Interview with KFAI Radio

One of the highlights of my trip to Washington, DC for the Leaders in Learning Awards was my interview with KFAI Radio back home in Minneapolis (click on the red Download button). There are a couple of small audio glitches because I was on my cell phone, first in a cab and then outside the Longworth House Office Building, but overall I think it came out really well. Stephen Manuszak is a gifted interviewer. He and I had a fabulous 20-minute conversation that he then somehow distilled down to a powerful 4 minutes. Thanks, Stephen and KFAI, for a wonderful experience!


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