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This interview with Adam Lubinsky took place on March 15, 2022 via Zoom. Adam is an urban planner and partner at WXY Studio in New York, as well as a professor at Columbia. In this interview, he talked about his work with two large Brooklyn school districts and designing more integrated and progressive policies for them. He talked about how the heightened politics during COVID has shifted the landscape of what's possible in this work, and he described using a softer approach in order to push the envelope of progress. He also talked about seeing what's happening in the larger school systems on the ground with his children who are enrolled in Brooklyn public schools. Adam described his surprise at how steadfast his children and their peers are about COVID safety, especially as the mask mandate in schools has been lifted. He also discussed how the pandemic made him re-evaluate his work at his firm and his priorities, and how it's been for him to shift responsibility at the firm to others so that he can focus more on teaching at Columbia.
Liam McBain is an associate producer for NPR's It's Been a Minute. He's also on a mission to read 100 books this year.
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