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Media: 5 Great Magazine Articles You Might Not Have Read

The EWA Education Writing Awards are great but include only folks who submit themselves to the process and so often miss out on non-education publications or articles that are about education but not not directly so.  As a result, it's helpful to take a look at lists like this one from The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf (Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism), which includes some pieces I'd never seen before as well as a bunch of articles I've shared already:

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES / South L.A. student finds a different world at Cal by Kurt Streeter

"He was named the prom king, the most likely to succeed, the senior class salutatorian. He was accepted to UC Berkeley, one of the nation's most renowned public universities. A semester later, Kashawn Campbell sat inside a cramped room on a dorm floor that Cal reserves for black students. It was early January, and he stared nervously at his first college transcript. There wasn't much good to see."

THE AMERICAN SCHOLAR / Survival Skills at a School in L.A. by Anne P. Beatty

"On days like this, even aloof kids displayed uncharacteristic kindness and affection. Boys lingered over handshakes and looked into my eyes solemnly. Girls threw their arms around me and wordlessly moved away. No one said enough."

WASHINGTON POST / After Newtown Shooting, Mourning Parents Enter Into the Lonely Quiet by Eli Saslow

"The room went quiet as she began reading the names. Daniel Barden. Seven. Dylan Hockley. Six. Ana Marquez-Greene. Six. Six. Six. Six. Seven. Six. How long could one minute last?"

NEW YORK / Them and Them by Benjamin Wallace-Wells

"The immigrant community and the growing population of Hasidim had eyed each other with increasing wariness. Then the Orthodox took over the public schools and proceeded to gut them."

TEXAS MONTHLY / The Other Side of the Story by Jenny Kutner

"When I was fourteen, I had a relationship with my eighth grade history teacher. People called me a victim. They called him a villain. But it's more complicated than that."
Still not enough? Click below for a few more (including This American Life and RadioLab).
SLATE / My Daughter Went Away to Camp and Changed by John Dickerson
 
"By traveling to my daughter's new turf with the cloak of having been a camper there myself, I thought maybe the bubble might last a little longer. Maybe it would be 10 hours before our old routine closed back around us."
 

PRICEONOMICS / What It's Like to Fail by David Raether

"I was neither a drug addict nor an alcoholic, nor was I a criminal. But I had committed one of the more basic of American sins: I had failed. In eight years, my career had vanished, then my savings, and then our home. My family broke apart. I was alone, hungry, and defeated."

 
The grocery store rush on the first of the month.

THIS AMERICAN LIFE / The weekly radio show consistently produces some of the best journalism in the country, so much so that creating separate listings for every exceptional story would overwhelm this list. Winnowing them this far as been difficult, but I'd especially urge listening to CarsHouse RulesTaking NamesThe One Thing You're Not Supposed to Do, and Harper High School Part I and Part II.

RADIO LAB / The most innovative work in journalism is being done on this show. Choosing among podcast episodes is nearly impossible, but once you listen to The Man Behind the ManeuverAre You SurePoop TrainCut and Run,  The Speedy Beet, or Blame, you may well find yourself going through the whole archive.

VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW / Voice and Hammer by Jeff Sharlet
 
The life's work of Harry Belafonte, who says: "We have a culture where to tell the truth is not an easy thing to do. Every day we wake up we do our minstrel act. And our minstrel act means we put on the mask. We put on our burnt cork. And we grin like we know we have to grin to get through the day even though there’s a rage inside of us.” 
 
ROLLING STONE / Jahar's World by Janet Reitman 
 
"Jahar's friends were a diverse group of kids from both the wealthier and poorer sections of Cambridge; black, white, Jewish, Catholic, Puerto Rican, Bangladeshi, Cape Verdean. They were, as one Cambridge parent told me, 'the good kids' – debate champs, varsity athletes, student-government types, a few brainiacs who'd go off to elite New England colleges."

SLATE / The Welfare Queen by Josh Levin

"In the 1970s, Ronald Reagan villainized a Chicago woman for bilking the government. Her other sins—including possible kidnappings and murders—were far worse."
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