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A New Documentary Film about America's Public Schools: "Backpack Full of Cash"

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Aired on Thursday, September 20th.

Our guest is Sarah Mondale, director of the newly released and engrossing documentary, "Backpack Full of Cash." As is noted of this film at its website: "Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America's most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville, and other cities, 'Backpack Full of Cash' takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of corporate-driven education 'reform' where public education -- starved of resources -- hangs in the balance." Please note that there will be a special "screening plus panel discussion and Q&A" event in connection with this film tonight (Thursday the 20th) at the Circle Cinema here in Tulsa.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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