Three Miles Podcast

This American Life podcast “Three Miles” follows the lives of two poor public school students as they visit a wealthy private school. Although both students reacted differently to the experience Melanie quickly became the big topic of discussion. Melanie was considered a smart student and was so traumatized from the visit that she ran away and disappeared. Turned out that she graduated early, was in the finals for a prestigious scholarship but never got it, and ended up working at a supermarket. What really got me was that everyone in her hometown expected better of her and yet for the past ten years nothing has happened. I was expecting a better story ending than that, from such a bright student. This story made me think about how many other smart young students have been lucked out of receiving a proper education due to living in a poor district? It’s a haunting reality that supermarkets could be full of promising people just like Melanie.

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