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Freedom Writers Podcast

79 episodes - English - Latest episode: 19 days ago - ★★★★★ - 71 ratings

Podcast by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

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#56 Danny DeVito: Sharing Success and Empowering Everyone

November 10, 2020 08:00 - 45 minutes - 57.6 MB

On today's episode, Erin speaks with actor, director, producer and activist Danny DeVito. Danny discusses the roles that have defined his career and the projects that have allowed him to shape lives. Danny's story is a testament to the importance of charity, generosity and compassion, and we hope this conversation leaves you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

#55: The Legacy of the Armenian Genocide w/ Nare Garibyan

October 26, 2020 07:00 - 44 minutes - 54.4 MB

On this episode, Erin speaks with educator and activist Nare Garibyan about the horrific Armenian genocide, and the lasting impact of the genocide 105 years later. Nare discusses how the Armenian diaspora work to support genocide education and recognition, and why many countries still do not acknowledge the Armenian genocide. This is a highly complex and controversial topic, but regardless of your political leanings, we hope you are able to hear the pain and anguish in Nare’s story and stand ...

#54 Tess Holliday: #EffYourBeautyStandards

October 12, 2020 07:00 - 1 hour - 73.7 MB

In this episode, Erin Gruwell is joined by world renowned model and body positivity activist, Tess Holliday. Tess shares her experiences growing up in a small Mississippi town while dealing with the trauma of body shaming and bullying. She also shares what it was like navigating a heinous act of violence against her mother and how she overcame those obstacles to chase her dreams. Today she's best known for her body positivity movement known by the hashtag #EffYourBeautyStandards. We hope this...

#54: Tess Holliday - #EffYourBeautyStandards

October 12, 2020 07:00 - 1 hour - 73.7 MB

In this episode, Erin Gruwell is joined by world renowned model and body positivity activist, Tess Holliday. Tess shares her experiences growing up in a small Mississippi town while dealing with the trauma of body shaming and bullying. She also shares what it was like navigating a heinous act of violence against her mother and how she overcame those obstacles to chase her dreams. Today she's best known for her body positivity movement known by the hashtag #EffYourBeautyStandards. We hope this...

#53 Patrick Dempsey: Dealing With Dyslexia

September 28, 2020 07:00 - 48 minutes - 61.4 MB

In this episode, Erin Gruwell speaks with actor and activist, Patrick Dempsey. Patrick speaks about what it was like to grow up with a learning disability, and the steps that he hopes educators can use to make their classrooms more accessible to all students. This interview was originally broadcast as part of the Freedom Writers Foundation's Toast for Change fundraiser. To watch that broadcast or to donate to the Freedom Writers Foundation, please visit: https://bit.ly/36cQhjK

#52: Democracy (In One Podcast or Less) w/ David Litt

September 14, 2020 13:38 - 59 minutes - 75.8 MB

In today’s show, Erin is joined by author and former White House speechwriter, David Litt. David’s new book, Democracy in One Book for Less, was released earlier this summer, and humorously discusses the ways in which American democracy has changed since its founding and how we can work together to fix the problems in our democracy today. This vivacious discussion comedically covers many aspects of our democracy that David feels were glossed over in his history classes. Check out David’s new...

#51: #BlackLivesMatter w/ Original Freedom Writers Tye and Shanate

August 31, 2020 07:00 - 57 minutes - 52.6 MB

In this episode, join Erin Gruwell as she a courageous conversation with two original Freedom Writers, Tye Leggins and Shanate Jones. They share their experiences as African-American parents, activists and veterans living during the age of #BlackLivesMatter. The episode concludes with Dr. Robert Hill, the Vice President of Student Services at Everett Community College. Dr. Hill shares with us his perspective as an African-American educator, and his hopes for a bright future ahead for all stud...

