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Alex Kotlowitz on Poverty and Schools

Susan Sawyers | Posted 12.08.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

We are far from perfect and tend not to talk about ways to overcome poverty. In fact, many turn a blind eye toward the intractable issues of race, ethnicity and poverty. But for Kotlowitz, it is a question of getting to those issues.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz on The Interrupters

Dan Persons | Posted 10.25.2011 | Home
Dan Persons

In the new documentary The Interrupters, director Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz follow several members of CeaseFire as they attempt to defuse conflicts before they occur.

Second Acts

Alex Kotlowitz | Posted 10.08.2011 | Home
Alex Kotlowitz

There's a moment in The Interrupters when Cobe Williams, a man who works for the Chicago anti-violence organization CeaseFire, gets a call from someone he'd met in the County Jail a number of years back.

Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz Talk The Interrupters (Video)

Mark Bazer | Posted 09.27.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Bazer

Their new documentary, The Interrupters, is the story of CeaseFire -- in particular, three people who work for the organization trying to mediate disputes and help individuals turn away from violence.

The Chicago Public School Teacher's Husband

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

Our troubles had begun when my wife Kirsten took the job teaching art, K-8, at a West Side elementary school. Then came the informal adoptions.