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Saturday, March 14, 2015 Permalink

Three Miles

There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other is private and costs $43,000/year. They are three miles apart. The hope is that kids connect, but some of the public school kids just can’t get over the divide. We hear what happens when you get to see the other side and it looks a lot better. (Beeped version)


Ira Glass introduces producer Chana Joffe-Walt, who reports this week's story.


Act One

Chana Joffe-Walt tells what happened when of a group of public school students in the Bronx went to visit an elite private school three miles away.


Act Two

The kids who traveled three miles up the road are in their mid-20s now. We hear how what they saw affected them for years, including at college. Chana reports.