#50: The State of Education w/ California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

August 17, 2020 07:00 - 40 minutes - 57.9 MB

On this episode, Erin speaks with California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. In this episode She asks Tony how he handles the daunting task of leading over 10,000 schools and 6 million students back to some semblance of a classroom amidst a global pandemic; waves of peaceful protest and civil unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor; and the passing of legendary civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis.

COVID-19 Special Episode 6: Healing From Hurting 2

June 29, 2020 07:00 - 52 minutes - 48.5 MB

In the midst of widespread protests and civil unrest following the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the hands of four now-charged police officers, Freedom Writers felt compelled to rally together for a "town hall" style live broadcast we're calling "Healing from Hurting." Having come together once before in the aftermath of the LA Riots sparked by the Rodney King verdict in 1992, Freedom Writers again join together to share their unique perspective, hopes, and fears...

COVID-19 Special Episode 5: Healing From Hurting

June 15, 2020 07:00 - 49 minutes - 67.7 MB

In the wake of widespread protests and civil unrest following the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis Minnesota at the hands of four now-charged police officers, Freedom Writers felt compelled to rally together for a "town hall" style live broadcast we're calling "Healing from Hurting." Having come together in the aftermath of the LA Riots that precipitated from the Rodney King verdict in 1992, Freedom Writers join together to share their unique perspective, hopes, and fears as histo...

COVID-19 Special Episode 4: In the Halls of Congress (w/ Congressman Steny Hoyer)

June 01, 2020 07:00 - 35 minutes - 49.2 MB

In this new episode of our Freedom Writers Podcast COVID-19 mini-series, listeners will be inspired by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. During the COVID-19 crisis, Congressman Hoyer and his colleagues on Capitol Hill are working hard to protect everyone from this terrible disease. Congressman Hoyer takes us back to his early life to explain his path to becoming an influential public policymaker. He shares how he turned his pain into purpose after the death of his wife, a fellow teacher name...

COVID-19 Special Episode 3: On the Bright Side (w/ Steve Hartman)

May 04, 2020 13:51 - 1 hour - 85.5 MB

In this new episode of our Freedom Writers Podcast COVID-19 mini-series, listeners will be uplifted by the amazing stories covered by reporter, Steve Hartman. During the COVID-19 crisis, Steve and his family are producing "Kindness 101," an educational series where Steve transforms from a reporter into a teacher. Using segments from Steve's career at CBS News, "Kindness 101" aims to teach children stuck at home during the pandemic important values such as courage, optimism, and altruism. Erin...

COVID-19 Special Episode 2: In the Field (w/ CNN's Gary Tuchman)

April 20, 2020 07:00 - 55 minutes - 75.6 MB

In this new episode of our Freedom Writers Podcast COVID-19 mini-series, listeners will get a behind the scenes look into the journalism world from Gary Tuchman, a 30 year CNN veteran reporter. Gary recounts some of his most impactful memories from his time at CNN, and shares some stories from the field as he continues to cover the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Whether it be at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, a battlefield in Afghanistan and Iraq, or an erupting volcano in Iceland...

COVID-19 Special Episode 1: On the Front Lines (w/ Freedom Writers Calvin Vanderhoff & Norma Bravo)

April 06, 2020 07:00 - 54 minutes - 90 MB

In this new Freedom Writers Podcast mini-series, listeners will get first hand accounts from the professionals addressing the Coronavirus / COVID-19 crisis. In this episode, registered nurse (and original Freedom Writer) Calvin Vanderhoff shares his horrifying experiences from the front lines of the battle against this deadly disease. These stories are gritty and horrifying, but will give you greater insight into the gravity of the current public health emergency. After Calvin, you'll hear fr...

#49 Esther Wojcicki: TRICKs for Raising Successful People

March 23, 2020 07:00 - 1 hour - 116 MB

On this episode, Erin speaks with an extraordinary mother, a prolific author, and award winning educator Esther Wojcicki. With the release of her acclaimed second book, How to Raise Successful People, Esther parallels her parenting skills from her home with her teaching tactics from her classroom. This award winning Journalism teacher and former California Teacher of the Year, has good reason to write about raising and teaching successful people. Listen to this enlightening episode to get som...

