Topic: Politics

Republican house leader loses seat

Current Event June 13, 2014

Republican House Leader Loses Seat to Challenger Because of Immigration Reform

Civics/Government Politics Immigration

In a surprise upset, Republican House Leader Eric Cantor lost his re-election bid to a Tea Party-backed candidate. Political analysts say one of the reasons he lost was his moderate stand on immigration reform. Listen to this radio story to find out what this means for immigration reform.

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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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Current Event February 12, 2014

Subjectivity in Olympic Judging

Politics Sports

In past Olympics, vote trading, where one judge trades for votes with another judge, skewed judging in ice skating; however, when anonymity was enacted, vote trading just got worse. Listen to this story to learn how subjectivity has a role in judging.

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Current Event November 28, 2013

Kennedy’s Inspiring Message

Civics/Government Politics US History II

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the youngest man elected to the presidency and the first and only Roman Catholic to serve as president. His election represented a departure from the status quo. The message Kennedy delivered in his inauguration speech on January 20, 1961 served as inspiration for a generation. Listen to hear excerpts of his speech and learn how it inspired four young people to action.

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