’ Be Alright" by Jeff Chang. Buy it, read it, tweet about it using #NerdFarmReads. We’ll record in the fall.

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet. Every four years billions of people worldwide tune in to watch their national teams (adopted or otherwise) compete for the most important title in sports. The month-long tournament just wrapped up. On this episode, Nate sat down with Steven Ketelsen and Kevin Zamira, two of the hosts of the Flounders B Team. Flounders B Team is a South Sound soccer podcast on the Channel 253 Podcast Network.

We discussed the cultural divisions within US soccer: “suburban & mainly white (cargo shorts)” versus “urban & mainly Latinx and African immigrant” and how it harms the growth and development of the sport in our county.

We also discussed the US failure to qualify for this World Cup. Coaching is the number one reason, but there are problems at the core. Future pod guest Matt Pentz’s Own Goal is required reading for this conversation.

We then discussed problems with player development and what Nate dubbed “the Lost Generation of USMNT Players.”

We wrapped up a discussion of about the final. 

 

Extra Credit & For Reference

Panama Announcers at World Cup -- just watch the pride

American Fiasco by Roger Bennett -- a podcast series about the 1998 World Cup mentioned by Steve

Matt Pentz’s Own Goal on the Ringer -- Why we didn’t qualify in 2018

America’s Youth Development Gap

 

The Socials

Steve on the socials

Kevin on the socials

The Flounders B Team on the socials

*Note: During the 5 Nate didn’t have the heart to tell Steve on-air that @SoccerByIves is Jersey-based, but follow him for good Peruvian food recs anyway

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Ep. 38: Wait. Is Kent Really Asking Students and Families to Send Toilet Paper to School???

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Housekeeping: Buy the fall #NerdFarmReads Book, We Gon Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang

Kent is a school district located south of Seattle that serves 26,000 students and employs 3,400 people. Layoffs were announced this spring and teachers are fleeing in droves. It may be summertime, but we decided to get to the bottom of the sitch in Kent.

Guests: KNKX Youth and Education Reporter, Ashley Gross and 2018 Puget Sound Regional Teacher of the Year and 15-year teaching veteran, 6th Grade Teacher, Denisha Saucedo

5:00 Nate kicks off the show with an anecdote he’s heard about the laying-off of Kent’s entire I.T. department

10:00 What is the McCleary Decision? What is a Title I School? And what do they have to do with all of this?

19:00 Kent’s finances are especially messy. Ashley Gross explained, how unusual is it to borrow from the Capital budget and/or the Rainy Day fund?

23:00 Denisha discusses the impact of the budget situation on her students, especially her level of access to technology.

28:00 Denisha and Ashley bat around their perspectives on the level of culpability of the School Board versus the Superintendent

32:00 **Nate conflict of interest disclaimer** re: The Broad Foundation

34:00 What’s the “Geographic Footprint of Kent Schools”?

38:00 What are some solutions (spoiler: there aren’t many)?

41:00 Who should the audience follow if they want to know more about what’s happening in Kent?

The 2:

  1. Denisha: Where is that necklace from?

  2. Ashley: Favorite Pho Joint? (Mekong Bar, 4th & Vine)

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Denisha's Necklace

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Ep. 37: "Tell Nate to..." Summer Recs for Music, Movies, and Memoirs with Dave Jones, Katy Evans, and Kenny Coble

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This week’s guests are local experts on books, films, and music. We hear from Katy Evans who works for The Grand Cinema (the local arthouse theater.) We get music recs from hip hop head, local podcaster, realtor, and ex-educator Dave Jones. And we learn what we should be reading from our only four-time-show-guest Kenny "I have a lot of opinions" Coble of King’s Books.

We started the show with a reminder about the fall #NerdFarmReads Book Club: We Gon' Be All Right by Jeff Chang: buy it, read it, tweet about it using #nerdfarmreads

 

Katy on Flicks

9:30 The Rider from Chloé Zhao

21:00 Sorry To Bother You

33:00 God's Own Country

35:00 The Handmaiden

43:00 Atomic Blonde

 

Dave Jones on Music

15:00 Phonte, If you like Jay-Z 4:44

26:00 Khruangbin

31:00 Black Panther Hot Take

38:00 Stimulator Jones

 

Kenny Coble on Good Reads

18:00 Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett

18:00 So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

28:00 Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

39:00 There, There by Tommy Orange

46:00 Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

 

The Hot Take 5:

  1. What’s the first thing you read in the morning? (Dave Jones)

  2. Found Adult Read? (Kenny Coble)

  3. Best Brunch in the city? (Katy Evans)

  4. Are you messing with Kanye's new album? (Dave Jones)

  5. Favorite Action Flick? (Kenny Coble)

 

Going Further

What did Kanye do?

