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Radha Radkar



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Liam McBain

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At the time of this interview, Radha had just recently finished the school year. She reflected on feeling past their capacity as a teacher since April-- and that it had been more taxing than even the start of the pandemic. She talked about feeling a shift in their teaching methodologies, specifically that the idea of being a radical teacher coming from a particular political lens has changed-- instead of saying the right things, they're now more interested in doing the things (i.e. setting up a classroom, building relationships with parents) that are in line with her politics. She also talked about the joy of seeing the first cohort of seniors that they had taught graduate and the sweetness of watching those students grow, mature, and move into the next phases of their lives. Altogether, they're excited for the summer break, to cook, be with her partner, and go on a silent retreat. In reflecting on the experience of being part of this project, Radha said they enjoyed noticing coming to each interview as a different person and different teacher, and eschewing the impulse to make a clean narrative of their life. She said it relates to their Buddhist practice of exploring the mystery of the self.

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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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