Drowning Grades

Welcome to my crossing boundaries podcast. This is a story about my father Jeff Petty, he crossed the boundary of self expectation. He was accepted to a really good high school, for his 10th grade year. William Penn High. A year later he was kicked out. For failing his classes. To find out the whole story please listen to this pod cast.      
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After finishing  this interview with my father, I found it odd that he said he would not have done it again. There could have been so much more in life for him. He could have gone to college and have a great life. After finishing I ask him this, he tells me that he has a great life now. I thought that his was a great response, Jeff Petty is a great father, husband and worker, without William Penn High.

Racism struggles By- Arshelle Johnson

The main story of my podcast is looking into the early life of my mom and how growing up in a white neighborhood affected her. I am telling the story of how she crossed the boundary of the racism and not letting it hold her back.Everyone knows that growing up can be a struggle in it selfs. But try growing up in the 70's in a predominantly white neighboorhood. How  can someone deal with the small racist digs everyday, from not only students but teachers.

When talking to my I feel like I learned a lot about her. I have a new respect for what she went through. She crossed a lot of boundaries. She not only proved to the teacher that she could be successful in life. I am very proud of my mom getting past those boundaries.  

Boundaries Between Gender

Where is the boundary between male and female? This question is extremely complicated and can only really be answered fully by someone who has spent time as both. ​I interviewed Jaymie Campbell at Mazzoni Center. He considers himself "queer" he is trans and agreed to talk to me about his experience being trans, the concept of being "queer" and being somewhere between male and female. We talk about where societies boundaries between male and female and at what point Jaymie felt that he switched from female to male both physically and mentally. 

Interview with Jayme part 1
​I've been a part of the lgbtq community for almost a year now, I've formed really good relationships with trans people from across the country. I generally knew what was going on with them, but there was still the question of what happens mentally. The idea of being trans is that you were born in the wrong body, so you've "always been" the gender you were, but you just need your body to follow. Even to one person there are 2 boundaries already, both the physical and mental. When you start to tune into the mind of someone who is queer, you start to realize how many seemingly simple everyday things change.Take using the bathroom for example, it's harder for someone who is queer because, if there is a mens bathroom and a female bathroom and you are anywhere in-between or out-between those two, then where do you go? 

Crossing Boundaries - Sam Olshin

Hi, I’m Molly Olshin and i’m here with my dad, Sam Olshin, i’m interviewing him about the time he crossed a difficult boundary, that a lot of people have to go through. What do you do when your parents encourage you to go down a certain career path, when you know in your heart you want to do something else? I decided to talk to my dad about this topic because of his life changing experience he had, becasue he knows what to do in this kind of situation.

When your parents enforce something you do not want to do it can get compliacted. In my dad, Sam Olshin’s case, he was really interested in art and design as a carrer, but his parents really wanted him to become a doctor, like the rest of his family. He talks about the complications he had choseing between his parents choice or his heart disere.

Interview- Dad

During this project, i learned a lot. I learned to be really careful with applications like garage band, aduacity etc. You never really know what what could happen with the progress that you’ve made. I had to redo my interview a few times, and had a lot of trouble editing. I also learned to wait last minute for any project becuase it takes patience to edit auto to make it perfect. I learn a lot about crossing boundries: Do what makes you happy, espically if the discision is going to effect your future. I did not know that much about my dad’s school life until this interview, so I learned new things about my dad. While interviewing my dad, i came across a few obsticles; not only my audio deleting, but also background noise and not being able to edit my audio easily. Giving yourself enough time to work is always extremly important. You do not want to feel rushed, becuase you want to be careful. Overall, I learn a lot doing this assignment in multiple topics.

Mother Vs. Son

We all are familiar with our classmate Kenyatta Bundy. He is a very nice and funny guy and you can always catch him laughing. We all have individual stories of our own because everyone is as unique as can be. Some of us are aware of Kenyatta`s story. However, there are many aspects, that many of you do not know.