#48 Jane Elliott: How Discrimination Feels

March 09, 2020 07:00 - 54 minutes - 89.7 MB

On this episode, Erin speaks with educator and anti-racism advocate Jane Elliott about her seminal “Blue Eye / Brown Eye” exercise with her third grade students in Riceville, Iowa. Jane discusses how the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr inspired her to educate her students about the effects of racism and how she has made it her life’s mission to encourage others to see only one race - the human race. Following Erin’s conversation with Jane Elliott, original Freedom Writer, Tanya Payne, expl...

#47 From Playing Miep Gies to Disney's Ursula w/ Pat Carroll

February 24, 2020 08:00 - 44 minutes - 72 MB

On this episode, Erin speaks with actress Pat Carroll about her role as Miep Gies in the 2007 feature film, Freedom Writers. Pat discusses what it was like to portray such a renowned character, gives insight into her job as an actor, and explores her infamous role as Ursula in The Little Mermaid. Following Erin’s conversation with Pat Carroll, original Freedom Writer, Narada Comans, reflects on the significance of Miep Gies visiting the Freedom Writers at Wilson High School, and how the Freed...

#46 Steal a Pencil for Me: The Power of the Pencil w/ Margrit Polak

February 10, 2020 08:00 - 43 minutes - 76.3 MB

On our first episode of 2020, Erin speaks with the co-founder of Anne Frank LA and owner of the boutique talent management firm, Margrit Polak Management, Margrit Polak, whose parents fell madly in love during World War II while imprisoned at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Margrit offers insight into the lives of Holocaust survivors both during and after the war and speaks about the culture of silence which prevented many Holocaust survivors from sharing their stories after the war. After ...

#45 Jinahie: How to Express Your True Self Through Spoken Word

December 02, 2019 11:00 - 43 minutes - 71.5 MB

On our final episode of 2019, Erin talks with an innovative performance artist named Jinahie; a decorated and passionate educator, Dr. Precious Simonette; and her award-winning slam poet proteges, the “Viking Freedom Writers”. With grace and humility, our guests share some of their most personal stories and heartfelt poems, and discuss the beauty of self-expression through spoken word. Show Notes: Jinahie: www.janahie.com Invite a Freedom Writer to your organization: http://www.freedomwr...

#44 Gary Soto: Using Words to Bring Others Out of the Shadows

November 18, 2019 11:00 - 49 minutes - 80.2 MB

On this episode, Erin talks with renowned author, poet, and playwright, Gary Soto. With wisdom and wit, Gary recounts the academic struggles of his youth, his discovery of great poets and authors, and how he ultimately found his own life calling as an author with over 40 published works. Together they explore the writing process and delve into the themes, images, and metaphors in Gary’s work. This is an instructive and inspiring episode that will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to...

#43 Rosalind Wiseman: Mean Girls, Masterminds, and the Realities of Adolescence

November 04, 2019 11:00 - 42 minutes - 78.6 MB

On this episode, Erin talks with acclaimed author and educator Rosalind Wiseman. Rosalind explains the importance of involving teenagers in the analysis of their social lives, explores the over-simplification of teens’ complex problems, and illuminates how we can create cultures of dignity within our classrooms and communities. Rosalind’s insights into the social systems of teenagers are relevant to parents and educators alike, and will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a di...

#42 Learning to Smile Again After Trauma, with Mohamed Sidibay

October 21, 2019 10:00 - 40 minutes - 55.9 MB

Erin shares her conversation with Mohamed Sidibay, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone who is now a peace activist and advocate for human rights. Mohamed tells the story of his abduction by the Revolutionary United Front and the four and a half brutal years he spent in captivity. He also explains how he ultimately overcame the hardships of his past, immigrated to America, and now provides legal counsel to women and children on the U.S./Mexico border. Mohamed’s story is an enduring exampl...

