In just one year, everything in one ordinary public middle school changed. It went from an incoming class of thirty sixth graders—most of them Black, Latino, and Middle Eastern—to a class of 103 sixth graders.
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As the school year moved forward, the fundraising committee planned a gala at the French Embassy. And the PTA planned a separate, Spring Carnival.
Producer Chana Joffe-Walt fills in for Ira Glass this week. We hear from a person you don’t normally hear from in these kinds of stories — the partner of a man who has been accused of sexual harassment.
Growing up, Deanna is told that relationships with men won’t be easy: that men are dumb and she’ll have to make sense of things for them. Throughout her twenties, this proves true.
Alternet editors try to figure out what to make of Deanna’s odd behavior at an all-staff dinner. (3 minutes)
When Onnesha asks Don for a raise, he asks her a weird question.
Don’s behavior grows increasingly troubling to Deanna.
Tana is clear on how to deal with Don.
Kristen has no trouble naming what’s going on with Don: sexual harassment. She’s the first Alternet employee angry enough to try to do something about it.
We return to Vivian, Don’s partner, who reflects on how to incorporate some new information into the story of her own relationship with him.