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A series about what it's really like to start a business.
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Success Academy 1: The Problem
The Story: Eva Moskowitz wants to fix a really big problem. There are over a million kids in New York City’s public schools. Most can’t read or do math at grade level. Many won’t graduate on time. And it’s largely poor, black and brown kids who are stuck in the lowest performing schools. Eva’s the founder and CEO of Success Academy, the subject of this season of StartUp. And she’s actually making progress. Her school network is growing at lightning speed, and her students get among the highest standardized-test scores in the city, beating out schools in some of the wealthiest districts. And the education world is watching. But not everyone likes what they see. In this season, we ask how exactly Success is doing what it’s doing, and why does it have so many critics?Today, on the first of our six-part series about Success, we meet a mother, Sherisse, who desperately wants her son to get into Success, so that he can have opportunities she never had herself. And we go inside a Success classroom on the first day of school, to see what parents like Sherisse are clamoring for.The Facts:Peter Leonard mixed the episode. Our theme song is by Mark Philips, remixed by Bobby Lord. Build Buildings wrote and performed our special ad music. Additional music by Peter Leonard, Bobby Lord, Hot Moms Dot Gov, Jupyter, Mothica,Golden Gram and BlueDot.For a list of our sponsors and show related offer codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers 
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Douglas Van Aartsen

I've been listening to the podcast of the Success Academy. I must say that the podcast is imminently fair. It provides the strengths of a place like Success Academy who does a great job with lots of kids and especially lots of kids who would not ordinarily have a shot at college or even a basic education. But it speaks about the limitations of there regemented style as well. Not everyone is going to thrive under a high demand formula, and not every parent/family is willing to make the priority of their children more important than their own comfort and peace of mind. So with vast improvement Success Academy is able to achieve in outcomes for many children there will be some students who will be left outside of that success along the way. It also shows the strength of the 'normal" public school. It is able to make allowances for some behavior and effort that a high demand and high functioning school cannot. Unfortunately that means making the lowest functioning children the standard by which the classroom will be measured." I was a public school teacher in the late 70's in rural Iowa, and even then we teachers would say to each other (and this was in a school system where more than half of the students would attend college) that if we could get back to seeing education as a privelege rather than a right and be able to move some of the disruptive children out of the normal education classrooms the level of education and accomplishment for the majority of the children would be much improved. If that was so then, I can only imagine how much more it must be true today. Given the oppositon to raising taxes and the iron fist of the teacher's union, I'm afraid we are going to have to choose our maxim. Will we strive for the best education for the majority of our students or will we allow the most needy children to lower the quality of the education for the majority of the students so that these more needy students can succeed at a higher level. I have never seen an answer that rewards and challenges the average and superior students, while not leaving the others behind. I've heard of a few really, really, gifted teachers who can pull this off for their own classroom, but their techniques were not transferable to a teachr of more modest gifts. Thanks for your good work and helping me to think constructively about this. I just wish that there were some easy answer.

Dec 18th
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Logan Maddox

This is my new favorite podcast! I love the moment that you are starting!

Nov 4th
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Patrick McKinney

If people are interested in hearing some good arguments against the complementarian view and for women leadership in churches, check out the Almost Heretical podcast. they have a series on this topic.

Sep 5th
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Ashish Abraham

can u tell please John to watch a guy called Alpha M and read How to win friends and influence People by Dale Carnegie. I know it not directly related but I think it will help man. Thanks guys

Aug 30th
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Douglas Van Aartsen

I am a retired pastor who helped start several churches. I enjoy the honesty in this series. This is a very brave church planting couple. The theological battles spoken about in episode four are difficult for many established conservative and some evangelical churches.

Aug 8th
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Kathryn Whitbourne

Im loving this series on the church plant. It really captures the tension between working for God and for yourself

Aug 2nd
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Travis Tweet

love the show, its my first time hearing about serial

Jul 18th
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Dimitri

Do they ever stop crying?

Jul 18th
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Luis Ramirez

religion is a great way to make money, it's also a sham.

Jun 29th
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Aditya Vettikunnel

this is an amazing story

May 17th
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Black Butterfly

Great series on Backstage Capital. So much courage in the face of uncertainty. Can't wait for the next episode!! Cliffhanger.

May 12th
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Anthony Perry

starting to get pretty liberal

Nov 25th
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Judy Hines

wish I could purchase the song! What a talent!

Oct 10th
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Janet Jiang

When I saw the title, I thought it would be success stories like many other podcasts. After I listened to one episode, I knew I was wrong. This podcast teaches me StartUp is not a fancy word. It's really the hard thing of hard things.

Sep 23rd
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Josefine Olsson

Janet Jiang ååå

Jan 30th
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Alina Ann Zachariah

it's nice to hear about Start up

Sep 21st
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Joseph geren

found startup by accident really educational maybe I'll find my own startup!

Sep 5th
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iTunes User

Long-time fan of Alex’s work on This American Life and Planet Money. It’s exciting to follow along as he steps out and creates his own company. This is a refreshing startup story. This isn't about some band of ambitious college drop-outs; rather, this is a grown man leaving a full-time job to create something out of nothing. It's risky, and Alex is honest about the struggles and anxiety involved. First episode hooked me. I'm psyched to see where this goes.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

A podcast mini-series about starting a podcast business. This will either make you want to stop everything you are currently doing and have (job security, namely) to start something new (a potentially ground-breaking business, for instance)…or make you never want to change anything in your life ever. Less obtusely, a really close--and at times cringe-inducing--personal account of what it's like to start a company, what's it like to shake-up your family (of four, no less), what it's like to try and get a guy who invested in TWITTER to invest in your idea. And all told in that folksy, sweet, soul-swelling, This American Life way.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

I can’t believe i’m the first review! I’m a huge fan of planet money and have been listening to this American Life since I was a kid, this show is cut from the same stuff, fun, informative and interesting! I just listed to the first 2 episodes and can’t wait for the next one. (also I think the business Idea is amazing, I am someone who used to listen to radio and now only listens to podcasts and I’m always running out of good content. I’ve tried dozens and still only have a 5 or 6 key shows I listen to regularly.)

Aug 30th
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Barrett Urness

Fascinating storytelling about the beginning of a new media company. Full of humor and expertly produced, I binge listened to the first two seasons and surprisingly the second season is no let down even with a shift in story.

Jun 15th
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Torrence Mays

Barrett Urness Their content is amazing. I'm a fan of Gimlet Media and I give all credit to this podcast, Startup. If you like this one, check out their two other podcasts called Open for Business (partnership with eBay) and Reply All.

Jun 16th
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