#42: Learning to Smile Again After Trauma, with Mohamed Sidibay

October 21, 2019 10:00 - 40 minutes - 55.9 MB

Erin shares her conversation with Mohamed Sidibay, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone who is now a peace activist and advocate for human rights. Mohamed tells the story of his abduction by the Revolutionary United Front and the four and a half brutal years he spent in captivity. He also explains how he ultimately overcame the hardships of his past, immigrated to America, and now provides legal counsel to women and children on the U.S./Mexico border. Mohamed’s story is an enduring exampl...

#41 Connie Chung: Journalism and the Art of Seeking Truth

October 07, 2019 10:00 - 39 minutes - 72.5 MB

Erin talks with news anchor and renowned reporter Connie Chung about the role of journalism in affecting societal change and how to seek truth in all aspects of our lives. Connie discusses the challenges she faced throughout her career, why curiosity is the key to good journalism, and how journalism should be used to shine a light on truth. Erin and Connie also reflect on the life-changing experiences they shared when Connie covered the Freedom Writers’ story on ABC’s PrimeTime Live in 1998. ...

#40 Freedom Writers Round-Table: Why People Connect to Gritty Stories

September 23, 2019 10:00 - 39 minutes - 72.4 MB

This episode celebrates the television launch of our long-awaited documentary, “Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart.” You’ll hear from the dynamic director and producer, Don Hahn, and a panel of four Freedom Writers who are featured in the film -- Sue Ellen Alpizar, Mauricio Tony Becerra, Latilla Cain, and Narada Comans. By telling their stories in the documentary, the Freedom Writers are putting faces to what were once anonymous diary entries in a book or characters in a movie. In doing...

#5 Freedom Writer 20/20: Passing the Torch to the Next Generation

September 07, 2019 10:00 - 29 minutes - 53.5 MB

Discover the Freedom Writers’ impact in the twenty years since the original publication of The Freedom Writers Diary. What is the Freedom Writers’ legacy? How are they passing the torch to the next generation? And what can we do to carry it forward for the next twenty years, and beyond? Find out on the final episode of Freedom Writer 20/20. LINKS: Buy your copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Freedom Writers Diary: https://tinyurl.com/y5p8w4ut Enter the Freedom Writers Diary Giveawa...

Freedom Writer 20/20 Part V: Passing the Torch to the Next Generation

September 07, 2019 10:00 - 29 minutes - 53.5 MB

Discover the Freedom Writers’ impact in the twenty years since the original publication of The Freedom Writers Diary. What is the Freedom Writers’ legacy? How are they passing the torch to the next generation? And what can we do to carry it forward for the next twenty years, and beyond? Find out on the final episode of Freedom Writer 20/20. LINKS: Buy your copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Freedom Writers Diary: https://tinyurl.com/y5p8w4ut Enter the Freedom Writers Diary Giveawa...

#4 Freedom Writer 20/20: The Power of Storytelling to Heal Hearts

September 06, 2019 10:00 - 29 minutes - 54.1 MB

Explore how hearts can mend, how healing can take place after years of trauma, and how Erin and the Freedom Writers created a safe space for wounded healers to write their truths and share their stories with the world. How do the Freedom Writers support each other through sensitive, painful experiences? And how can their examples of unconditional love bring more light to our lives? Find out on Freedom Writer 20/20: Wounded Healers. LINKS: Buy your copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of The...

Freedom Writer 20/20 Part IV: The Power of Storytelling to Heal Hearts

September 06, 2019 10:00 - 29 minutes - 54.1 MB

Explore how hearts can mend, how healing can take place after years of trauma, and how Erin and the Freedom Writers created a safe space for wounded healers to write their truths and share their stories with the world. How do the Freedom Writers support each other through sensitive, painful experiences? And how can their examples of unconditional love bring more light to our lives? Find out on Freedom Writer 20/20: Wounded Healers. LINKS: Buy your copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of The...

