94 episodes

Podcast by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

Freedom Writers Podcast Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 76 Ratings

Podcast by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

    #81 Finding Your Vision & Your Voice w/ Dr. Tiffany Lopez

    #81 Finding Your Vision & Your Voice w/ Dr. Tiffany Lopez

    On today's episode, Erin Gruwell speaks with dramaturge, author, and the new dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, Dr. Tiffany Lopez. They discuss Dr. Lopez's journey from being a first generation college student to becoming a leading voice in the fight for diversity and inclusion in higher education and the arts. This episode is packed with inspiring insights, and we hope it will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

    Purchase Dr. Lopez's book, Growing Up Chicana/o: https://amzn.to/3Sn7Brq
    Purchase The Freedom Writers Diary: https://amzn.to/3LM2w9D
    Purchase Dear Freedom Writer: https://amzn.to/3LLDOq1

    • 51 min
    #80 How to Deal with Bullying feat. Krish Sharma & Sam Norwood

    #80 How to Deal with Bullying feat. Krish Sharma & Sam Norwood

    On this week's episode, Erin Gruwell speaks with Krish Sharma, a British student author from our new book, Dear Freedom Writer, and his fabulous Freedom Writer Teacher, Sam Norwood. They discuss Krish's struggles with bullying, how important trust is for victims of bullying, and how parents, teachers, and students alike can protect students from bullying. This episode is a powerful look at how to find strength in the face of adversity and we hope it will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

    Purchase Dear Freedom Writer: bit.ly/3wpsB8N
    Donate to Our Student Authors: tinyurl.com/DearFWFundraiser

    More About the "Write Back" Program:
    Write Back is a UK based charity founded by Freedom Writer teacher Sam Norwood. Like the Freedom Writer Foundation, Write Back is guided by the belief that every young person has a story to tell and the capacity to tell it. Its mission is to build the confidence and capacity of young people to express themselves creatively through the sharing of their stories. The charity does this through collaborative after-school storytelling programmes for marginalised young people which develop their creativity, self-esteem and agency. Its work is inspired by the work of the Freedom Writers and Ms G.

    Website: www.write-back.org
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writebackuk
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/writebackuk
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writebackuk/

    • 42 min
    #79 Speaking My Mother Tongue w/ Lucas Hammeken & Torbjørn Ydegaard

    #79 Speaking My Mother Tongue w/ Lucas Hammeken & Torbjørn Ydegaard

    On this week's episode, Erin Gruwell speaks with Lucas Hammeken, a Greenlandic student author from the new book, Dear Freedom Writer, and his former headmaster, Torbjørn Ydegaard, a dedicated Freedom Writer Teacher who hails from Denmark. They discuss the linguistic challenges faced by students in Greenland, how Torbjørn and Lucas braved the COVID-19 pandemic in their rural village and the pride that Lucas feels as an author in Dear Freedom Writer. This episode is a fascinating look into how language and culture impact education and we hope it will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

    Purchase Dear Freedom Writer: bit.ly/3wpsB8N
    Donate to Our Student Authors: tinyurl.com/DearFWFundraiser

    • 33 min
    #78: Maori Misunderstood with Meredith & Casey Akuhata-Brown

    #78: Maori Misunderstood with Meredith & Casey Akuhata-Brown

    On this week's episode, Erin Gruwell speaks with New Zealand’s Gisborne District Councillor, Meredith Akuhata-Brown, and her daughter, Casey - two proud, Maori members of our Freedom Writer Family. They discuss the history of the Maori people, the effects of New Zealand's colonization by the British, and the importance of knowing and accepting your cultural roots. This episode is an eye-opening look into the lingering effects of colonization, and how community activism and involvement can overcome that intergenerational trauma. We hope this episode will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

    Purchase Dear Freedom Writer: bit.ly/3wpsB8N
    Donate to Our Student Authors: tinyurl.com/DearFWFundraiser

    • 48 min
    Special Episode: Remembering Alexi Rodriguez

    Special Episode: Remembering Alexi Rodriguez

    Today's episode is serious and somber as we share that our Freedom Writer Family has lost a beloved member. Alexi Rodriguez, whom we affectionately refer to as “Lexi,"  tragically took her life. As a student author in our new book, DEAR FREEDOM WRITER, Lexi penned her pain in the letter "Perpetual Patient.” The loss of Lexi compelled us to create a safe space to discuss suicide, to encourage those experiencing thoughts of suicide to seek help, and to increase factors that promote suicide prevention.

    In this episode, Erin Gruwell is joined by six of our Freedom Writer Family members who have each been touched by Lexi personally. They reminisce about the unforgettable moments they shared with Lexi, process her passing, and seek to turn their pain into purpose. Lexi has impacted all of us, so this episode is raw and it is real. We hope, in her honor, that it will inspire you to take action for mental health awareness.

    To Learn More About the Alexi Emilia Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship Fund, Please go to https://bit.ly/3ySrzBM or text “LEXI” to 44-321.

    Purchase Dear Freedom Writer: bit.ly/3wpsB8N

    • 45 min
    #77: "My Two Dads" w/ Dear Freedom Writer Student Author Kyan

    #77: "My Two Dads" w/ Dear Freedom Writer Student Author Kyan

    In this week's episode, Erin Gruwell speaks with 11 year old Kyan, a student author from our newest book, Dear Freedom Writer, and his parents, Dale and Manuel. To help celebrate Pride month, they discuss the inspiration for Kyan’s Dear Freedom Writer story, the righteous indignation Kyan uses to fuel his activism and how they are both allies and advocates for LGBTQIA+ families across the world. This episode is incredibly insightful and we hope it will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

    Purchase Dear Freedom Writer: bit.ly/3wpsB8N
    Donate to Our Student Authors: tinyurl.com/DearFWFundraiser

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Stephanie M D ,

Inspiring

Every episode is a gold mine of not only inspiration, but also meaningful classroom content.

samuel louissaint ,

POWERFUL

I just watched the movie and now I want to read the book with everything going on now in 2020 this movie has opened my eyes a lot more now. We need more teachers like Ms. G, that actually believes in students and talks relates different things to students.

JesATeacher ,

Inspiring and Encouraging

It was the Freedom Writer’s Diary that inspired me to get back into urban education and day-to-day teaching five years ago. I took a detour of sorts that I needed that didn’t take me directly into an urbane classroom right away. But, after those five years, I am now working in an inner city middle school classroom. As I searched for podcasts to inspire and encourage, I came across Freedom Writers Foundation here. To hear the stories for the 20 year anniversary encourages me forward to stay in the trenches and continually dedicate my heart for my students. I take these podcasts on my walk/runs to help me forward in my calling. Thank you for the vulnerability and honesty coupled with the dedication and heart that makes you write forward with freedom in your pens because there is freedom in your hearts!

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