Nothing Never Happens is a journey into cutting-edge pedagogical theory and praxis, where co-hosts Tina Pippin and Lucia Hulsether connect with leading voices in radical teaching and learning. We engage a range of approaches — including but not limited to democratic, feminist, queer, decolonial, and abolitionist models.
Resistance Pedagogy: Truth, Healing, and Justice in Atlanta Public Schools
Amid the newest wave of attacks on public education and inclusive learning, there are stories of hope and resistance. In this episode we talk with a high school social studies teacher at the front of the fight for antiracist, liberatory K-12 classrooms. Anthony Downer teaches Africana Studies, social studies, and civics at Frederick Douglass High School in the Atlanta Public School system. We talk to Anthony about how he and his students are working together to create a trauma-informed, healing-centric classroom.
More about our guest: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-l-d-a9178199 (Anthony Downer )teaches Africana Studies, social studies, and civics at Frederick Douglass High School in the Atlanta Public School system. He attended public schools in Gwinett County, Georgia, attained a BA in Political Science at the University of Chicago and a Master's of Art in Teaching in social studies education at Georgia State University.
Anthony is a co-founder and vice president ofhttps://idraseen.org/groups/georgia-educators-for-equity-and-justice/#:~:text=Georgia%20Educators%20for%20Equity%20and%20Justice%20%2D%20IDRA%20Southern%20Education%20Equity%20Networkandtext=GAEEJ%20is%20committed%20to%20achieving,school%2Dto%2Dprison%20pipeline. ( Georgia Educators for Equity and Justice), the founder and Vice President of the https://www.myliberationlab.com/ (Liberation Learning Lab), and the host of his podcast “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SapbC4ghbdI (Wat Dat Wednesday: Conversations on Education and Liberation)” on Educational Entities. Find it on Youtube and Instagram Live:https://www.instagram.com/thenawfstar/ ( @thenawfstar).
Structures of Solidarity: Undergraduate Student Workers Unite!
The common workplace issues of low pay, toxic environment, understaffing, corporate greed, wage theft, union busting, and high turnover also exist in institutions of higher education. Undergraduate students typically earn low wages at campus jobs. In this podcast we explore the concept that students are workers, due just wages and benefits and voice. Beginning in 2016, undergraduate students at Grinnell College in Iowa have worked to form the first union of undergraduate student workers, the Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers (UGSDW). Union leaders, senior Keir Hichens and sophomore Malcolm Galpern Levin, are with us to give us the history of the movement, along with details of their organizing strategies. The union’s description is as “the only independent undergraduate labor union in the country, UGSDW fights for fair pay and benefits for workers at UGSDW.” Keir and Malcolm describe the context, the organizing process, the setbacks, the networks and coalitions, the victories, and the future expansion of the union. Students at Grinnell are discovering what collective power can do. As they work for transparency and accountability from their supervisors and the administration, they also address issues of food insecurity on campus. Keir and Malcolm provide insights on the value of undergraduate labor organizing to their own lives, to campus culture, and to the labor movement broadly.
Work the Contradictions! On Institutional Power and Minority Difference
What happens to grassroots movements when they get access to normative power? How does one resist capture? What traditions, theories, and cautionary tales should we reference?
Professor and critic Roderick Ferguson, author of https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520293007/we-demand (We Demand: The University and Student Protests), among many other works on social movements and the politics of institutional dissent, joins us to discuss these themes, and much more, in our May 2022 episode.
This interview is for all who know that tough moral or political bind: between intellection and administration; between creative risk and bureaucratic necessity; between holding a radical critique of power and resisting cooptation in everyday life.
Music by Aviva and the Flying Penguins, Paul Myhrie, Aliyah Harris, and Akrasis (aka Mark McKee + Max Bowen)
Logo design by Emily Vinick
Co-hosted and co-produced by Tina Pippin and Lucia Hulsether
Rehearsing for Reality: Theater as Catalyst for Social Change
Get ready for a master class in Theater of the Oppressed! This month we welcome playwright, director, and author https://cardboardcitizens.org.uk/our-news/article/adrian-jackson-to-step-down-as-artistic-director/ (Adrian Jackson). Adrian is best known his role as the founder and longtime artistic director London-based theater and arts company https://cardboardcitizens.org.uk/who-we-are/manifesto/ (Cardboard Citizens), which is dedicated to working with and for people who have experienced homelessness and poverty. Come for the raucous theater games, stay for the organic wisdom and transformative potential that they unlock.
Co-hosts: Tina Pippin and Lucia Hulsether
Outro music by https://akrasis.bandcamp.com/ (Akrasis) (Max Bowen raps; Mark McKee beats)
DEFEND THE CLASSROOM! Building Power with Ira Shor
How should we collectively defend classrooms from the neoliberal assault on democratic praxis and critical pedagogies? What histories, traditions, and alliances should shape our tactics?
Renowned critical pedagogue and prolific theorist https://www.gc.cuny.edu/people/ira-shor (Ira Shor), Professor Emeritus at CUNY Graduate Center, joins us to discuss these questions--and to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Nothing Never Happens.
Ira Shor has produced several foundational works in the practice of critical pedagogy. Some of his books include Culture Wars, Critical Education and Everyday Life, Empowering Education, When Students Have Power, and, with Paulo Freire, A Pedagogy for Liberation. Ira has supported this podcast since he agreed to be our first-ever guest back in March 2017.
Music by Aviva and the Flying Penguins, Paul Myhrie, Aliyah Harris, and Akrasis (aka Mark McKee + Max Bowen).
Logo design by Emily Vinick.
Co-hosted and co-produced by Tina Pippin and Lucia Hulsether.
Liberatory Methods: On Teaching from the Knowledge in the Room
What does it look like for pedagogy to begin with the stories, hopes, and critiques that are already present in the classroom? How has this approach to education been practiced in movements for social transformation? What are its demands on teachers and learners?
In our January 2022 episode, teacher and author Stephen Preskill joins us to talk these questions and much more. Topics include balancing discrete political paradigms with democratic methods, the difference between integrative democratic practices and one-off pedagogical "tricks," and Preskill's new book Teaching in Black and White: Myles Horton and the Highlander Center's Vision for Social Justice.
a gem of teaching podcasts
This podcast is invaluable for educators looking to grow in the field of radical pedagogy and to build their social justice knowledge. It covers a range of issues in education (for example, grading, labor unions, theater pedagogy, abolition, environmental, writing and literacy programs) with a general focus on showing examples of teaching in democratic partnership with students and for social justice goals. I think it is special that the hosts met several years ago when one of them was a college freshman and she enrolled in a class the other host was teaching. Fast forward to now and they are both college faculty
I love Tina and Lucia!
They are a great team, and they help me think more clearly about my own teaching. I would like to go back to college to take a class with them!