Interviews on Television, Radio, and Video

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Watch Diane Ravitch talk about the dangers of privatization at The Open Society Foundations

Grading the States report launch:

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Diane Ravitch: How public education is being damaged by the billionaires who want to destroy your community public schools. September, 2017.

Diane Ravitch: The Rise of the Charter schools. Watch her Interview with On Contact’s Chris Hedges. August, 2017.

Diane Ravitch: Democrats Helped Pave the Way for Privatization Crusader Betsy Devos. February, 2017.

Diane Ravitch Shares the Importance of Public Schools with Nebraska Loves Public Schools. October, 2016.

Diane Ravitch at Lehigh University’s College of Education 2015 Lecture Series. February, 2015.

Diane Ravitch interview with Charlie Rose. January, 2015.

Public Schools for Sale? April, 2014

Diane Ravitch interview with Bill Moyers about the sale of public schools. March, 2014.

Diane Ravitch interview with Melissa Perry. October, 2013.

Diane Ravitch interview with John Daily (Part 1). October, 2013.

Diane Ravitch interview with John Daily (Part 2). October, 2013.

Diane Ravitch interview Tavis Smiley and Cornel West on NPR. December, 2012.

Diane Ravitch interviewed by Michael Lipkin on Chicago Tonight. November 20, 2012.

Diane Ravitch interviewed by Evan Smith for the PBS program “Overheard”. October 18, 2012.

Diane Ravitch talks with Anthony Salcito on Daily Edventures. October 11, 2012.

Professor Ravitch talks to host Michel Martin on NPR. October 10, 2012.

Diane was interviewed by Pete Dominick on P*O*T*U*S radio in New York City. September 25, 2012.

Diane was interviewed for Arizona State University’s Inside the Academy series. Audrey Amrein-Beardsley conducted a wide-ranging 100-minute interview.

Randi Kaye, from CNN, speaks to former assistant secretary of education Diane Ravitch on the state of our schools. August 24th, 2012.

Diane Defends Public Education at the AFT 2012 Convention. July, 2012

Diane was interviewed by Kathleen Dunn, Wisconsin Public Radio, regarding the vote by mayors across the country who endorsed “parent trigger” laws aimed at bypassing elected school boards and giving parents at the worst public schools the opportunity to force immediate change. June 20, 2012.

Watch Diane Ravitch and Geoffrey Canada duke it out at Education Nation, September 2011.

Interview by Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, April 2011.

Diane was a guest on the KCRW program To the Point. The topic was “Evaluating Teachers Publicly,&#8221 February 28, 2012.

Diane was interviewed as part of Oakland University’s Podcasts for Leaderful Schools series, December 8, 2011 (also available via iTunes)

Washington State School Directors’ Association President Mary Fertakis, interviewed Diane prior to her keynote address to the 2011 WSSDA Annual Conference in Bellevue, WA, November 19, 2011.

Ross Reynolds interviewed Diane on the KUOW program The Conversation, November 18, 2011.

Diane Ravitch Defends Teachers and Public Education. October, 2011.

Kathleen Dunn of Wisconsin Public Radio, interviewed Diane on her program, October 20, 2011.

NPR, Talk of the Nation, “What Works To Close The Education Gap” featuring Angel Harris and Diane Ravitch, August 22, 2011.

NAESP Radio, the National Association of Elementary School Principals spoke to Diane, asking “Why Are Principals So Demoralized and How to Recover the Passion,” August 2011.

CBS News interviewed Diane for a segment titled “Atlanta Testing Scandal and ‘No Child Left Behind,’” July 6, 2011.

Dan Rather’s interview with Diane. May, 2011

euronews interviews Diane for a segment reporting on U.S. charter schools, May 20, 2011.

NPR, interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 28, 2011.

THIRTEEN Eye on Education series, interview with Rafael Pi Roman, March 18, 2011.

KUOR, interview on The Madeleine Brand Show, March 10, 2011.

The Daily Show, Diane was Jon Stewart’s guest to discuss the state of American education and The Death and Life of the Great American School System, March 3, 2011. (video above)

An Evening with Diane Ravitch: Interview in Colorado. February, 2011

Arizona Public Media, interview with Kimberly Craft on Arizona Illustrated, February 16, 2011.

WBAI, interview with Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark on Beyond the Pale, January 2, 2011.

KUSI-TV, interview on Good Morning San Diego, November 4, 2010.

KPBS, interview on the program These Days, November 4, 2010.

The Educator’s Personal Learning Network (PLN), Recording of Diane’s “live video chat with Educator’s PLN,”, October 19, 2010.

Merced (CA) Sun-Star, “Education Reform in Merced,” interview with Danielle Gaines (podcast), August 27, 2010.

WGBH, “The Emily Rooney Show: Race to the Top,” interview with guest host Kara Miller, August 25, 2010.

KPCC, “California Loses Race to the Top, Again,” Patt Morrison interviewing Ramon Cortines, Marty Hittelman, and Diane Ravitch, August 24, 2010.

KUOW, interview on The Conversation with Ross Reynolds, August 2, 2010.

Democracy Now, “Obama Defends Sweeping Education Reforms in Face of Criticism from Minority and Teachers’ Groups,” (Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman interviewing Diane Ravitch and Leonie Haimson), July 30, 2010.

GRITtv, “Diane Ravitch: Race to the Top or Skim off the Top?,” interview with Laura Flanders, posted July 20, 2010.

CUNY TV, interview on City Talk with Doug Muzzio, part 1 and part 2, June 1, 2010.