When I first started to brainstorm on ideas about this project, it was very complicated. The very first thing that I realized was that everyone has a unique story to tell because life itself is a very difficult journey. I also noticed that there are many different ways a person can cross a boundary. Crossing a boundary does not only mean going too far or crossing a physical boundary like out of state. It could be as much as even being the rebel, and doing what others did not think you could ever achieve. However, what causes many people to cross a boundary is being unaware of other people`s feelings. From the stories heard, a lot of the people crossing boundaries did not cross them intentionally. When doing my interviews, I had to start over many times. This was one, because I got locked out, and the second time my whole project deleted. This made me very angry inside, but I realized as I found other stories to record, that each story got better and better. From the first story I was working with to the last, I noticed that I was not the only teen that was having bumps in my journey. The editing part went amazing, it was very smooth because me and Kenyatta literally just sat and talked, so not a lot of editing had to be done. In this situation, I do agree with my peers, there were many unnecessary parts that just made the audio longer than it had to be. All in all, this project made me realize a lot. My patience grew a lot stronger when I had to start my project over twice. I also appreciate my friends a lot more from hearing what they actually go through every day, and learning about the difficulties in their lives.

The Struggle of Parenting

Things I Realized While Doing This Project

We all know that parenting can define The Struggle. All mothers go through it, financially, mentally, and physically. However, most mothers do it because of the affection they feel for their child. When i interviewed my mother, i discussed what it was like caring for two kids-as a single parent. How her family and friends supported her, and how she managed to get through those stages of caring for young kids. As my mother lived her life, later coming to find out she was pregnant, made her think of what to do next. Two months into the pregnancy, she found out she was having twins. All my aunts, my uncles, and special thanks to my grandparents cared for us during the day while she went to work to earn money for her new family. Money was always tight, especially supporting two kids at a time. She learned the troubles of parenting, but also the good things too. Something worth living for. I’ve learned so much from this interview. For one, how she dealt with the big news of having children. I also found out she was very excited of having us. She wanted a new experience. Lots of things have changed. She doesn’t drive that green convertible anymore. We no have 5 people living with us altogether. But doing this interview as also taught me how much she enjoyed talkin about this matter-something we ever hardly talked about. I learned how much my family cared for me as a child, and now seeing how much things have changed from in the past until now. To me, this project has been a whole life reflection. It made me have flashbacks of what it was like younger, and what its like now, in high school, growing up to face more of reality... I hope you enjoy this audio.

Business Business: Great Depression vs. Recession

Me and my partner did a Piktochart. It introduces people into what the topic is going to be about and then begins to talk about 2 things and link them together. Essentially, all of the charts are linked together. There aren't a lot of words because I personally didn't want to overwhelm people with it. So, I tried to make it consistant and 'sweet'.

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New Year, New Deals
New Year, New Deals
My Infographic
My Infographic

Great Depression/Great Recession

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Annotated Bib: 

PBS.org, . "The New Deal." WGBH Educational Foundation. n. page. Web. 24 Feb. 2013. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/dustbowl-new-deal/>.

    • Here it basically explains the programs FDR planted what was yielded. It’s to show the different policies of Hoover and FDR. Either the government supports its people, or the people supporting the government. It’s about the programs FDK established, their effects, and how they it influenced a turnaround from the Great Depression. 
    • It’s useful because it gives program names and what they specifically did for the people, the names, and who they affected. PBS is a well known organization that reports unbiased information and has been around for a long time. It’s goal is to report unbiased information to the public.
    • This gives a general overview of the programs that were established during the New Deal and gives me what to basically look up. Since it’s the basics, it hasn’t changed how I view my topic.

History.com, . "New Deal." A&E Television Networks, LLC. n. page. Web. 24 Feb. 2013. <http://www.history.com/topics/new-deal>.

    • This goes in depth about the programs that the New Deal started. It basically gives quick facts and tips about what the New Deal did. It’s about the New Deal and what FDR was thinking to establish and how each program affected the American people.
    • It gives more detail about what happened during this time and History.com is an unbiased network showing American history. Although this is a source of media, it’s a source of helpful, accurate information too. 
    • I can now research more topics, because this source goes in depth, but not to the point where it’s a whole essay. It doesn’t change how I think about my topic unfortunately. But, this has been extremely helpful because I have somewhere to start.

