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CURRENT EVENT | SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

Interest Rates At All Time Low

Interest rates in the United States are currently lower than they have ever been. Economists are divided about whether the Fed should raise the rates. The last time interest rates were raised was 2006. At that time, keeping the rates low prevented more companies from failing, households from going bankrupt and a likely depression. Recently the Fed met to decide whether or not it was time to raise the interest rate. This radio story aired before the decision was made, and discusses the pros and cons of each option.

As a follow up you may also want to listen to this story to hear why the Fed made its decision to leave rates where they are, for now.

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Story Length: 3:51

Listen to the Story:

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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