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Wide Angle is a weekly interview show featuring guest authors and activists from the Arlington community and beyond. While we hope to give context to stories you might hear on the news, Wide Angle is by no means a “news show.” And although we explore issues from a political angle on occasion, neither are we a “political show.”
Instead, Wide Angle aspires to offer a quiet place to explore the big ideas not often addressed by our mainstream media: incarceration and income inequality, war and military recruitment, race and Israel/Palestine, as well as issues that underscore our common humanity, such as food, grief and hospice. And we endeavor to leave viewers of every episode with at least two things: energy borne of frustration or illumination, anger or hope, as well as the resources to pursue action and make change.
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In much of the modern world, schools and schooling are today considered as necessary to human growth as air is to life. Yet there are a growing number of families in Massachusetts and across the country who have for many reasons decided to opt out of schools and instead “homeschool.” What are their motivations? What are their days like? What seem to be the prospects for homeschooled children as they enter adulthood?
Some two hundred years ago, philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote presciently, “All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Which begs the question: what truths of tomorrow are we currently resisting as blindly ignorant? In this episode, Peter is joined by Dr. Richard Moskowitz, who believes that a healthy skepticism surrounding vaccination is one such truth.
Most parents are well-aware that, for their 14 to 18 year old children, “long-term decisions” are those dealing with the weekend, or maybe the prom and the like. So when military recruiters visit Arlington High School and invite our teens to make the potentially life-and-death decision to join the military, parents should take notice.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” a Faulkner character famously said. No issue in American life reveals the profound truth of that quote more than race, and no decade in our history so deeply shaped our modern conception of that notion, as well as the direction of a movement around it, as the 1960s.
From its inception, our media has offered both promise and peril. In this encore presentation, Peter joins two previously separate interviews on this common theme.
Joining Peter to discuss such questions of geography is Prof. Rashad Shabazz, associate professor at Arizona State University and author of the book, Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago.