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Current Event June 27, 2014

Baltimore’s Dirty Harbor Cleaned by Innovative Water Wheel

Environment Engineering

Tourists to Baltimore’s harbor say that it is “disgusting” because so much trash is floating in it. So one resident built a Water Wheel to efficiently clear the trash out of the water. It has been lauded as a much better method of cleaning of trash from water than by hand. Listen to this public radio story to learn more about this unique recycling effort.

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Current Event July 3, 2014

Magna Carta Symbolizes the Origin of American Ideals of Equality and Freedom

Civics/Government US History I

The Magna Carta is a single document that outlines the origins of American freedom and equality. It was created in 1215 by British subjects who wanted to limit King John’s power and protect their rights. The Magna Carta inspired American democracy. Listen to this story to learn more about why it survived so many years and its special significance to Boston.

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Current Event July 7, 2014

Francis Scott Key: Lawyer, Poet, and Creator of “The Star Spangled Banner”

US History I American Revolution

The creator of America’s much-loved anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner" was not only a poet, but a celebrated lawyer, known for settling controversial disputes with oratorical skill. However, Francis Scott Key never mentioned the anthem after writing it again. He was also known for his adamant representation of African Americans and their rights. Listen to this public radio story to learn more about the man who is best known for writing “The Star Spangled Banner.”

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Current Event May 30, 2014

Few Women in Engineering Due to Gender Gap

Education Gender Engineering

Olin College in Massachusetts has one of the largest student populations of female engineers, which is rare because so few women go into the sciences. There is a documented gender and confidence gap for female engineers, but students think it can be closed by reaching girls at an earlier age. Listen to this radio story to find out how schools are fixing this problem.

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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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Current Event June 4, 2014

Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions Policy Aimed at Using the Free Market

Earth and Space Science Climate Change Engineering

Cap and Trade is the new carbon emissions policy aimed at regulating emissions from various factories based on a "token" system. When an entity runs out of tokens, they can turn to the free market to buy more. This story clearly explains what Cap and Trade is and why Republicans don't like it. Listen to this radio story to learn why.

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Current Event May 29, 2014

Maya Angelou, Poet, Author and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 86

Race Gender

Maya Angelou, celebrated poet, writer of I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and Civil Rights Activist, passed away at the age of 86. She was a celebrity and an iconic figure in the African-American community. Listen to this radio story with your students to learn the extent of her impact.

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Current Event May 26, 2014

“Honor Flights” Celebrate WWII Veterans Before Time Runs Out

World History II

An “Honor Flight” is a trip that takes Veterans from all over the country to visit memorial sites set up to honor their service in WWII. Vets take this opportunity to share war stories. However, these “Flights” need to happen faster as time is not on the Veterans’ sides. Listen to this radio story with your students to discuss the impact of Veterans.

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Current Event May 23, 2014

School Newspaper Bans the Word “Redskins,” School Board to Vote

Civics/Government US History I

A school newspaper in Philadelphia is refusing to print the word “Redskin,” the name of their school mascot, in the newspaper because of its racist roots. Some parents and students feel that’s taking political correctness too far. They say it’s not the role of student journalists to alter the name of a team’s mascot. Now the school board will weigh in and decide whether or not to force the paper to print the name of the team’s mascot.

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Current Event April 14, 2014

Boston Marathon Runners

Sports Violence

Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Following the blasts, thousands of runners were told in the middle of their race that they could not reach the finish line due to the bombings. This year many runners are returning, and they are set on finishing what they started.

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Current Event April 8, 2014

Rwanda Genocide

World History II Geography

Rwanda marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide this week. The ethnically driven killings led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, as the majority Hutu faction targeted ethnic Tutsis. Today, as people remember their loved ones, many feel traumatized by the horrible events of the past. Some feel that the country has become much more progressive since the genocide, but others argue that there is still a long way to go. Listen to the story to hear more about how Rwanda’s past still affects its present.

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Current Event April 4, 2014

Missing Airplane Mystery

Geography

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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Current Event May 27, 2014

To Relieve Burdens of War, African Man Turns to Music Played on Glasses

World History II Geography

A man has attracted a lot of YouTube attention by playing songs like “Happy” and the theme from “Game of Thrones” on half-filled wine glasses. This man is also from the Democratic Republic of Congo where he fled his country because of war to study in America. Listen to this radio story with your students to learn how music is helping him heal.

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Current Event June 5, 2014

Congress Upset with White House Decision to do Prisoner Swap Without Consultation

Civics/Government

The White House recently swapped five Guantanamo prisoners for one U.S army sergeant who was a prisoner of war in Afghanistan. However, Congress is upset because the President didn't consult with them before making the trade. Some legislators feel that this event was designed to further the Obama Administration's legacy. Listen to this radio story to learn why.

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Current Event April 10, 2014

Marian Anderson Sings at Lincoln Memorial

Race

Marian Anderson was denied a performance at Constitution Hall, but 75 years ago, she was able to perform to a desegregated crowd at the Lincoln Memorial. Listen to this story to learn more about how she used art and lyrics to fight racism.

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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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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 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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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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Current Event March 20, 2014

Pope Francis Celebrates One Year

Religion US History II

A year after Pope Francis was elected, the Catholic Church has seen progressive, sweeping changes that bring both Catholics and non-Catholics to his side. From internal change to social issues such as divorce and homosexuality, the Pope has been addressing them publicly.

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