documentary of the week

Invisibilia

May 4, 2017
Marina Muun for NPR

Public Radio 89.5 begins Invisibilia Season 3 on Thursday, June 1, 2017. This four-episode season airs every Thursday in June at 12:00 p.m. and it will be rebroadcast Friday at 8:00 p.m.

After an abrupt reversal 20 years ago, some prisons and colleges try to maintain college education for prisoners. To get to the 99A college prep English class at California's San Quentin State Prison, you pass through two security checks, two gates and a very thick, very old metal door that looks medieval. You walk into a courtyard surrounded by guard towers. Inmates in pale blue scrubs with the word "PRISONER" printed on the back in bright yellow are hanging around, playing baseball and chatting.

Spare The Rod: Amid evidence zero tolerance doesn't work, schools reverse themselves.

A get-tough attitude prevailed among educators in the 1980s and 1990s, but research shows that zero-tolerance policies don't make schools safer and lead to disproportionate discipline for students of color.

The president of the American Federation of Teachers recently issued a remarkable mea culpa.