Driving in the Left Lane! 

with host Thorne Dreyer
Cutting-edge alternative journalism, politics, and culture

in the spirit of the Sixties underground press.

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 2-3 p.m. (CST)
KOOP 91.7-FM, Austin, Texas
Fighting for Public Education!
Julian Vasquez Heilig, UT-Austin Education Professor
Michael Klonsky, 'Small Schools' Advocate
Michael Klonsky, left, and Julian Vaquez Heilig.


Julian Vasquez Heilig, an award-winning researcher and teacher, is an Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research includes examining how high-stakes testing and accountability-based reforms and market reforms impact urban minority students. His work has been cited by The New York Times and other major media outlets and he has appeared on PBS, NBC, NBCLatino, NPR, Univision, and MSNBC. He blogs at Cloaking Inequity, consistently rated one of the top 50 education websites in the world by Teach100.


Mike Klonsky, a veteran of SDS and the civil rights and anti-war movement, is a Chicago-based educator, an education theorist, and a public schools activist, and is one of the leaders of the modern small schools movement which has done much to transform the face of secondary school education in the U.S. Klonsky, who teaches in the College of Education at DePaul University, is the author of Small Schools: The Numbers Tell a Story and co-author, with Bill Ayers and Gabe Lyon, of A Simple Justice: The Challenge for Teachers in Small Schools. His SmallTalk Blog is read by thousands of educators and activists.


Vasquez Heilig is hosting the Network for Public Education's first National Conference, March 1- 2, 2014, at the Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Mike Klonsky is moderating a panel on "Movement Building" at the gathering of leading public education activists. The group was founded by noted author and educational policy analyst Diane Ravitch in 2013, and has become a prominent voice in the education reform debate.



Jim Hightower, Eliza Gilkyson, and Betsy Leondar-Wright. 


Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP-91.7 FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas.

Rag Radio can also be heard on:

  • WFTE 90.3-FM in Mt. Cobb, PA & 105.7-FM in Scranton, PA, Sunday at 10 a.m. (EST) and streamed here,
  • KPFT HD-3 90.1 (Pacifica Radio) in Houston, Wednesday at 1 p.m. (CST) and streamed here.
Listen to podcasts of all Rag Radio shows at the Internet Archive.
February 21, 2014

Glenn Smith and Jeff Crosby are "Talkin' Texas Politics" on Rag Radio. Progress Texas PAC director Smith and influential Democratic political consultant Crosby engage in a lively discussion about hot topics in Texas

politics -- like Gregg Abbott's buddy Ted Nugent! and the Wendy Davis campaign for Texas Governor -- and their long-term implications.  



 Listen to the podcast of this show. 


Photo by Alan Pogue
Rag Radio
Host and producer: Thorne Dreyer
Co-producer and engineer: Tracey Schultz

Rag Radio features hour-long in-depth interviews and discussion about issues of progressive politics, culture, and history.  Our guests include newsmakers, artists, leading thinkers, and public figures -- from Austin, Texas, and around the world.

Host Thorne Dreyer was a founding editor of Austin's historic Sixties underground newspaper, The Rag, a founding editor of Space City! in Houston, an editor at LNS in New York, and a former station manager of KPFT-FM (Pacifica) in Houston.  He now edits The Rag Blog and is on the board of the New Journalism Project.  With roots in the Sixties, Rag Radio often features content about the history of Austin's unique counterculture and its political and literary traditions.

Contact us at ragradio@koop.org.

Become a supporter of The Rag Blog
and Rag Radio.

Rag Radio is a syndicated radio show produced in the studios of KOOP-FM, in Austin, Texas.  Rag Radio and The Rag Blog are projects of the New Journalism Project, a Texas non-profit with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

The New Journalism Project
P.O. Box 16442
Austin TX 78761-6442