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Kid News: New Baseball Technology

Professional pitchers try to outsmart batters by throwing baseballs that wobble, curve, or go extra fast. But try as they might, pitchers cannot always make the ball do exactly what they want it to do, and sometimes they use tricks that many consider unfair. Recently, an American ballplayer discovered a baseball in Japan that could help pitchers perform more evenly on the mound. Listen to learn more about the ball and why it could be a game-changer.


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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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