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CURRENT EVENT | MARCH 12, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

The trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has begun despite multiple attempts by his defense team to get the trial moved out of Boston. A pool of nearly 1,400 Bostonians has been whittled down to a group of 21 jurors and alternates but the question still remains - is it possible for Tsarnaev to get his sixth amendment constitutional right to a fair jury trial of his peers in a city so negatively impacted by his actions? Listen to learn more about the process of jury selection and the issue of bias.

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Story Length: 3:47

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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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