Inspired by s What I Read series that asks interesting people to describe their “media diets,” this page is a quick summary of the sources of news and commentary I encounter on a regular basis.
I post this since being explicit here about what sources I regularly partake in forces me to be more aware of how diverse (or un-diverse) these sources are. I’m a big fan of hearing multiple perspectives on something, but I often find myself inadvertently falling into a filter bubble of my own design.
I read Google News several times per day. In addition to the national and international headlines, I also have Google News collect local news as well as any education-related news that has been published that day.
I listen to about 10 minutes of NPR on my commutes to and from work each day (except during the 15-16 school year, when my “commute” involves a peaceful one mile walk across the Charles River.)
At least weekly (and usually lots of times per week):
I’m usually participating in several Coursera courses (and in 15-16, lots of in-person courses).
I use Feedly (in place of Google Reader, may it rest in peace) to collect the the newest work from a wide variety of sources.
There are a number of writers for whom I use Feedly to read everything they post (or least almost everything). For example:
- Dan Meyer, who currently has the strongest vision for improved of anyone I have ever read.
- Math With Bad Drawings which has great insight on lots of things I like to think about, presented in a particularly engaging way!
- FiveThirtyEight (everything except the sports stuff).
I also have a huge “Sometimes” Feedly which follows posts from ~90 sources on a wide variety of topics that I read when I have extra time. This includes lots of stuff about education, , lots of stuff about economics, Nick Kristof, lots of stuff about community development, Chalkbeat Tennessee, blogs for lots of organizations I like, and lots of other stuff. When this gets to around 200 articles in the queue, I usually mark all as read and start fresh.
I usually keep up pretty well with John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, usually via clips posted online.
I “like” the Facebook pages of scores of interesting people and organizations (at last check, I was up to about 400, some of which aren’t very active) and I read many articles posted by them and by other Facebook friends each day.
Some notable ones I tend to enjoy the most: Ashoka (and it’s offshoots related to empathy and changemaker education in college and high school), Brain Pickings, I fucking love science, and a WIDE variety of education reform pages (from TFA/Michelle Rhee’s Students First to Sir Ken Robinson to the NEA to a bunch of teachers opposing testing/NCLB/Race to the Top and everything in between). MindShift (by KQED) posts some great innovative education stuff. CityLab from The Atlantic does a good job at pushing me to think about how cities work (and how they can work better).
When I come across an interesting article posted by one of these sources or by another friend, if I don’t have time to read it (or I’m just not in the mood), I save it Pocket to read later. When I have some extra time, I go through my Pocket queue and read articles I have saved.
Also, as I’m reading any article, if I see an interesting link that I want to explore more later, I also immediately save it to Pocket. I usually have about two weeks worth of stuff in Pocket at any given time, so it will usually be about two weeks before I read whatever new things I save there. Interestingly, if I am reading an article and save some links from that article, when I read those links ~two weeks later, it helps me think about that topic again, instead of just forgetting about it after reading the original article two weeks prior. I think this helps me learn and think about things more deeply.
Audio Podcasts (while working out and during long car trips):
The Billionaire Who Wasn’t by Conor O’Clery
Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald Heifetz
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich