Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Radio/Podcast Interviews

= Highly Recommended


Paul Tough: Kids Want Challenges and Connection

Positive Coaching Alliance podcast, September 2016

Paul Tough Interview

Michael Covel, Trend Following Radio, September 8, 2016

Paul Tough: Helping Children Succeed

Sam Seder, Majority Report podcast, August 25, 2016

Environments and Experiences that Promote Grit, Character, and Success

Marti & Erin Erickson, Mom Enough podcast, August 15, 2016

‘Helping Children Succeed’: Author Paul Tough Takes a Second Look at Success

Knowledge@Wharton, SiriusXM, July 26, 2016

How to Develop an Intrinsically Motivated Child

Ryan Hawk, The Learning Leader Show, July 25, 2016

Learning from Failure

Vinay Seshachellam, “They Don’t Teach That” podcast, July 10, 2016

PAUL TOUGH: Helping Children Succeed

Moe Abdou, 33 Voices podcast, July 5, 2016

Parenting Teens: Paul Tough on Helping Children Succeed

Pam Hardy, The Biggest Job’s Parenting Teens podcast, June 21, 2016

What Works to Help Low-Income Kids and Why

Armin Brott, Positive Parenting podcast, June 20, 2016

Education Guru Paul Tough On Helping Children Succeed

Jennifer White, Morning Shift, WBEZ (Chicago), June 17, 2016

Paul Tough on How Environments Can Help Children Build Curiosity and Grit

Mina Kim, KQED (San Francisco), June 10, 2016

Paul Tough on Helping Children Succeed in School and in Life

The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman, June 2, 2016

Can You Teach Students About Grit and Determination Without Talking About It?

Mitch Teich, “Lake Effect,” WUWM (Milwaukee), June 1, 2016

EdSurge Podcast Q&A With Paul Tough

Tony Wan, EdSurge, May 31, 2016

Paul Tough: Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why

Justin Baeder, Principal Center Radio, May 30, 2016

Paul Tough on Helping Children Succeed

Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart Podcast, May 27, 2016

Helping Kids Overcome Adversity in the Classroom and at Home

The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, May 26, 2016

Can Non-Cognitive Skills Be Taught?

Marty West, EdNext podcast, May 25, 2016

Helping Children Succeed

Doug Fabrizio, RadioWest, KUER (Salt Lake City), May 25, 2016

Teaching The Intangibles: How To Ingrain ‘Grit’ In Students

Michel Martin, All Things Considered, NPR, May 22, 2016

Paul Tough on Helping Children Succeed

Matt Weber, Harvard EdCast, Harvard Graduate School of Education, May 19, 2016

How Important Is Grit?

“The Money Jar,” Junior Achievement Radio (Vancouver, Wash.), January 28, 2016

No Limits Interview with Paul Tough

WFYI (Indianapolis), November 20, 2014

Paul Tough on How Children Succeed

American RadioWorks, August 19, 2014

MPR Top Coast Festival: Paul Tough and Richard Louv on Children and Character

MPR News Presents, Minnesota Public Radio, June 9, 2014

Hacking Higher Ed

Radio Open Source, WBUR (Boston), May 22, 2014

Mom And Dad Are Fighting: The Two Kids in a Hot Car Edition

Slate Parenting Podcast, May 21, 2014

The Graduation Gap: Why Low Income Students Often Fare Poorly In College

Sam Baker, KERA (Dallas), May 21, 2014

Do We Really Have a Plan for At-Risk Kids?

“State of Opportunity,” Michigan Public Radio, April 17, 2014

Developing Character in Children

Mister Mom with David Marin, KSCO (Santa Cruz, California), December 8, 2013

Deutschlandradio Kultur Discussion

Deutschlandradio Kultur (Germany), November 29, 2013. [Not an interview; rather, a discussion in German between two radio hosts about “How Children Succeed.”]

Kids and Success

Information Radio with Marcy Markusa, CBC Radio Manitoba, October 15, 2013

Paul Tough at Aspen Ideas Festival (with James Bennet)

Minnesota Public Radio, August 8, 2013

Is America Still the Land of Opportunity?

“Tell Me More,” NPR, July 1, 2013

For Middle-Class Parents, Raising Children Becomes a Consumer Arms Race

Scott Tong, Marketplace, June 10, 2013

Paul Tough on How Children Succeed

The Hugh Hewitt Show, June 5, 2013

Author Paul Tough on How Children Succeed

Eric Alan, “Living Large”, KLCC Public Radio (Eugene, Oregon), April 26, 2013

Radio New Zealand Interview: How Children Succeed

Kathryn Ryan, “Nine to Noon,” Radio New Zealand, January 29, 2013 [Audio here.]

How Do You Learn Grit?

“Prospero,” the books podcast of the Economist magazine, January 22, 2013

Paul Tough on Faith Middleton

The Faith Middleton Show, January 18, 2013 [Segment begins at 33:10; audio here]

How Children Succeed: A Conversation with Author Paul Tough

Mom Enough podcast, January 14, 2013

Paul Tough on Reader’s Corner

Bob Kustra, Boise State Public Radio, January 4, 2013

A Scientific Argument for Character Education

“Lake Effect,” WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, November 30, 2012

Focus Interview

Craig Cohen, “Focus,” WILL-AM, Illinois Public Media, October 30, 2012

Paul Tough on ‘How Children Succeed’

“Midday with Dan Rodricks,” WYPR Baltimore, October 30, 2012. (Note: Interview starts about 8 minutes in.)

Paul Tough and Jeff Nelson on How Children Succeed and OneGoal

The John Williams Show, WGN-AM Chicago, October 17, 2012

Paul Tough on ‘How Children Succeed’ Through Grit, Adversity

“The Daily Circuit,” Minnesota Public Radio, October 17, 2012

Advice Goddess Radio: How Children Succeed

Amy Alkon, Advice Goddess Radio, October 14, 2012

Paul Tough in Memphis to Talk about ‘How Children Succeed’

Eleanor Boudreau, Memphis Public Radio, October 9, 2012

Character Development in Education

The Regina Brett Show, WKSU Ohio Public Radio, September 22, 2012

Hidden Power of Character

American RadioWorks podcast with Emily Hanford, September 21, 2012

The Conversation with Paul Tough

“The Conversation” with Ross Reynolds, KUOW Seattle Public Radio, September 20, 2012

The Hidden Power of Character

ConsciousSHIFT with host Julie Ann Turner, Contact Talk Radio, September 19, 2012

Education Watch Podcast: Is Intelligence Really the Key to Success?

New America Foundation’s Education Watch Podcast, September 18, 2012

How Children Succeed and What Can You Learn From Them

“The Commutist” podcast, GigaOM, September 18, 2012

Paul Tough on How Children Succeed

EconTalk with host Russ Roberts, September 17, 2012

Office Hours with Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink’s “Office Hours” podcast, September 14, 2012

Eye on Books: Paul Tough

Bill Thompson’s “Eye on Books” podcast, September 14, 2012

Back to School

“This American Life,” Public Radio International, September 14, 2012

Wisconsin Public Radio interview

Veronica Rueckert, Wisconsin Public Radio, September 14, 2012

Can Schools Teach Character?

“The Afterword” podcast, Slate, September 13, 2012

Paul Tough examines how children do (and don’t) succeed

Brand and Martinez, KPCC Los Angeles, September 11, 2012

Anatomy of Success

The Family Anatomy podcast, September 10, 2012

Charlie Brennan Interview

The Charlie Brennan Show, KMOX News Radio St. Louis, September 10, 2012

Paul Tough on his new book “How Children Succeed”

“Afternoon Shift,” WBEZ Chicago, September 10, 2012

Paul Tough on “How Children Succeed”

RadioTimes, WHYY-FM Philadelphia. September 7, 2012

Paul Tough on Character

Bloomberg EDU Podcast, hosted by Jane Williams, September 7, 2012

RadioWest: How Children Succeed

RadioWest, KUER-FM Salt Lake City, September 6, 2012

Why (Some) Children Succeed

“Boston Public Radio,” WGBH public radio, Boston, September 5, 2012

Ed Next Book Club: Paul Tough on How Children Succeed

Education Next, September 5, 2012

Dallas Public Radio: How Children Succeed

“Think,” with Krys Boyd, KERA public radio, Dallas, September 4, 2012.

Paul Tough on How Children Succeed

The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC New York Public Radio, September 4, 2012

‘Children Succeed’ With Character, Not Test Scores

“Morning Edition,” NPR, September 4, 2012

Can Kids Be Taught Persistence?

KQED Mind/Shift, July 12, 2012

Podcast Friday: Failure Equals Success

American RadioWorks Podcast, September 22, 2011

The State of the Education-Reform Movement

Kathleen Dunn, Wisconsin Public Radio, July 13, 2011

The Poverty Clinic

RadioWest, KUER Utah, March 22, 2011

Schools & Community

Think Out Loud, Oregon Public Broadcasting, September 22, 2010

Assessing Harlem Children’s Zone

The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC New York, February 8, 2010

Can the Harlem Children’s Zone Work in Baltimore?

Midday with Dan Rodricks, WYPR Baltimore, January 21, 2010

Harlem Children’s Zone

Dispatches, CBC Radio, March 9, 2009

Whatever It Takes

Journey Home, Santa Fe Public Radio, February 23, 2009

Has Barack Obama Split the Difference on Education Reform?

To The Point with Warren Olney, KCRW Santa Monica, December 19, 2008

Julia McEvoy Interview

Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ Chicago, November 6, 2008

30 Issues: Education Policy

The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC New York, September 29, 2008

Going Big

This American Life, Public Radio International, September 25, 2008

Activist Aims High with Harlem Children’s Zone

Tell Me More with Michel Martin, NPR, September 24, 2008