On high school graduation day, the future looks bright, especially for Boston’s valedictorians. But as years pass, things come to look quite different for the city’s top students. A quarter of them didn’t finish college within six years. Many wanted to be doctors, and today, none of them are. On this episode, Meghan Irons and Malcolm Gay of the Boston Globe take us behind their investigation into how the city’s valedictorians are fairing more than a decade after graduation. The project offered a new approach to investigating inequality and could be replicated in any community.

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MUSIC

Donnalee (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

True Blue Sky (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Lakeside Path (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Insatiable Toad  (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Lupi (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Boston Landing (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

 

CREDITS

Abby Ivory-Ganja reported this episode. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.