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Harvard EdCast

The Harvard EdCast is Harvard University's flagship education podcast — a weekly series of 15–20 minute conversations with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. The EdCast is a dynamic space for discourse about problems and solutions in education, aiming to shine a light on innovative and compelling people, policies, practice, and ideas. 

With more than 500,000 listens and more than 200 guests — including Oprah Winfrey, Noam Chomsky, Wynton Marsalis, David Brooks, Colin Powell, Lois Lowry, Arne Duncan, and Temple Grandin — the Harvard EdCasts draws an audience of teachers, school leaders, university faculty, out-of-school educators, nonprofit leaders, and others interested in the issues facing schools, students, and society.

Produced by the Harvard Gratduate School of Education, the EdCast holds a unique space in the education podcast landscape.

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Contact: Jill Anderson for information or to submit a guest proposal.


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By Jill Anderson 09/12/2018 2:15 PM EDT
Junlei Li

An early childhood expert — inspired by Mister Rogers — describes the meaning of "high quality" in early education, the lasting legacy of Fred Rogers, and the power of "deep and simple" interactions between caregiver and child.

06/27/2018 2:14 PM EDT
Managing the Summer Enrichment Craze

A conversation with Denise Pope about giving kids the downtime they need.

By Matt Weber, By Jill Anderson 06/20/2018 3:18 PM EDT
Minnijean Brown-Trickey

Civil Rights activist Minnijean Brown-Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine, discusses the need for America to face the truth and understand it — especially in schools — if we want to see change.

By Jill Anderson 05/16/2018 4:19 PM EDT
Teens and Smartphones

Psychologist Jean Twenge discusses her research that examines how smartphones affect teens' happiness, and advises on how children and adults can use smartphones in the healthiest ways.

By Matt Weber 05/09/2018 12:28 PM EDT
Escuela Nueva

Vicky Colbert, director of the Escuela Nueva Foundation and former vice-minister of education in Colombia, discusses what makes Escuela Nueva's unique school model so successful.

By Iman Rastegari 04/25/2018 4:37 PM EDT
Learning for Careers

Faculty members Robert Schwartz and Nancy Hoffman discuss their new book, the Pathways to Prosperity Network, and what they’ve learned about preparing students for the workplace.

By Jill Anderson 04/18/2018 11:46 AM EDT
Security Camera

UC–Berkeley Professor Calvin Morrill on how one school's increased security policies altered its culture and how the current debate about school security can be informed by this experience.