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Nice White Parents - Ep. 2

20 August 2020 - 51 mins
Podcast Series Serial

Chana Joffe-Walt searches the New York City Board of Education archives for more information about the School for International Studies, which was originally called I.S. 293.

In the process, she finds a folder of letters written in 1963 by mostly white families in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. They are asking for the board to change the proposed construction of the school to a site where it would be more likely to be racially integrated.

It’s less than a decade after Brown v. Board of Education, amid a growing civil rights movement, and the white parents writing letters are emphatic that they want an integrated school. They get their way and the school site changes — but after that, nothing else...

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Nice White Parents - Ep. 5

Nice White Parents - Ep. 5


An unexpected last chapter. Some white parents start behaving differently.

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Nice White Parents - Ep. 3

Nice White Parents - Ep. 3

We saw what happens when white families come into the school. What happens when they stay out?

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Introducing: Nice White Parents

Introducing: Nice White Parents

We have a new show! Here’s a sneak peek of Nice White Parents, a new limited series about building a better school system, and what gets in the way. Coming July 30 from Serial Productions, brought to you by The New York Times. Subscribe today.

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