It's easy to see a child's education as a path determined by grades, test scores and extracurricular activities. But genuine learning is about so much more than the points schools tally. MindShift explores the future of education by highlighting the innovative – and sometimes counterintuitive – ways educators are helping all children succeed.
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MindShift Team

Ki Sung

Podcast host/Senior editor

Ki is the senior editor of MindShift. Prior to joining MindShift in 2014, she was a digital news trainer at NPR, where she gained valuable lessons about how people learn and the support needed to implement change. She cares deeply about finding solutions that help children and loves meeting educators who create meaningful learning experiences for their students. At KQED, she leads diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and spearheaded our first source audit. She makes incredible kimchi, writes fiction and dreams of hiking the Camino de Santiago.

Nimah Gobir

Podcast host/Writer

Nimah is a writer and producer for MindShift. She has worked with young learners in many capacities including teacher, curriculum developer, and youth media producer. Each role offered a window into the different ways caregivers and educators strive to meet children’s needs and promote meaningful learning experiences in and out of the classroom. Nimah is committed to exploring stories about how to make learning more equitable, accessible, and magical for all students.

Jessica Placzek


Jessica is the podcast editor at KQED. She’s also been a reporter and audio producer at KQED, KPFA, and KALW. She taught audio to men incarcerated at California State Prison Solano and edited pieces they produced for the Uncuffed podcast through KALW. She co-hosted and produced the third season of Raw Material for SFMOMA.

A.L. Major


A.L. is MindShift's Audience Engagement Producer. Prior to joining MindShift in 2020, they were a content manager for Perkins School for the Blind and a senior writer for the Museum of Science, Boston. They are currently working on their debut novel.

Seth Samuel

Sound Designer

Seth is a six-time Emmy Award-winning composer and sound designer. He is the score composer for PBS and KQED's video series Deep Look, composer for the podcast Against The Rules With Michael Lewis; and the sound designer for podcasts from KQED, KALW, CPR, Radiotopia, Mother Jones, and Al Jazeera. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his brilliant wife, his brilliant son, his brilliant Australian shepherd, and their latest foster cat (the intelligence of which varies from cat to cat).

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