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Mask Mandate Lifted on Public Transportation

Recently a judge in Florida ruled that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the national public health agency of the U.S. government, does not have the authority to force Americans to wear masks on public transportation. Some riders of planes, trains, and buses are rejoicing, while others, especially those with certain health conditions, fear the decision could put them at risk. The ruling threatens the power of the U.S. government to make public health decisions for Americans in the future. Listen to a former CDC director discuss the implications of the decision and offer tips on how to stay safe while traveling.


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Story Length: 5:41

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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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