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The California accent

Do Californians even have an accent? When I explored this question in a feature for The California Report, it created a huge buzz among public radio audiences throughout the state. Here’s what happened:

MOOC experiments in question

Top California brass, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom, wagered that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) could help solve the state’s higher education bottlenecks. Not surprisingly, some professors at San Jose State University were resistant to the idea. But what about instructors who were creating the online classes? And students who were taking them?

MOOC experiments in question

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Top California brass, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom, wagered that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) could help solve the state’s higher education bottlenecks. Not surprisingly, some professors resisted.

But what about the instructors creating the online classes? And the students taking them? Did they think startups had developed a better method than traditional classes?

Pressure mounts as GED deadline nears

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It can take months, or even years, to prepare for and complete all five parts of the GED exam. But if the test happens to change in the middle of your efforts, you’ll have to start all over.

When the GED gets updated, any sections completed in the old version are considered incompatible – and thrown out.

Adults trying to pass this test usually have a lot on their plates. So I wanted to see how the impending deadline was affecting them.

My story

Charla Bear is a design lead, senior researcher, and award-winning journalist. She leads project teams at the human-centered innovation firm, IDEO. 

Love is the Thread

Navajo tribal member Anecita Hernandez lives hundreds of miles away from the reservation. Distanced from her culture, she makes powwow regalia to connect to the Bay Area’s Native American community.

I co-produced this short documentary with Alex Peregord.