Current Event October 10, 2016
Countries that are a part of NATO, including the United States, promise to keep the peace and come to the defense of any member state that is attacked by another country. When the U.S. gets involved overseas, such as in Afghanistan, it acts with international alliances. Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have very different views of what the U.S. relationship with NATO should be. Listen to hear about both candidates’ positions, and the goals of NATO as a military alliance.
Current Event October 3, 2016
The next president of the United States will face national security issues, including terrorism and ISIS, along with the role of the U.S. in foreign affairs. Many voters want to know how candidates Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton might approach these international issues. This audio story discusses the ways each candidate might make choices and create policies that are similar or different from the existing policies of the Obama Administration. Listen to hear more about the foreign policy challenges the next president will face.
Current Event September 19, 2016
The next president will face many global challenges including the Syrian refugee crisis, China flexing its power in the South China Sea and Russian aggression. There is also the continued threat of terrorism. U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different views on foreign policy. The overall position of the United States in the world will need to be considered as isolationist or internationalist. This policy will be determined and led by the next president. Listen to hear more about the global views held by the presidential candidates and the foreign policy challenges the next president will face.
Current Event August 23, 2016
A Japanese emperor hasn't voluntarily stepped away from the throne in nearly 200 years. In a televised speech, the current Japanese leader, Emperor Akihito, hinted that he may step down. He talked about his failing health and his difficulty in keeping up with his duties. Changing the Japanese law would be a break from tradition, as Japan has the world's longest-running hereditary monarchy: 2,600 years. Listen to hear more about the Japanese monarchy and tradition.
ELA Middle School
In 2015, the United States resettled nearly 70,000 refugees as wars and political instability continue to drive people from their home countries. Resettlement isn’t easy for the person coming to a new country. One of those people, Barwaqo Mohamed was born and grew up in Somalia, but came to the U.S. as a political refugee in 2006. In this audio story, Barwaqo talks about her experience as an immigrant with a journalist who volunteered to tutor her in English for over four years. Barwaqo describes herself as a natural at learning languages and that helped her fit in. Listen to the interview to learn how that skill has served her since she came to the U.S.