364: Going Big

364: Going Big

Sep 26, 2008
Stories about people who take grand, sweeping approaches to solving problems of all sorts.
  • Host Ira Glass introduces a story on the most ambitious and hopeful solution to urban poverty in the country—the Harlem Children's Zone. The project's goal is nothing less than changing the lives of thousands of children in Harlem, starting at birth and continuing until they go to college. (2 minutes) ActivismChildrenCityEducation

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  • Paul Tough reports on the Harlem Children's Zone, and its CEO and president, Geoffrey Canada. Among the project's many facets is Baby College, an 8-week program where young parents and parents-to-be learn how to help their children get the education they need to be successful. Tough's book about Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem's Children Zone is called Whatever It Takes. You can see a slideshow of more photographs from the project here. (31 minutes) ActivismChildrenCityEducation

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  • Musician David Berkeley has gotten a lot of requests in his life, but none quite like the offer his agent got last year. A fan wanted Berkeley to come to his house and help save his relationship by serenading the troubled couple with a personal concert. Ira Glass talks to Berkeley about why he took the gig, and what happened when he got there. Berkeley's newest album is called Strange Light. His website, along with free downloads, is here. (13 minutes) MusicRomance

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  • Writer Doug McGray tells the story of a daughter who wanted to be closer to her mom, and went to extremes to do it. Doug McGray is a fellow at the New America Foundation. (9 minutes) FamilyMothersMurder

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A proud Baby College father holds his daughter. Image by Pat Lanza.

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