"The Great Recession, Five Years Later." NPR: . Radio. <http://www.npr.org/2012/12/08/166784038/the-great-recession-five-years-later>.

    • It’s talking about the anniversary of the recession and how it relates to the Great Depression. Additionally how big institutions have failed the economy and what future generations will look like in the eyes of the economy. 
    • Of course it’s reliable because it’s NPR! NPR is an internationally recognized news source, with a variety of topics and it’s very credible in what it reports. 
    • It goes on the surface of how the negligence of the financial system has created a gap in surplus and how the next generation will have to deal with such conditions. 

Worstall, Tim. "The Great Recession Is Just Like The Great Depression." Forbes. n. page. Print. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/11/07/the-great-recession-is-just-like-the-great-depression/>.

    • It talks about the similarities of the Great Depression and the Great Recession. THe author give three different perspectives with different backgrounds, and shows how they all relate.
    • Forbes is well known and I don’t think they would publish something that’s extremely blasphemous. This is straight opinion and fact on both the Great Depression and Great Recession. It’s purpose is to start talking about the future of the recession and 
    • This was extremely helpful because it didn’t just  give the author’s opinion, but he back it up with other professional, experienced people. 

"A Boundary No-One Wants to Cross" by Micah Getz

Karen von Winbush had crossed a boundary, not through anyones choice or intention, but through random chance. People can't relate to her as well, and her whole entire style of life has been changed. Karen's whole life changed after she learned she had the incurable Lupus.

English Interview- Draft Q3

Through out this process, I was just glad that I could interview Karen. When I interviewed her she had had a hard day, she had been released from the hospital three days before, and only that day she had gone to the doctors office. At the doctors, she had been given the wrong prescription, then given a medecine to which she was allergic, and the it took so long that by the time she had gotten home she was on the last gasp of air that she had in her respirator. I'm glad that I could interview her, and that I could be there for her. The fact that this was a boundary that was forced upon her, not one that she was actually trying to cross, was something that was interesting to me. Crossing boundaries is something that I generally think of as a choice, whether good or bad, so this seems like a display that it's not always something that people do.
I'm just sad that I had to edit down the interview, and couldn't include everything she said. There was a lot of inspirational things that Karen said that I couldn't include because of the subject we were researching and the time limit. There were a lot of descriptions of Lupus that I would have liked to include, and there were a few descriptions of how she had to leave her work, but I was glad that I could put in what I could.

"Must Be The Money" by Max Amar-Olkus

Welcome to this week’s installment of This Philadelphian Life. I’m your host, Max Amar-Olkus. This week we look into the life of a man that would do anything just to make sure his family wasn’t poor. As soon as he’d see the economy change he knew it was time for him to make a change too. Jerry Olkus made it through life by taking risks. Big risks.

In this project I learned a lot about my grandfather. He would always tell me these stories as a child but I would never really listen. Now that I’m more grown up and (arguably) more mature, I’m able to take a lot away from his stories. He puts effort into everything he does and many people have trouble doing this. I personally have problems with effort but this conversation has made me realize that I have to make a change. I learned that if I want to succeed in life it won’t just come to me. I have to actually be proactive and try my best in school and everything else in life. 

English Benchmark 2_27_13 - Jerry Olkus interview

Great Depression Vs. Great Recession

Lexus forman and I tackled this project a little different. We did a debate between the Great recession and Great depression. We both represented one of the two. We created a set of questions, based on the criteria of the project. We knew we needed certain information and facts to make sure this project was the way we needed it. We added fun and creative, way to represent the data. So hopefully you enjoy!

