Rafe Esquith has taught at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles for more than 25 years and is the only teacher to have been awarded the president’s National Medal of the Arts. Almost all of his students live below the poverty line and are from immigrant families, with none speaking English as a first language. However, his fifth-grade students consistently score in the top 5 to 10-percent of the country in standardized tests. Esquith’s latest book is titled Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: “No Retreat, No Surrender!”
Then, Michael Cera is known to film and television audiences as a lovable, if overly awkward young man. In the new film, Crystal Fairy, Cera plays against type as an American visitor to Chile whose main interest is sampling the local offerings in the drug world. Bob talks with Cera and director Sebastian Silva about the film, and its’ unlikely path to existence. [Broadcast Date: July 25, 2013]
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