#3 Freedom Writer 20/20: Connecting the Dots from the Past and the Present

September 05, 2019 10:00 - 26 minutes - 49.5 MB

Erin and the Freedom Writers provide an exclusive sneak peek of their new stories in the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Freedom Writers Diary. They illuminate the most iconic Freedom Writer moments and reveal how they are still growing and healing. How have the Freedom Writers evolved since Room 203? How do they connect the dots between the original book and their new stories? And what can we learn from their growth? Find out on the latest installment of Freedom Writer 20/20. LINKS: Buy yo...

Freedom Writer 20/20 Part III: Connecting the Dots from the Past and the Present

September 05, 2019 10:00 - 26 minutes - 49.5 MB

Erin and the Freedom Writers provide an exclusive sneak peek of their new stories in the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Freedom Writers Diary. They illuminate the most iconic Freedom Writer moments and reveal how they are still growing and healing. How have the Freedom Writers evolved since Room 203? How do they connect the dots between the original book and their new stories? And what can we learn from their growth? Find out on the latest installment of Freedom Writer 20/20. LINKS: Buy yo...

#2 Freedom Writer 20/20: Recreating the Magic of Room 203

September 04, 2019 10:00 - 26 minutes - 49.5 MB

On this episode, get an inside look into the collaborative writing process for twenty new stories in the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Freedom Writers Diary. How did Ms. G and the Freedom Writers organize their ideas, decide on topics and authors, and move the puzzle pieces around to find the bigger picture? Can they recreate the magic of Room 203 after twenty years? Find out on the newest installment of Freedom Writer 20/20. LINKS: Buy your copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Fre...

Freedom Writer 20/20 Part II: Recreating the Magic of Room 203

September 04, 2019 10:00 - 26 minutes - 49.5 MB

On this episode, get an inside look into the collaborative writing process for twenty new stories in the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Freedom Writers Diary. How did Ms. G and the Freedom Writers organize their ideas, decide on topics and authors, and move the puzzle pieces around to find the bigger picture? Can they recreate the magic of Room 203 after twenty years? Find out on the newest installment of Freedom Writer 20/20. LINKS: Buy your copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Fre...

Freedom Writer 20/20 Part I: Coming Back to Write Twenty New Stories

September 03, 2019 10:00 - 32 minutes - 59.9 MB

In this five-part podcast mini-series, listeners get a front row seat to the writing process for twenty new stories in the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Freedom Writers Diary. You'll hear from Erin Gruwell, the Freedom Writers, and even some of the Freedom Writers’ children, following up on the stories from Wilson High School and shining a light on the Freedom Writers legacy for a new generation. On Episode 1, travel back in time to Room 203 at Wilson High School, where Ms. G first united ...

#1 Freedom Writer 20/20: Coming Back to Write Twenty New Stories

September 03, 2019 10:00 - 32 minutes - 59.9 MB

In this five-part podcast mini-series, listeners get a front row seat to the writing process for twenty new stories in the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Freedom Writers Diary. You'll hear from Erin Gruwell, the Freedom Writers, and even some of the Freedom Writers’ children, following up on the stories from Wilson High School and shining a light on the Freedom Writers legacy for a new generation. On Episode 1, travel back in time to Room 203 at Wilson High School, where Ms. G first united ...

Introducing Freedom Writer 20/20

August 26, 2019 10:00 - 10 minutes - 19.3 MB

Erin Gruwell shares a special announcement about the upcoming 20th Anniversary Edition of The Freedom Writers Diary, available September 3rd. She also shares exclusive sneak-peeks of the Freedom Writers’ twenty new diary entries and unveils a preview of our special podcast mini-series, Freedom Writer 20/20. Don’t miss this exciting news about all of our upcoming Freedom Writer content! Buy your copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Freedom Writers Diary: tinyurl.com/y5p8w4ut Support ...

