02/08/2012 04:24 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10 Minutes With Arne Duncan

The interview began with a playful introduction:

"And today our guest is a former standout of Australia's National Basketball League, but to our non-Tasmanian listeners, you may know him better as the United States Secretary of Education."

Fresh off meetings with college presidents and government officials at several Boston area schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan looked at me and chuckled. Perhaps he wondered what the next ten minutes would hold as guest on the popular education podcast, "The Harvard EdCast." Fielding a gamut of current educational queries, from the rising cost of college tuition to the changing role of education schools across the country, Sec. Duncan reflected on these issues facing the field. In fact, his subsequent Askwith Forum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education was called, "Fighting the Wrong Education Battles."

What were these battles? Who were we fighting? What was his role? All these answers, plus Arne's NCAA predictions and lamenting of the New England Patriot's loss, are just one click away.

(Click on podcast icon below for the interview)

The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. A production of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.