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Podcast #8: Renée Wise, Ehab Jaber, Isabella Red Cloud, and More!

Renée Wise, candidate for Aberdeen school board
Renée Wise, candidate for Aberdeen school board

Fresh off the Mac—it’s Dakota Free Press Podcast #8!

Today’s guest is Renée Wise, candidate for Aberdeen school board. Wise talks about her interest in dyslexia, classroom technology, and personalized education. Then Wise answers some questions about gifted education, extracurriculars, open enrollment, and other school board issues.

But first, co-host Spencer Dobson and I recap the March for Science, discuss the impact a government shutdown could have on South Dakota tourism (perhaps averted since our recording by Trump’s skillful caving), and review why it stinks to be poor and transgender or Muslim and armed in Sioux Falls.

Boy—if that potpourri isn’t worth your ringing the Blog Tip Jar, what is? Send money today, and keep these programs coming!

March for Science—Aberdeen

Tourism and Government Shutdown

No Transgenders Allowed at Union Gospel Mission

Armed and Muslim in South Dakota

Renée Wise, Aberdeen school board candidate

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  1. happy camper 2017-04-26 20:56

    The music is too loud in the beginning. I want to see the people talking. It’s 2017 no tips till you get the video!

  2. Porter Lansing 2017-04-26 23:04

    I didn’t know that SoDak has no advanced placement or int’l baccalaureate programs in High School. I know numerous Republican politicians read this blog. Is there an explanation why you have a monetary reserve and these programs which would help stop the best and brightest from leaving aren’t funded?

  3. Don Coyote 2017-04-26 23:19

    The AP courses offered are determined by the local school districts not the state. My oldest daughter took numerous AP classes in high school (Sioux Falls). All testing for college credit was paid for by the student (parents :-) ). Her chemistry and physics AP credits weren’t credited by SDSU because of her major in chemistry.

  4. Porter Lansing 2017-04-26 23:24

    Thanks, Don. Mrs. Wise on the podcast was then speaking only of Aberdeen. Good for the kids with more available.

  5. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-04-26 23:47

    Many South Dakota schools, including Aberdeen Central HS, offer AP courses. lists no IB schools in South Dakota. A U.S. school must pay $4,000 to apply for IB status and $9,500 per year of its candidacy review, which usually lasts 2–3 years. Once authorized, the school pays an annual fee of $11,650 to offer the Diploma (just high school, it appears) Program. For each student taking IB exams, the school pays a $168 registration fee, plus $116 for each subject in which the student takes an IB exam. teachers need IB certification; four-day workshops toward that end in Albuquerque have a registration fee of $1,349.

    Don Coyote, correct me if I’m wrong (as if I need to ask), but AP also requires teachers to get certification in AP workshops, right?

  6. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-04-26 23:52

    Video? Hap, do you know how much harder it is to produce quality video than audio. Editing audio takes time, but it’s not that hard to clip, insert silences, etc. Editing video the same way would take far more time… and mean I spend less time creating great content!

    Plus, video takes up much more bandwidth—I would speculate that mobile users are far less likely to download and view a video than listen to audio.

    Besides, on the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog… and on a podcast, no one knows my dog is fooling around at our feet the entire time. :-)

  7. happy camper 2017-04-27 17:53

    And no one knows your shirt is dirty, but that’s the fun stuff and draws the audience. It’s a very different experience actually seeing people talk (or sing). I know we’re behind the times here in SD and everything, but video killed the radio star that was 40 years ago already:

  8. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-04-28 07:15

    But Hap, doesn’t public broadcasting get more audience for news through audio than video channels?

  9. happy camper 2017-04-28 08:17

    Don’t know the specific numbers, but some of these video podcasts have really become popular, and it’s beneficial to actually see the visual and all the non-verbal. Gad Saad “films” each person with headphones each is at a different location usually just at home, not in a “studio.” Many of his guests are in another part of the world. Not high tech expensive it’s Skype or something but still much more interesting to observe the conversation and interaction, for reasons that are different than news.

  10. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-04-28 08:33

    Are stats available on popular audio and video podcasts that would help us compare the ears and eyes they draw? What’s more popular: listening/viewing directly online or downloading and listening/viewing offline?

  11. happy camper 2017-04-28 08:50

    Don’t know since the internet is still kind of loose, but YouTube may track it. Dave Rubin’s interviewing skills have blossomed but he chose to stay on the net and build a home studio in LA. I suspect streaming is the way to go cause we want it now. Gad Saad also streams lectures, like the one he just posted on Real Liberals! :)

    You see his sloppy office back there: Manifesto of a True Liberal.

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