#39 Dr. Carl Cohn: The Power of Listening in Effective Leadership

August 12, 2019 10:00 - 48 minutes - 89.4 MB

Our guest today is Dr. Carl Cohn, a nationally celebrated educator and Erin Gruwell's former Superintendent in the Long Beach Unified School District. They discuss Dr. Cohn’s inspiring life of service, the power of listening in leadership, and how to create systemic change. With wisdom and tenderness, Dr. Cohn provides practical and inspirational advice for you, no matter where you are currently serving. You don’t have to be a teacher to learn from his invaluable leadership lessons. Support...

#38 Liz Murray: Homeless to Harvard

July 29, 2019 08:07 - 57 minutes - 106 MB

Erin interviews best-selling author and activist Liz Murray, whose story is depicted in her visceral memoir Breaking Night and the emmy-nominated Lifetime movie, Homeless to Harvard. With sincere love and candor, Liz recounts what it was like being raised by two loving but severely drug-addicted parents, and reflects on the vital role of mentors in shaping her sense of possibility and self-worth. She credits the generosity and goodness of others for helping her to look beyond her current limi...

#37 Isha Sesay: How To Help Girls Understand Their Power

July 15, 2019 10:00 - 40 minutes - 73.9 MB

Erin Gruwell speaks with Isha Sesay, an award-winning journalist, and author of the new book, Beneath the Tamarind Tree. In this discussion about sisterhood and survival, Isha recounts the Boko Haram kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls in 2014. Together, Isha and Erin explore faith, forgiveness, overcoming, and how to help girls and women everywhere understand their power. Show Notes: Buy Isha's new book, Beneath the Tamarind Tree: https://amzn.to/2l9onzy Video about the book: https://www....

#36 Wes Moore: Why Decisions Determine Destiny

July 01, 2019 10:00 - 39 minutes - 72 MB

This episode features Wes Moore, a bestselling author, activist, decorated Army combat veteran, and the first CEO of the Robin Hood, an innovative non-profit dedicated to fighting poverty in New York City. Wes's bestselling book, The Other Wes Moore is a moving memoir about two young men from the same rough streets of Baltimore, but whose lives took very different turns. On the podcast, Wes and Erin discuss the trajectories we take in our lives and how our decisions determine our ultimate des...

#35 Anne Frank: A Glimpse into the Secret Annex

June 17, 2019 10:00 - 57 minutes - 105 MB

This episode features Jan Erik Dubbelman, a beloved Freedom Writer Teacher and the Director of Education and International Outreach at The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. From his unique perspective as a preserver of history, Jan Erik offers insight into Anne Frank's story and legacy, including Otto Frank's preparation to take his family into hiding and a detailed description of what life was like in the Secret Annex during the War. He also chronicles the heroic efforts of Miep Gies, the simpl...

#34 Antwone Fisher: How to Instill Hope in All Children with Rick Miller

June 03, 2019 10:00 - 53 minutes - 49 MB

This episode features Antwone Fisher, a screenwriter and children's rights advocate, along with Rick Miller, a professor of practice, researcher and founder of the organization Kids At Hope. Antwone tells his story of growing up in the foster care system, and together with Rick provides personal and practical steps about how you can teach, model, and embody hope for the young people you serve. Show Notes Support the production of the Freedom Writers Podcast by donating here: http://www.fre...

#33 Daniel Ellsberg: What the Pentagon Papers Teach Us About Accountability

May 20, 2019 10:00 - 49 minutes - 90.5 MB

Erin speaks with Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, an ardent anti-war activist and whistleblower who is best known for releasing the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Dan and Erin discuss the importance of seeking truth, holding our governments accountable, and how to preserve democracy in the present day. As Dan offers us nothing less than a masterclass in political analysis and civic duty, we invite you to consider how you can speak out against injustice at any level and keep our elected officials accountable fo...