Ralph Marston Daily Motivator

Alma Mater

Black Panther IMDB

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

Socials:

Katy Nicoud Twitter

iDaveJones Twitter

Tha Deacon Twitter

Kenny Coble Twitter

Tha Deacon IG

 

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Ep. 36: Helping Students of Color Navigate College Campuses -- Dr. Chassity Holliman-Douglas, Evergreen State College

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Dr. Holliman Douglas is a Washington transplant by way of Tennessee to Kentucky. She holds degrees from Western Kentucky and Murray State University as well as a doctorate in Ed Leadership and Policy Studies from Eastern Kentucky University. She is the first person to hold this position at the college because the students wanted it, needed it, and asked for it.  She completely believes in a liberal arts education and wholeheartedly believes her (currently unborn) child will attend one, when the time comes.

12:00 What is happening in K-12 that isn’t happening in college? A discussion surrounding equity gaps, female students, historically marginalized students teach them about their future and possibilities.  How should K-12 and Secondary Ed have a conversation?

16:00 Given what’s happening with demographics, how should university prepare for the new generation of students?

21:00 Why is it so difficult for universities to create spaces?

22:00 What should the university role in helping shape our political future moving forward?

28:00 A deep dive into student retention at the college level and the factors that impact it.

33:00 What is service learning and where is it shown in Evergreen and Washington, as a state?

38:00 A conversation surrounding the ratio of faculty of color to students of color.

 

The 5.1

  1. Solid Book Recommendation?

  2. Favorite Restaurant in town?

  3. If you had absolute freedom, what crazy, kooky program would you put together?

  4. Netflix Recommendation of the moment?

  5. Give me a TV you enjoy?

  6. How did you fall in love with New Edition?

 

Books

The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management

Don't Touch My Hair!  

 

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Ep. 35: Man, You Can't Out Wonk Denny -- Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10)

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Congressman Denny Heck is a Greener, author, film-buff, and the representative of the 10th Congressional District. His top priorities are growing jobs, growing economy, and feeding the American Dream. He serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and has strong thoughts about housing policy.

5:00 What are the primary  concerns of your constituents?

10:00 What message do the national Democratic Party have for places like Elkhart, IN and Shelton, WA?

13:00 When we vote for a Republican we get a tax-hating, abortion restricting, deregulating, gun-loving conservative. What do we get when we vote Democrat?

16:00 A realistic view of what could or might happen after midterm elections...

17:00 How housing affordability and experiencing homelessness are influencing the country and economic turns.

23:00 Do you think there’s hope for an actual bipartisan infrastructure plan soon or in the long-term?

26:00 What does tribal sovereignty look like in 2018 and the future?

29:00 Regarding recent moves by the Trump Administration: is it odd to pull out of a negotiated deal with Iran on the eve of an impending negotiation with North Korea?

32:00 What do Republicans say to you (when no one else is listening) about say about the current state-of-affairs?

34:00 Opinions on reducing the role of Gerrymandering.

Listener Questions

35:00 What should happen between now and November to prevent foreign intervention in our elections?

38:00 Why is the disposition with the house? What’s up with David Nunez?

43:00 What’s the worst case scenario/long term trajectory with respect to the tax bill and the wealthy?

48:00 Where are we nationally on the issue of marijuana?

51:00 What’s your philosophy on engaging with constituents?

53:00 Thoughts on Net Neutrality? How do you think the FCC and the courts will handle it?


 

The 5 (ish)

  1. Greatest Movie Ever Made?

  2. If you weren’t a member of congress, what would you be doing?

  3. How do you pass the time on flights?

  4. What was your first book about?

  5. Is there a teacher out there you’d like to thank from your childhood?

  6. Do you have a favorite summer break memory?


 

Going Further

Denny Heck Online

Find Your Representative

 

The Socials

Twitter

Email Denny Heck

 

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