By Chana Joffe-Walt, The New York Times, July 23, 2020
“Nice White Parents” is a new podcast from Serial Productions, brought to you by The New York Times, about the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block.
We know American public schools do not guarantee each child an equal education. Two decades of school reform initiatives have not changed that. But when Chana Joffe-Walt, a reporter, looked at inequality in education, she saw that most reforms focused on who schools were failing: Black and brown kids. But what about who the schools are serving? In this five-part series, she turns her attention to what is arguably the most powerful force in our schools: White parents.
On this series:
Chana Joffe-Walt is a producer for the award-winning public radio show “This American Life,” where Chana originated her reporting for what eventually became “Nice White Parents.” In 2015, Chana teamed up with the reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones to do several stories about education and school segregation, for which they won the Peabody Award. In addition to education coverage, Chana’s reporting on sexual harassment, including the Rashomon-style “This American Life” episode ”Five Women,” offered a new frame to understand a wave of #MeToo stories. “Five Women” is currently being adapted into a TV series. Before joining “This American Life,” Chana was a reporter for NPR, where she helped create the podcast “Planet Money.”