Love and Mercy, Not Blood and Bullets

Love and Mercy, Not Blood and Bullets

For almost four years now, as I’ve completed a second book, 1966 has weighed heavily on my mind. Maybe you were born that year, or one of your siblings was. Maybe you got married then, or your parents did. Perhaps you graduated, or got drafted. Maybe you lost someone—to distance, disease, or drinking; to random violence or Vietnam.

In May that year, The Beach Boys released Pet Sounds, an album that received some critical acclaim despite mostly popular failure. Love and Mercy, a stunning biopic about Brian Wilson released last weekend (starring John Cusack and Paul Dano), devotes an amazing amount of detail to the creation of songs for that album. It wasn’t an easy process.

read more

RH Reality Check with Amanda Marcotte

In the wake of the shooting in Marinette, Wisconsin, Jo talked with Amanda Marcotte on the United Nations' "RH Reality Check" podcast about what happens before a gun goes off on campus.

Teacher at Point Blank: Interview on “Conversations” in Seattle 103.7 FM

Jo talks with host Lizz Sommars on Seattle’s The Mountain 103.7 FM about real-life problems in classrooms, why teachers aren’t taken seriously, causes of student hostility, and the problem of “failure” in education.

Is the devil in the data? What kind of research are pundits really paying attention to when offering solutions about school achievement, teacher quality, and student “success”?

Please listen, join the conversation, and share your thoughts!

“Conversations” with Lizz Sommars

read more