Matt Collette

Matt Collette is a producer for The Season. He's reported for organizations including WNYC and Slate and is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School.

Matt Collette appears in the following:

Year One

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

With all ten games of the 2015 season behind them, there's just one question left for the Columbia Lions: Was this year a turnaround?


And the Band Plays On

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Columbia University Marching Band is loud, irreverent, and not all that great at music. They're also the only students in the stands for every single football game the Lions play.

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Episode 9: Moral Victory

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Lions are quick to tell you that they don't believe in "moral victories." In football you either win or lose, with no gray area in between. But it's not so simple in real life.

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Episode 8: 'The Worst Part About Our Sport'

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Everybody knows football is a tough, violent sport. The game has gotten safer, but it still poses big, long-term risks for the young men who play it.

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Episode 7: Necessary Toughness

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Columbia Lions need "mental toughness" if they're going to turn their record around. But what does that even mean?

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Episode 6: The Bagnoli Bowl

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Everything's been building to this: Al Bagnoli's new team, the Columbia Lions, face Al Bagnoli's old team, the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.

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Columbia's Football Season Is Looking Up

Monday, October 19, 2015

In the new WNYC podcast The Season, host Ilya Marritz and producer Matt Collette have tracked the Columbia football team as it started the season on a 21-game losing streak.

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How To Turn Around A Losing Streak

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ilya Marritz and Matt Collette discuss their new WNYC podcast, "The Season," chronicling one season of Columbia University's football team, which has not won a game in 2 years.

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Episode 5: It Happened

Thursday, October 15, 2015

We won’t be coy about this — Columbia football won last Saturday, snapping a 24-game losing streak. It’s not surprising some champagne was sprayed afterwards.

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Episode 4: They’re Losing, Better

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Pretty much everyone at Columbia knows their football team's dismal record, but few are actually rooting for a win. The Lions need some fans.

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Episode 3: Scrub Talk

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Columbia football has an unwritten rule: no bragging about past glory. For former coach Bill Campbell, any past glory has been in his business career. Can he help the team win now?   

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Episode 2: 'Where Is It Written That You Guys Can't Win?'

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Columbia Lions played hard, but fell to Fordham in their season opener. And that brought them to a milestone in Columbia history: with 22 losses, they're halfway to "The Streak."

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Episode 1: The Closest Person You’re Gonna Get to a Miracle Worker

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In the first episode of The Season, meet the new head coach for the Columbia Lions football team. His mission? Turn around a team that hasn't won a game in two years.


Welcome to 'The Season'

Thursday, September 10, 2015

It's been two years since the Columbia University Lions football team won a game. ‘The Season,' a new podcast from WNYC, will follow the team in its quest to make a comeback.

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Local Efforts Underway to Integrate NYC Schools Start Small

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A look at grassroots efforts to counter segregation in the New York City schools.
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Meet the Teachers Crazy Enough to Teach Middle School

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sure, teacher turnover is higher in New York City middle schools than at elementary or high schools. But for those who stick around there's the potential for a very big payoff.
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Helping Students Give Back Before Holiday Fun Begins

Friday, December 26, 2014

It was a good week to get restless students outside, to help and give back a little. Better than trying to make them stay in class as they counted the minutes to winter break. 
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Teachers Take Student Data to the Micro-Level in One NYC School

Monday, December 08, 2014

The city cites this school as a model to follow but visiting educators wonder whether their teachers really would learn the data systems and log the hours that these teachers do. 
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One Middle School Pushes Families to Focus on the HS Application Process

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

All the teachers at a Lower East Side school know how to help students apply to high schools. Last year, 90 percent of them got into one of their top three choices last year.
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What Happens When Teachers Are at the Helm of a School?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

At several NYC schools, teachers decide on everything from field trips to who gets hired but making these decisions democratic doesn't make them easy.
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