WBEZ | The People's History of the United States http://www.wbez.org/tags/peoples-history-united-states Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Matt Damon and Lupe Fiasco bring 'The People's History' to Chicago students http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-02/matt-damon-and-lupe-fiasco-bring-peoples-history-chicago-students-96046 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-02/Damon_edit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For some students, high school history can be a drag. But some schools and teachers mix things up from the standard lesson plans. One alternative is to teach from Howard Zinn's seminal 1980 work <em>A People's History of the United States.</em></p><p>Actor Matt Damon is a fan of the book and actually grew up next to Zinn in Boston. He's executive producer of the film <a href="http://www.thepeoplespeak.com/" target="_blank"><em>The People Speak</em>,</a> based on Zinn's book.</p><p>Damon joined other performers Tuesday night at the <a href="http://metrochicago.com/" target="_blank">Metro</a> in Chicago for The People Speak, Live! featuring Chicagoans reading from Zinn's work. Earlier that day, he and rapper Lupe Fiasco <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/matt-damon-visits-school-englewood-96006" target="_blank">visited Englewood High School</a> to talk with students involved in the project.</p><p>Damon started by telling Tony Sarabia about the project's collaboration with the school.</p></p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 14:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-02/matt-damon-and-lupe-fiasco-bring-peoples-history-chicago-students-96046