WEAA, interview on The Marc Steiner Show, May 27, 2010.

WNYC, interview on The Leonard Lopate Show, May 25, 2010.

WSHU (NPR), “Two Sides of ‘Race to the Top’ Debate,” Mark Herz interviewing Diane Ravitch and Alex Johnston, May 14, 2010.

T.E.N. (The Education Network, School District of Palm Beach County), “The State of Education: A Dialogue with Dr. Diane Ravitch,” interview with Alan Gerstel, May 12, 2010.

Education News Colorado, interview with Nancy Mitchell and debate with Senator Mike Johnston, April 30, 2010.

WXXI, interview on 1370 Connection with Bob Smith, April 21, 2010.

U.S. News & World Report, “Diane Ravitch: Charter Schools Won’t Save the School System,” interview with Kenneth Terrell (podcast), April 19, 2010.

KPFA, interview on The Morning Show with Brian Edwards-Tiekert, April 16, 2010.

KQED, interview on Forum with Michael Krasny, April 14, 2010.

PBS, interview with Tavis Smiley, April 13, 2010.

KPCC (Southern California Public Radio), interview with Patt Morrison, April 12, 2010.

EconTalk, interview with Russ Roberts, April 12, 2010 (recorded April 7).

WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio), interview on Eight Forty-Eight, April 8, 2010.

BBC, “No Child Left Behind Has Been a Failure,” interview on World News America with Matt Frei, April 8, 2010.

MSNBC, interview with Andrea Mitchell, March 26, 2010 (transcript here).

MSNBC, interview with Monica Novotny, March 18, 2010.

PBS, Jeffrey Brown interviewing Bob Wise and Diane Ravitch on Newshour, March 17, 2010.

Economic Policy Institute, interview, March 15, 2010.

eSN.TV, interview with eSchool News, February 11, 2010; posted March 12, 2010.

WAMU 88.5 FM, interview on The Diane Rehm Show, March 11, 2010.

C-SPAN, “After Words with Diane Ravitch,” interview on BookTV with Valerie Strauss, March 10, 2010.

WNYC, interview on The Brian Lehrer Show, March 8, 2010.

Democracy Now, interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, part 1 and part 2, March 5 and March 8, 2010.

NRO Radio, interview on Between the Covers with John J. Miller, March 2, 2010.

NPR, “Former ‘No Child Left Behind’ Advocate Turns Critic,” interview on Morning Edition with Steve Inskeep, March 2, 2010.

Learning Matters, “Race to the Top: Podcast—Play Money,” interview with John Merrow, December 3, 2009.

Learning Matters, “Privatization Will Not Help Us Achieve Our Goals,” interview with John Merrow, August 4, 2009.

The Daily Show, interview with Jon Stewart about The Language Police, May 14, 2003.

NPR, interview on Fresh Air with Terri Gross about The Language Police, April 29, 2003.

WAMU 88.5 FM, interview on The Diane Rehm Show about Left Back, September 29, 2000.

C-SPAN, interview with Brian Lamb on BookTV about Left Back, September 2000.

Interviews in Print

Diane Ravitch is a guest on Uprising: Subverting the Airwaves “Critiquing Common Core: How One Billionaire Changed Public School Curricula” March 20, 2014.

Diane Ravitch answers questions posed by Amy Dean. “What’s College for Anyway? A Debate over the Role of Higher Education,” with Lee Bollinger, Michael Crow, Elaine Tuttle Hansen, Robert Zemsky, Diane Ravitch, and Newsweek Deputy Editor Debra Rosenberg, October 26, 2009.

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A Conversation with Diane Ravitch

Watch Diane’s interview with Lauren Steiner, May 22, 2019 here

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No Child Left Untested

Check out Diane’s view points about over-testing of children here.

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Diane Ravitch–Teachers Make a Difference

60 seconds with Diane Ravitch. You can watch it here

Top 20 Education Thought Leaders in 2017

For the second year in a row, TrustED editors have compiled a list of some of the top education thought leaders, and Diane is listed as one of the top “Veterans” to consider following:

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Listen to Diane Ravitch talk about the problems with the Common Core standards

Diane Ravitch talks about the problems with Common Core standards, you can watch here

Diane Ravitch had powerful things to say about our current state of education and the arts, at the National Art Education Convention in New York City, March 2, 2017.Diane Ravitch had powerful things to say about our current state of education and the arts, at the National Art Education Convention in New York City, March 2, 2017.

Diane Ravitch had powerful things to say about our current state of education and the arts, at the National Art Education Convention in New York City, March 2, 2017.

Watch a clip from Diane Ravitch’s interview at the NAEA Convention on March 2, 2017.  Diane speaks about what it means to speak with love and humanity.

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Watch Diane Ravitch on the Tavis Smiley Show

On February 16, 2017, Diane was interviewed by PBS’s Tavis Smiley. You can watch Diane talk about the privatization of public education and the dangers to public education that it presents by clicking here.





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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Diane appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on March 3, 2011.

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Fresh Air on NPR

On April 28, Diane was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air. Diane talks about how standardized testing undermines teaching.

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Your Bottom Line on CNN

On October 8, 2011, Diane was interviewed by Christine Romans for the program Your Bottom Line on CNN:

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Becoming the Master of Your Trade

Inside the Academy conducted a four-part series of interviews with Diane, covering a very wide range of topics, from Diane’s personal history and upbringing to her current work. One portion of that interview appears above.