Here is video: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12821413/History%20-%20Medium.m4v

Great Depression/Great Recession by Taylor Veasley and Martez Card

For our project we chose to do visuals on easel.ly.com. We chose this because the themes and layouts for this website are really creative and fun so they would make the project enjoyable to look at. Each link will take you to a different visual, each describing wither the Great Depression, the Great Recession, or comparing both. Our project covers all aspects of both events and breaks the causes and effects down in a way that is both simple but informative. We worked very hard on this, so we hope you enjoy it !


This source is from the second part of a series called War, Depression, and War, 1914-1945. The source begins with an explanation of why the Great Depression began. They focus on the banks and the stock market aspect of the crash. Then the article goes on to talk about how other people view the Great Depression and what caused it. Then the article talks about how the government responded to the crisis. Then the author really dives into the New Deals and what they were and what caused them.

This is a very useful source. I find it useful because of first they way it is set up. The article is broken up with titles over each section describing what is inside of each. The article also provides an analysis of the Great Depression and of how people saw it and their opinions on what happened. There was one problem though, the article does seem a little bias in my opinion he mentions a lot of views but they all seem to be leaning towards the same thing.

This source is very helpful because it helped me get a clear view on what the New Deal and the Great Depression was also it helps me to analyze other people’s thoughts and compare my ideas upon theirs. I like this source also because it dives into theories and reasonings for happenings inside of this time period.

This source is a promotional video for the New Deal. The source talks about all of the problems that the New Deal will solve and how they will go about solving those problems. The purpose of this video was to gain supporters of the New Deal. The director did a great job at making the New Deal seem appealing to all citizens. The video covers a lot of aspects of the plan, they cover the jobs that the New Deal was supposed to provide, how the farms will be turned into roads so that trading is easier, and how different places in the US, that need it, will receive construction on failing roads and buildings.

This source is very useful because it shows you how the government wanted everyone to see the New Deal. The government sugar coated everything and made it seem like with this new and improved plan that everyone’s problems would just go away. You see just how media can easily shape someone’s decisions and beliefs and also how you only see what the government wants you to see.

This source was very helpful, I got a totally different perspective on the New Deal. This video showed you what the purpose of the New Deal was and the effect that they wanted the New Deal to have on citizens. The way it was delivered was very clear because it was made for the average citizen not a politician. I also learned a lot from the visuals throughout the video, they showed what the “average” american citizen looked like during that time period. I found this video very interesting and very informative.


This source talks about Herbert Hoover and how he was elected mainly because of people believing him for promising the new deal and it made them excited and seem to have something to look forward to for the near future. This also talks about the things that he started to do during his presidency and things that he was changing hoping to please people and make the new deal work for the better and help get the country back on track. This also talks about the various things that the new deal made like 3 million men were able to work because of an program that was very successful within the new deal.  

This is a useful source because it lets you know reasons as to why people chose Hoover and why they believed in the new deal. This also tells what the new deal was able to do and how it was able to create jobs to help people and get people to be able to have jobs again.

This source is helpful because it give me in depth details about the new deal and some of the things that it was able to change and how it helped people and also led to the choice of who won the election.


This source talks about when the great depression started and how long it lasted and also talks about the things that happen during the great depression. This source gives a basic general summary about the great depression and the big things that factored into it. This also talks about how president Hoover didn’t think that this was going to be as serious as it was and thought that this was just going to be something that would fly past really fast and then the economy would be back on track and back to normal. This source also states that the worse part of the great depression happen while Franklin Roosevelt was in office in 1933 and how within his 8 years in office he was able to help get the economy back on track and how his new deal permanently change the federal government's relationship with the US.

This source is useful because it talks about how Roosevelt’s new deal had an effect on the great depression and also how things were during this time while giving people a basic background on this historic event. This source also helps people see how these two presidents helped change the bad and help the economy become stable once again after a period of time and plenty of hard work.

This source is helpful because it summarizes the great depression and the main causes and reason for it also the main things and people that helped change the country to help us get out of this depression. Also this source can give information that you may not have known such as when the worse part of the depression and what things changed and impacted the US longer than just this depression.   


