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Ending Racism Begins with Cross-Cultural Agility

Mrs. Diane Riley and Dr. Ivan Koshevoy are crushing stereotypes by bringing together gifted children from all over Russia. They are the Head and Deputy Head of Boarding at the Letovo School, which opened in 2018. The only school of its kind in Russia, Letovo is a British-model, boarding secondary school that actively recruits students from all across Russia’s 17,098,242 sq km, offering scholarships to any whose families cannot afford tuition. Every student is an intellectual powerhouse, but they differ in interests, ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic status. With their hand-picked and highly trained team, Mrs. Riley and Dr. Koshevoy have created a residential life curriculum that may hold the key to ending the kind of racism, sexism, and homophobia that fuels violence.
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On Viruses, Summer Camp, and the Virtue of Unselfishness

Most people will never save another person’s life in their life. Dr. Edward “Skip” Walton stopped counting a long time ago. He’s a pediatric emergency physician, university professor, lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve, and the medical director at North Star Reach, a therapeutic camp that serves children with chronic illnesses. As if that weren’t enough, Skip was the waterfront director at Camp Belknap in the early 1980s, serving as my mentor before I ascended to that position and held on to it for nearly 30 years. In this interview, conducted while he was in post-exposure quarantine following several weeks of medical service with the Navy Reserve at the Javits Center in New York City, Skip talks candidly to families like yours about viruses, summer camp, and the virtue of unselfishness.
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How the Government Creates Panic

My interview with Jessica Lepler, Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire and author of The Many Panics of 1837. Prof. Lepler explains why knowing--even if what we know is bad news--is always better than not knowing. Back in 1837, the fact that American cotton growers and merchants did not know whether London banks had dropped the price of cotton led to anxiety and panic akin to today's COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump's late responses, obfuscations, and ignorance have resulted in widespread not knowing and resultant feelings of panic across the country.
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