White Supremacy Groups See Boost In Membership Following Debate

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Here is the Radio Boston rundown for Oct. 1. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • At this week's presidential debate, President Trump declined to condemn white supremacist groups, instead telling the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by." We speak to Joan Donovan, research director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, who studies online extremism.
  • With the president calling for a more "patriotic" education, we look at how U.S. history is taught in schools, how state standards are set, and how to have honest, and sometimes uncomfortable, conversations about our nation's history. We hear from Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year N'Dia Riegler, Katherine Tarca, director of literacy and humanities for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of History, Race and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
  • On Sunday, music educator Rob Kapilow will make his only trip of the year to Boston to record his "What Makes It Great?" music series, presented by the Celebrity Series, focused on Cole Porter. Porter was the American composer and songwriter behind the popular 1930s musicals "Anything Goes" and "Kiss Me Kate." Kapilow tells us why, in 2020, he believes Porter is as relevant as ever.

This program aired on October 1, 2020.


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