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Congress Investigates Domestic Extremism

A violent mob stormed the Capitol building on January 6, 2021 and temporarily halted the process of certifying the presidential election of Joe Biden. The events of that day highlighted the growing problem of domestic terrorism in America. Domestic terrorist groups believe in a range of extreme ideologies, including anti-government, anti-Semitic, and racist views, and they threaten the safety of fellow Americans. The government is looking for ways to stop groups posing threats of violence from growing more powerful. Listen to a former CIA analyst discuss the rising threat of domestic terrorism and what Congress is doing to address it.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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