#32 Period. End of Sentence: Empowered Women Empower Women

May 06, 2019 10:00 - 45 minutes - 83.7 MB

Erin speaks with educator and producer Melissa Berton, alongside two of her students, Maggie Brown and Mason Maxam. After learning about menstrual inequity in the developing world, Melissa and her class created an organization called The Pad Project and made a documentary about women in India overcoming the cultural stigma surrounding menstruation. Their documentary "Period. End of Sentence." went on to win Best Short Documentary at the 2019 Academy Awards, and has since sparked a global conv...

#31 How to Understand Young People and Their Stories

April 22, 2019 10:00 - 40 minutes - 74.1 MB

Today's episode features thought-provoking discussions on how to better understand young people and their stories. You'll hear exclusive content recorded of Erin Gruwell at one of our Freedom Writer Teacher Institutes, and learn how to peel back the layers on even the toughest kids so they can reach their full potential. When she was teaching in Room 203, people told Erin that it wasn't worth it; that she shouldn't even try; that her kids were "unteachable." But at the end of a four-year jour...

#30 After Columbine: How to Create a Culture of Connection in Schools with Darrell Scott

April 08, 2019 10:00 - 40 minutes - 74 MB

Today's episode features Darrell Scott, an ardent activist whose daughter Rachel was the first victim of the Columbine Massacre in 1999. Darrell talks about coping with immense loss, the powerful movement that was sparked by Rachel's diaries, and how educators and parents can create a culture of connection in their schools and communities. In light of the recent suicides of Parkland students and one victim's parent from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, we know this is a particularly...

#29 Rebuilding Rwanda: How to Heal After a Genocide

March 25, 2019 10:00 - 40 minutes - 75.1 MB

This episode features Erin's conversations with two survivors of the Rwandan genocide, Edith Umugiraneza and Issa Jean Marie Vianney. These courageous souls describe what it was like for them as teenagers to witness the mass execution of their friends and families. They recount in vivid detail how they ran for their lives, and reflect on the role of storytelling as they learned to heal in the aftermath. On the eve of the 25th memorial of the Rwandan genocide, we hope that these stories about ...

#28 Jack Horner: How to Embrace Dyslexia

March 11, 2019 10:00 - 41 minutes - 75.4 MB

Today's show features Jack Horner, a world famous paleontologist and renowned voice on dyslexia. As someone with dyslexia himself, Jack helps us understand how the dyslexic brain works and what teachers can do to empower their dyslexic students. He takes us step by step through his personal journey, from his earliest dinosaur digs to the highest halls of academia, revealing how he has overcome adversity and found success despite his challenges. Show Notes Book a Freedom Writer for a Video C...

#27 Dolores Huerta: ¡Sí, Se Puede! - How to Start A Movement

February 25, 2019 14:52 - 39 minutes - 72.9 MB

Today's show features Erin's stirring conversation with the iconic activist and grassroots organizer Dolores Huerta. Dolores discusses how to organize and maintain a movement, improve the lives of others, and educate the next generation of activists. Just as Dolores encouraged farm workers to fight for change in their communities, we on the Freedom Writers Podcast wish to empower you to fight for change in the classroom. Show Notes Dolores Huerta Foundation www.doloreshuerta.org PBS Docum...

#26 Parkland Students: Overcoming Tragedy With Empathy

February 11, 2019 11:00 - 51 minutes - 94.9 MB

Today's show features students and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. These courageous survivors share their unique experiences from the shooting on February 14 2018, and reveal their greatest challenges while healing in the aftermath. Most importantly, they honor the lives that were lost in the tragedy and strive to humanize the issue in a way that can bridge divides, eradicate hate, and help us all lead with love. Show Notes "Shine", by Sawyer Garrity...

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