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Current Event January 9, 2017

Russian Sanctioned for Cyberattack on Elections

Politics Technology

This week, the Obama administration announced sanctions against Russia after saying it was confident the Russian government interfered in last year's presidential election. The purpose is to deter Russia from cyberspace hacking in the future. The United States also expelled 35 undercover intelligence agents to deter Russia from harassing U.S. diplomats in Russia. Listen to hear more about possible retaliation and what actions are legal when the U.S. is not at war.

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Current Event December 11, 2017

Dallas Holocaust Museum and Senator's Family

World History II Religion World War II KERA

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum recently opened with the help of former Texas Senator, Florence Shapiro. Shaprio is a first-generation American whose family faced tragedy throughout the Holocaust. As she grew up, Shapiro continued to hear more stories about her relatives who lived in Berlin throughout the 1930s. She has made an effort to share this history with her children. Listen to hear how opening the museum carries on her father’s legacy and has allowed Shapiro to educate people of all ages about the Holocaust.

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Current Event December 8, 2017

Debate: What is a Parent's Role on the Sidelines of Kids’ Sports?

Sports

Soccer is played by more than 3 million kids in leagues across the United States. Most parents cheer respectfully for their children, but some parents don’t. One volunteer referee for the American Youth Soccer Organization wrote a letter to parents with his thoughts on parents’ behavior. He encourages parents to be civil and be a good example for their kids. Listen to this story and debate: What is a parent’s role on the sidelines of kids' sports?

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More moms share baby photos on social media  changing moms' identities

Current Event June 3, 2014

More Moms Share Baby Photos on Social Media, Changing Moms' Identities

Technology

New moms are using Facebook and other social media sites to share pictures of their newborns in such numbers that it is creating an all digital generation. Studies showed that moms' increased use of social media represents their struggle with a changing identity and relationship with motherhood.

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Bostonmarathon

Current Event April 15, 2014

Boston Marathon Bombings One Year Later

US History II Sports

One year ago two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring at least 250 people. Sixteen people lost limbs including the man featured in this story who lost both his legs.

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Missing malaysian airplane

Current Event March 19, 2014

Missing Malaysian Airplane

Geography Transportation

The Malaysian Airlines airplane, carrying 239 people, is still missing after a week of intense searching by more than a dozen countries. The Malaysian government now believes that its off-course route was deliberately planned.

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Tijuana and san diego borderland

Current Event April 17, 2014

Tijuana and San Diego Borderland

Immigration Geography

Tijuana, a young city, grew out of the construction of the US-Mexico border in California. The physical barrier represents Mexicans’ gateway to opportunities as well as a separation from loved ones.

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Current Event April 18, 2014

Keeping Goats Local

Economics Elementary Animals

Many refugees who have settled in Vermont are used to eating lots of goat meat back in their home countries. However, until recently, this meat has been expensive and hard to find in New England. Now, the Vermont Goat Collaborative is helping refugees find the meat they want. The project makes use of male baby goats are often disposed of because they can’t produce milk. Listen to hear more about this initiative and how it is benefiting local populations.

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College debt

Current Event April 28, 2014

College Debt

Economics Education

The level of college debt has risen in the last 20 years, where students now have to choose between overwhelming student loans or community colleges. Reform can start by fixing the financial aid system.

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A commuter rail's holocaust connection

Current Event March 4, 2014

A Commuter Rail’s Holocaust Connection

World War II Transportation

The new operator of the Massachusetts Commuter Rail is a French company whose trains played a role in the Holocaust. Now, the company wants to manage trains in Maryland. A Holocaust survivor is protesting, though, because the company’s trains once transported thousands of Jews to death camps. Listen to this story to understand how the actions of a company decades ago can affect its business today.

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Current Event December 7, 2017

Ending Net Neutrality

Politics Technology Law

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to remove laws that protect net neutrality. Net neutrality is the result of laws that have been in effect for 2 years that prohibit Internet service providers from speeding up or slowing down any websites you use. Without net neutrality, Internet service providers could go from being neutral gateways to gatekeepers. There are differences in opinion about whether this will be helpful for consumers or the economy. Listen to hear from the former FCC chairman about his thoughts on an open Internet.

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