Recess Reboot: Johnny Appleseed Day
Culture / Recess

Recess Reboot: Johnny Appleseed Day

By: John Cech
Today is Johnny Appleseed Day, which marks the death, in 1843, of one of our nation’s most intriguing personages. He was born John Chapman, in 1775 in Leominster, Massachusetts, the son of a Minuteman, Nathaniel Chapman, who could well have been the yeoman farmer who fired “the shot heard round the world” Continue reading

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Recess Reboot: Helen Levitt’s Children
Local / Recess

Recess Reboot: Helen Levitt’s Children

By: John Cech
Four girls are walking down the sidewalk, their backs to us. It is summer, and they are dressed in shorts and sundresses. It’s a gritty, stained street. Three of the girls are black, and one is white, but they are comfortably strolling together, all intently looking over their left shoulders at something that is barely visible Continue reading

Recess Reboot: A Brief History of Recess
Recess

Recess Reboot: A Brief History of Recess

“Recess!” aired on public radio from 2001-2008 as a daily, three-minute program for adults that explored the dynamic cultures of childhood, past and present, and around the world.  Created, produced, and hosted by author/professor John Cech, Recess! became a regular voice on public radio on behalf of children’s culture and its vital, lasting importance.  From … Continue reading