Past Present Podcast: Betsy DeVos, Executive Orders, and Playgrounds

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In this week’s episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate Betsy DeVos and school privatization, the uses of executive orders, and the growing call for more dangerous playgrounds. Betsy DeVos Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education has prompted […]

Past Present Podcast: Trump University, Pence and Hamilton, and Turkeys Gone Wild

Cast of Hamilton on Broadway Speech Mike Pence

In this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the Trump University fraud settlement, Mike Pence’s reception at Hamilton, and the wild turkey’s distaste for the wild.    Trump University Donald Trump’s lawyers reached a $25 million settlement in the lawsuits over […]

Past Present Podcast: Presidential Health, Free Pre-K, and Star Trek

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In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate secrecy and presidential health, New York City’s universal pre-kindergarten, and the legacy of Star Trek. Presidential Health Hillary Clinton’s team announced she has pneumonia after she fell ill at the 9/11 commemoration. Neil argued anxiety over […]

What I Learned From Building a Conference in 35 Days

ConnectorCon Michael Roderick

Back in December of 2012 I hosted the first ConnectorCon while I was still working in business development at an educational technology start up. I had been to a conference earlier that year that I was not impressed with and […]

Past Present Podcast: Baton Rouge, Christian Intellectuals, and Teaching Trump

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In this week’s episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate flood relief in Louisiana, the disappearance of Christian intellectuals, and teaching Trump in the classroom. Baton Rouge Flood Relief More than two feet of rain brought death and destruction to southern Louisiana recently. […]

Past Present Podcast: Pat Summitt, Hellerstedt, and the Democratic Sit-In

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On this week’s episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the legacy of basketball coach Pat Summitt, the place of Women’s Whole Health v. Hellerstedt in America’s abortion debate, and the House Democrats’ sit-in over gun control. Pat Summitt The winningest […]

Past Present Podcast: Dennis Hastert, Phyllis Schlafly, and Malia’s Gap Year

Phyllis Schlafly

On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discuss Dennis Hastert, Phyllis Schlafly, and Malia Obama taking a gap year before entering Harvard.   Dennis Hastert Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was […]

Past Present Podcast: Prince, America First, and the Degree Divide

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On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discuss Prince, Donald Trump’s America First foreign policy, and educational inequality. Prince The legendary musician Prince died last month at the age of 57. Niki noted […]

Past Present Podcast: Flashback! Woodrow Wilson, SoulCycle, and Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

On this week’s Past Present podcast, Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discuss the legacy of Woodrow Wilson, Soul Cycle, and Bernie Sanders and the history of socialism.   Woodrow Wilson Princeton students have demanded the university remove Woodrow […]

Past Present Podcast: The Sharing Economy, Affirmative Action, and American Fascism

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On this week’s Past Present podcast, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the sharing economy, affirmative action, and whether Donald Trump is a fascist. The Sharing Economy Harvard Business School researchers have issued a report about the pattern of racial discrimination […]