Archive for July, 2012

July 30, 2012

Education dominates local election and our conversation

“law of unintended consequences, ”  $15-million more in school “savings,” does it affect Mississippi, Arkansas, West Tennessee,  neighbors’ separated, jaywalking — just some of the aspects touched upon in this discussion

Ken and Eddie

Ken & Eddie

Eddie Settles and Ken Welch engaged in A Memphis Conversation July 28, 2012. Once again it seems the pending merger of the city and county school districts and the imminent election of 7 board of education members is a major concern in the community.  Apparently that includes Eddie and Ken because that’s mostly what they talk about in this edition of A Memphis Conversation.

We hope you will listen to A Memphis Conversation and it will encourage you to engage in conversations with those you know about important public issues.

Listen:

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Length:  1 hour 56 minutes

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July 19, 2012

Our first Internet conversation – Listen and start your own conversation

Our first audio blog was recorded Saturday, June 30, 2012 and you may listen with the player below.

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Our topic for this discussion was almost entirely public education. Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, are about to enter into one of the largest school districts mergers ever in the USA. A committee of distinguished individuals is leading a planning effort, the school districts are preparing, and lots of issues are ripe for discussion.
Length 1 hour, 21 minutes

July 3, 2012

Did they really say that?

Well, yes, we probably did.

The only way to know for sure, though, is to listen.

A Memphis Conversation is just that. A discussion originating in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, presented here as an audio blog.

Have you ever had a long talk with a friend about public issues and found it both fun and enlightening? We have, and that’s why we decided to share our conversations with you.

We don’t want you just to listen, though. We want you to start your own conversations about matters that matter. Politics, faith, education, philosophy, journalism, whatever issues of public importance affect your community, or our nation. Just keep it polite and be willing to change your mind if another person makes a convincing argument.

Join us. Join others. Listen and discuss.

Thank you.