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Current Event March 5, 2014

Women's Suffrage

Civics/Government Gender US government

During Women’s History Month, it’s good to remind students that although the Constitution granted the right to vote, American women were not given that right until the 1920s during the suffrage movement. The nineteenth amendment, which would allow women to vote, was sent to the states for ratification in 1919. The ratification vote came down to one man and his mother’s advice. Listen to the story to hear more about how U.S. women fought for an important civil right.

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Missing airplane mystery

Current Event April 4, 2014

Missing Airplane Mystery


Theories abound about what happened to the Malaysian Airlines flight 370. It’s been about a month since it mysteriously disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysia and Australia are leading the search effort about 1,100 miles off the Australian coast. What happened to the airplane remains a mystery.

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Former ukrainian president's zoo

Current Event February 25, 2014

Former Ukrainian President’s Zoo

Geography World History I

Peacocks and ostriches in his private zoo. Marble floors and crystal chandeliers in a mansion. Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych left behind an estate that has shocked the people of Ukraine. While he claimed to live modestly, he actually lived in an extravagant estate which has a personal golf course and a zoo of exotic animals. Anti-government protesters hope to keep the outrageous estate intact as evidence against the former president.

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Cvs drops cigarettes

Current Event February 13, 2014

CVS Drops Cigarettes

Economics Health

All 7,600 CVS Caremark stores will no longer be offering tobacco products for sale. The change is part of the company’s move into healthcare. Listen to this story to hear if this move will really help curtail smoking and promote healthy living.

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Holi  a festival of colors

Current Event February 24, 2010

Holi, a Festival of Colors


Holi, a traditional festival of Spring in India, is celebrated with water balloons, water fights, and of course, tons of different, bright colors. Now, the festivals are large attractions at universities across America.

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Nato defends allies

Current Event March 31, 2014

NATO Defends Allies

World History II Geography

After Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, NATO looks to strengthen defenses around allied countries in the face of possible aggression from Russia. The international community gathered recently to discuss ways to deter Russia.

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Kraft's orange cheese fraud

Current Event February 7, 2014

Kraft's Orange Cheese Fraud

Health Technology Engineering Nutrition

Kraft’s Mac and Cheese products are going through a change because parents and nutritionists believe that the food coloring caused hyper activity in children.

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No paid paternity leave

Current Event March 25, 2014

No Paid Paternity Leave in U.S.

Civics/Government Economics Reform

The United States is only one of three countries that does not support mandatory paid paternal leave, which often results in economic hardship for families. Examples from other countries show that paid family leave supports the economy and stronger families.

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Crimea votes to succede from ukraine

Current Event March 18, 2014

Crimea Votes to Secede from Ukraine

Politics Geography

Residents of Crimea, which is a part of Ukraine, voted to secede and join neighboring Russia. In response, citizens in the capital of Ukraine are preparing to use military force to prevent any action by Russia. Citizens are afraid that one day Ukraine will lose more territory to Russia.

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