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Behind the Supply Chain Bottlenecks

Ordering stuff online may seem easy, but a complicated process is required to produce goods and deliver them to people’s doorsteps. Now that process, known as the supply chain, is in trouble. Dozens of huge container ships full of goods from Asia are idling along the coast of California, waiting for a place to unload. The backup represents just one hitch in a supply chain strained by increased consumer demand, worker shortages, and other effects of the pandemic. Listen to learn more about problems in the supply chain and how they might be addressed.


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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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