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Current Event August 6, 2014

Should You Carry an Umbrella With a Small Probability of Rain?

Economics Earth and Space Science Weather and Climate

What does a 20% chance of rain mean to you? For people around the country, it can mean many different things. So weather forecasters and meteorologists are trying to be more careful with their words to explain probability in weather predictions. Listen to this public radio story to learn how.

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Current Event August 12, 2014

Is Water a Basic Human Right? Water Shut Offs in Detroit Spark Protests

Economics US History II

Detroit's water department is going after past due bills by shutting of thousands of customers who haven't paid their water bills. Residents are responding by protesting saying that water is a basic human right. And they are turning to the internet to find ways to illegally turn the water back on. Listen to this story to learn the impact of water shut-offs.

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Current Event August 4, 2014

Migratory Birds Bring Immigrants Together

Life Science US History II

Birds like the Black-Throated Blue Warbler are migratory birds that travel from America to Mexico and Central America during the winter. The Bird Ambassadors Program recruits new American immigrants from the same area to plant bushes and flowers for the birds' "pit stop" in the United States. Listen to this public radio story to hear about the connection these immigrants make with the migratory birds.

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Current Event August 7, 2014

A Luxury High Rise Segregates by Class with a "Poor Door"

Economics

A developer in New York is drawing criticism because he's building a skyscraper for residential housing that will have two different entrances. One will be for the tenants in the high priced condos, the other for low income subsidized housing residents. The so called "poor door" is raising complaints of segregation and inequality. Listen to this radio story to find out why.

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Current Event August 14, 2014

The Road Block to Eradicating Polio is Rumors

US History II World History II

Polio is on the verge of eradication in all parts of the world, except for Pakistan. The Taliban is restricting people trained to give vaccinations who are going door-to-door. They are intimidated and sometimes killed for their efforts. The Taliban is banning the immunizations because they suspect the program could be a cover for CIA spying. Listen to this radio story to learn about the barriers to disease eradication.

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Current Event January 30, 2014

Super Bowl Economics

Economics Mathematics

This year's Super Bowl will be held at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium—but many mistakenly believe it will be held in New York. This could have tremendous economic impact on New Jersey since business will flow to Manhattan rather than stay in New Jersey. Listen to this story to hear what the mayor of the host city has to say.

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Current Event January 29, 2014

State of the Union 2014

Civics/Government US History II US History I

President Obama laid out a sweeping agenda in his State of the Union address. He called for a "year of action" on many important government changes. He told Congress he wants to raise the minimum wage, extend unemployment, fix immigration laws and ensure equal pay for women. Listen to this story for a short wrap-up of the one hour speech and then discuss with your class.

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Current Event July 25, 2014

Getting It Right: The Story of How Scientists Measured a Meter

Mathematics

The United States is one of only a handful of countries that doesn't use the metric system. Most of the world calculates distances in meters. The creation of the meter in 1792 was based on the need to agree on a uniform system of measurement. But the first time scientists tried to determine the length of a meter, they made some mistakes. Listen to this public radio story to learn why accuracy is necessary.

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Current Event May 9, 2014

Affirmative Action Ban

Civics/Government Race Education

Affirmative action ensured that college applicants of color would have greater representation at universities. With the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, states now have the choice to uphold or ignore affirmative action.

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Current Event July 1, 2014

100 Years Ago, the Shot that Started WWI Fired

World History II Geography World War I

100 years ago, the shot that was heard around the world and started World War I was fired. It fatally wounded Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie. The assassins did not realize it would unleash a world war. Listen to this radio story to find out why.

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Current Event July 2, 2014

Boston Still Feeling Impact of Segregated Schools 40 Years Later

Race US History II

40 years ago, Boston Judge W. Arthur Garrity ruled to desegregate Boston’s starkly divided schools. The ruling was met with an uproar from white families, where many of them refused to let their children attend school. Now, four decades since the historic ruling some feel it did not do enough to fix the integration problem.

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Current Event July 15, 2014

Deadly Conflict Between Israel and the Palestinians Throws Daily Life into Chaos

Religion World History II

The tension between Israelis and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip has been going on for years. However despite peace talks, the tension has escalated into bomb attacks following the deaths of teenagers from Israel and the Gaza Strip. Residents from both sides are deeply affected by constant rocket attacks. Listen to this radio story to learn how the conflict has affected daily life.

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Current Event July 17, 2014

American Spies Caught in Germany and Strain U.S. and German Relations

US History II World History II

Tensions between the U.S. and Germany are on the rise as another alleged spy is caught selling German secrets to the U.S. The Germans would like a no-spying agreement, but the U.S. doesn't appear to be interested. Listen to this radio story to learn why.

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Current Event May 6, 2014

Botched Oklahoma Execution

Civics/Government

An Oklahoma execution went wrong when the prisoner was in apparent agony instead of a quick death through lethal injection. The governor is now calling for a review of execution procedures, which has ignited a death penalty debate.

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Current Event July 10, 2014

Companies Walk "Thin" Line Between Encouraging Healthy Behavior and Interfering

Economics

As healthcare costs rise and obesity becomes a national problem, companies look for innovative ways to encourage employees to stay thin and healthy at work. But some have gone overboard and employees complain they are interfering with their freedoms. Listen to this public radio story to learn what compares are doing to try to control their health care costs.

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Current Event July 18, 2014

Illegal Immigrants Rely on Hope and Amnesty When Crossing Border

Immigration US History II World History II

The number of minors from Central America who are crossing the boarder illegally has jumped lately due to rumors about the United States' immigration policies. The rumors are false, but that hasn't stopped solo children from leaving their families and countries to find a better opportunity in the U.S. Listen to this radio story with your students to learn more about what is driving this surge of minor immigrants.

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Current Event July 9, 2014

Cuba Depends on Tourism to Support Rocky Economy

Economics World History II

Tourism in Cuba makes up 10% of the island nation's gross domestic product. If America ever lifts its ban on travel to Cuba, its expected there could be a surge of at least a million Americans visiting. But tourism also brings wage disparity to the Communist country. Those who work in the tourism industry earn much more than other professions. Listen to this public radio story to learn why tourism is important to Cuba's survival.

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Current Event July 11, 2014

Gay Teacher Alleges Sex Discrimination, says His Same Sex Marriage Doesn't Fit Stereotype

Civics/Government

A teacher in Georgia was fired from his position teaching music at a Catholic school because of his sexual orientation. He is now suing the school for discrimination based on his sex. The case has some subtlety because it's not illegal to discriminate against gays in Georgia, but it is illegal to discriminate against someone because of their sex. Listen to this public radio story with your class to learn about this interesting discrimination case.

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Current Event June 24, 2014

Last of Navajo Code Talkers Dies at 93, Navajo Language in Jeopardy

World History II World War II

The last of World War II’s Navajo Code Talkers died at 93 years old. Americans collaborated with the Native American Navajo tribe to create a code that was unbreakable to Japanese forces during WWII. Today, the Navajo fear their language will die out. Listen to this public radio story to learn why.

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Current Event June 26, 2014

Drought in the South has the Cattle Industry Booming in the Midwest

Economics Earth and Space Science Climate Change Weather and Climate

The drought in California and Texas has meant cattle herders have little pasture to graze their herds. Instead, cattle herding is moving north to Colorado and Nebraska. The midwestern states are feeding the cattle with the byproduct of ethanol production. Use this public radio story with your class to discuss how these changes affect the price of a hamburger.

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