Max Kenner Interviewed on The Business of Giving
March 13, 2016
BPI's executive director, Max Kenner, was interviewed by Denver Frederick on the weekly radio show The Business of Giving. The program is the only show of its kind that focuses on solutions for today's complex social problems, addressing important and relevant issues such as matters related to education.
Max Kenner was Interviewed by NPR's Here & Now About BPI's Debate Team Win Against Harvard
October 9, 2015
In September 2015, on a prison stage in front of more than 150 spectators and a panel of national college debate judges, a group of convicted inmates from the Eastern New York Correctional Facility challenged Harvard University's national championship-winning debate team. The BPI students - who research without the
Internet (because it’s not allowed), and wait weeks for the books they need to be
cleared by security - win.
George Chochos '10 Featured on NPR's Where We Live
July 1, 2015
Featured in this NPR Where We Live broadcast is BPI alumnus, George Chochos, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees while in prison in New York State. Joining him are educators from the Center for Prison Education, which offers Wesleyan University classes to inmates at several prisons in Connecticut as well as a researcher from the RAND Corporation who discusses a study
on the effectiveness of correctional education programs across the U.S.
Megan Callaghan. Renewed Hope for the Incarcerated Through College Education.
October 19, 2014
This is a continued discussion about the Bard Prison Initiative with Dr. Megan Callaghan, the Director of Operations for BPI and a classroom instructor.
Inspiring Educators: Donnell Hughes. Bard Prison Initiative. A Second Chance.
October 6, 2014
This is a story of redemption. This is a story of Donnell Hughes. His story will challenge your concept of forgiveness, the value of education, the power of optimism, and the dedicated educators who have never forgotten the promise to the forgotten.
Uptown Radio, Uptown Radio Cuomo Seeks Private Funds for “Prison University” Plan
April 11, 2014
Governor Cuomo dropped his plan to provide state-funded post-secondary education for New York State inmates, after some legislators rallied against the
proposal throughout late February. Now, reports say he is trying to find private funding for privately funded non-profits that already bring college tuition to state prisons.
NPR Ed Interview with a Recent BPI Alumnus: A Former Drug Dealer Gives a Great Defense of the Liberal Arts
June 21, 2014
In preparation for my visit to the 11th annual commencement ceremony of the Bard Prison Initiative, I sat down for a conversation with Donnell Hughes, an alumnus of the program. BPI, as it's called, gives inmates at six prisons around New York state the opportunity to study in person with professors not only from Bard College, but from MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Vassar and local community colleges.
Around the Nation, N.Y. Governor Says College For Inmates Will Pay Of For Taxpayers
March 11, 2014
America used to have a robust college education system for prison inmates. It was seen as a way to rehabilitate men and women behind bars by helping them go straight when they got out. Those taxpayer-funded college classes were defunded in the 1990s. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would like to bring them back in the state, prompting a fierce new debate over higher education in state prisons.
BPI Featured on NPR's Marketplace: In Prison and Getting an Education
May 26, 2014
In a classroom, about a dozen men are discussing "The Odyssey," talking about the part where Odysseus comes home after being away for so long. It’s hard not to imagine that the story has an added poignancy for them, students in the Bard College program at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a prison in upstate New York.
Prison Degree, Life After Lockdown: Can Getting an Education Behind Bars Keep You From Going Back?
March 8, 2014
Studies show that ex-offenders who are educated can get jobs and more easily turn their lives around in a positive direction. We are taking a big picture look at what it's like for people coming home from prison. What are the biggest challenges? What makes them go back to their old ways? What are the actions of those who successfully reinvent their lives and never go back? We plan to talk
about every aspect of this challenge that affects so many (mostly) young men.
Fresh Air, Turning Orderly Lives into Chaos
September 15, 2010
Terry Gross interviews two-time National Book Award nominee Scott Spencer, who talks about his experience teaching fiction writing for the Bard Prison Initiative.
All Things Considered, Bard Conservatory Orchestra Performs at Local Prison
December 4, 2009
Lara Pellegrinelli interviews BPI Executive Director Max Kenner, a BPI student, and a Bard College student in her story about the Bard Conservatory Orchestra’s performance in Eastern Correctional Facility, which is believed to be the first time a full orchestra has performed within an American prison.
The Leonard Lopate Show, Teaching Inmates
November 4, 2008
An interview with BPI Executive Director Max Kenner and BPI Alumnus Justice Walston. Lopate, Kenner, and Walston discuss the withdrawal of public support for higher education in prisons during the mid-1990s, the subsequent entry of Bard College into the New York State prison system, and the merits of higher
education in prison.