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In this hour, Eric Booth is one of America's leading teaching artists and trainer of teaching artists. He's also the author of The Music Teaching Artist's Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator. He talks to Steve Paulson about the current state of arts education in American schools and shares his thoughts on how to engage children through arts education.
Next, Michael Doucet is the founder of the pioneering, Grammy Award-winning Cajun band, BeauSoleil. The band recently released its 29th album, Alligator Purse. Doucet also has an extensive background in arts education. He talks to Steve Paulson about educating people about Cajun culture through Cajun music. We also hear some music from BeauSoleil's Alligator Purse album.
Katie Salen is a game designer, interactive designer, animator and design educator. She's also the editor of The Ecology of Games: Connecting Youth, Games, and Learning. Salen talks to Anne Strainchamps about what children can learn from designing and playing games.
David Gilmour is a Canadian film critic and novelist. He's also the author of a memoir called The Film Club. In the book, Gilmour writes about his decision to let his son, Jesse, drop out of school, provided that he agrees to watch three movies a week with his father. Gilmour talks to Jim Fleming about the experience. We also hear clips from a few of the films that Gilmour watched with his son. [Broadcast Date: June 25, 2010]