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Gen Z Rises to the Challenges of the Times

The author of a book about Generation Z – people born in 1997 or later – believes that members of Gen Z have faced more challenges in their young lives than any generation since World War II. In this interview, he describes the defining events of Gen Z’s time and explores how those events impacted the generation’s outlook and attitude. Listen to learn how the author researched his book, and hear members of Gen Z discuss their experiences and perspectives.


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Story Length: 5:42

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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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