Radio Reporter Kyle Palmer is Handing Teachers the Mic
Here’s a fact: Kids these days call each other “the G.O.A.T.” and “so extra.” Want to know why? Kyle Palmer (Houston ’06), a reporter for Kansas City’s KCUR public radio station, has you covered. His weekly No Wrong Answers podcast features area teachers sounding off on everything from bizarre pre-teen fads to national politics to Hollywood’s takes on classrooms (“Kindergarten Cop is a 100-percent-true story,” one guest said). Prior to journalism, Palmer spent nine years in the classroom, including one in a small town in Kerala, India. He shared with One Day his thoughts on books, local news, and Bollywood’s catchiest tunes.Favorite podcasts?
There are a lot of niche podcasts, like by a school district or an individual teacher who’s into one particular topic. But I haven’t been able to find one for a more general listener. No Wrong Answers is something that any teacher, anywhere, could listen to.Dream studio guest?
Salman Rushdie’s Midnight's Children, about a young man whose life parallels India’s journey to independence.Speaking of India, any Bollywood bests?
Schools Decide to Do Away with Standardized Tests.
Find the local journalists. Follow state legislature reporters. Every single day I learn something from them about the process of local government, the process of state government.Anything banned from your media diet?
Spoilers. I don’t have an HBO subscription, so I always watch Game of Thrones a year late.How do you unplug?
I make Spotify playlists. I like taking a single artist or a band and listening to them over and over again for a week to put myself in that artist’s shoes.After a long day reporting, you…
...go home and watch two or three episodes of Family Guy. My wife absolutely hates it.You used to call play-by-play for high school and college sports. Do you have a favorite sports movie?
No Wrong Answers Episode #1: The "Flush With Cash" Lesson
Episodes of No Wrong Answers, produced by Fountain City Frequency and sponsored by Teach For America - Kansas City, are available on iTunes and wherever you stream your podcasts. You can also stream them from the podcast’s official website. Full episodes are released every Monday, with shorter “Extra Credit” episodes released on Wednesdays. You can also follow the show on Twitter and Facebook, or follow the show’s host, Kyle Palmer.
About the Author
Paula Ann Solis joined One Day as a staff writer in 2016. She began reporting in Texas, and most recently she covered local and state education issues in Alaska’s capital, along with crime. She now lives in Houston, Texas. Email Paula Ann Solis.