Podcast Playlist (CBC): Best of 2016
If you’re overwhelmed by the number of podcasts out there, Podcast Playlist provides a compelling weekly mix of podcast excerpts around a theme. As you can see from this selection of their personal favorites from 2016, they do have a certain political bent — maybe because they’re Canadians.
Business Insider (article): An alarming new study says charter schools are America’s new subprime mortgages
Click-baity title (what isn’t these days?) but worth reading carefully. IMHO charter school policy already tends to face this problem of confusing and deficient oversight over schools of highly variable quality that are discrepant from public perception. To me, a clear recipe for fraud, abuse, and bloat, the very things school choice advocates complain about public school systems.
Constitution Daily (National Constitution Center): A New Look at America’s Founding
Panel discussion nicely summarizes and complicates the traditional story of the American Revolution and the formation of the Constitution.
I highly recommend How to Be Happy, a collection of sequential art by Eleanor Davis. Rarely does a work of art so pointedly and poignantly get at the anxieties and heartsickness currently prevalent among so much of us.
Code Switch (NPR): Hold Up! Time for an Explanatory Comma
Real talk with Hari Kondabolu about the frustrations minorities often suffer silently under their assumed obligations to enlighten the less woke (but well-meaning) people around them.
White Horse Inn: The Theology of Christmas Movies & Carols
A critical look at the subtext of some of our most popular and innocuous Christmas cultural artifacts.
Russell Moore often has a healthy stance on truly standing up for the Christian gospel in the midst of a seemingly Christian-ized culture