This source talks about the policy during the great recession and that one of the reasons for the great recession was having a poor policy and poor choices on the policy by the federal government. This source also talks about how the federal government made different and better choices from this recession to the one in 2008 and 2009 and how things became better during those two.  

This source is useful because it explains a reason for the cause of the great recession and also lets you know about some of the choices that the federal government made that had an effect on the recession overall and how the changed choices they had in another recession were good.


This source talks about how the great recession affected people in europe and central asia and how it affected their countries. It splits up different causes for the great recession in chapters and labels them them by what big thing happened to contribute to the great recession then goes into detail about each one of the different causes throughout the whole chapter.

This source was useful because it gave me a better understanding about how the great recession affect other countries as well as america and also I learned about many different causes the contributed to the great recession and an in depth analysis about them.


This source is very helpful and was a huge contributor to my knowledge of the great recession. The source is an interview given by a host on NPR and the interviewee was a specialist on America’s economy he also studies other country’s economies and compares them. I found the interviewee to be a wonderful source because he studies economies for a living and can give major insight on how we were affected with international economic knowledge.

The article speaks about why the Great Recession is still affecting America today and exactly how the Great Recession still affects us today. The interview gave the most insight into unemployment and how a lot of Americans are still unemployed even four years later. This was possibly the most devastating aspect of the Great Recession. We not only still have a suffering unemployment rate but it’s getting worse. Another aspect that I enjoyed and that was very helpful about the interview was that he also made predictions of what would happen in the future. Based on his knowledge of the European economy and our current economy he made predictions of what our economy will look like in the years going forward.

Happy 5th birthday, Great Recession! I hope you get hit by a truck. The title of this article says it all, while being incredibly witty and extremely sarcastic this source is very informative. This article begin with explaining exactly what the Great Recession was which I found very helpful. He did not go into extreme detail but covered the major points of this event and it was a wonderful refresher to remind us of what happened.

After reminding us of our economic crash the author goes on to dive into the effects of the Great Recession on our economy today. I think the most helpful aspect of the article was when he mentioned when the economy actually was revived. For a short time period our economy had hope, and this was the only source that actually acknowledges this. I found this to be very interesting and unique to this source. I also found that this article also mentions the European economy just like the source analyzed above. I saw that this was a  recurring pattern of mentioning European economies.

This was an amazing source, it covered just about every area of the Great Depression. The author didn't drone on about small details that wouldn't make much of a difference but they covered the main points of the Great Depression. I also liked this source because of the way it was organized, each page has what it is about at the title so if you're looking for a specific aspect of this event you can easily find it. 

This source was used for all of our posts about the Great Depression because the information in this article was so helpful. The author spoke about the time leading up to the event and the time following the event. The author also covers how the event affected not just the people of the United States but countries all around the world. It was interesting to hear how this national epidemic went global. This article was organized very nicely and was well thought out. 


This was another great source. It is from the same website as the source about Great Depression which I liked because then everything is kind of relative. If they are from the same website you can trust the information equally and articles have the same flow. This article flows smoothly and is concise and to the point. I enjoyed that the author did not make the articles very long and just went to main details because it makes it easier to read and comprehend. 

The best part about this article was when she compared what Obama left out of his plan for the Great Recession that they used in the plan for the Great Depression. The author made that comparison of how America sometimes learns from their mistakes and sometimes does not. I found that very interesting. The other topics that were covered were kept short but the author went over the material very well and it seems as though a lot of work was put into the article to make sure that it was not only historically sound but also just quality writing. 

The link used for the picture of Obama.

The link used for the picture of FDR.

This website was used to find the amount of money spent during the war by multiple countries. This website was extremely helpful and easy to understand.

This website was used to get the main points of the Great Depression. We did not use this website to address any reasons to why or hw anything happened just a very broad overview of this event. I liked this website for that very reason, that they have bullet points and little blurbs about each topic. 

This was the website that was used to help us to figure out why the Stock Market Crash of 1929 happened. This website was helpful, it was a little hard to understand when you first read it but is actually broken down into convenient pieces that are very understandable if you pay attention to what you are reading.