Topic: US History II

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Current Event November 2, 2014

Sunken U-Boat Tells Story

US History II World War II

World War II was full of battlefronts, Europe, Africa, Asia, but what about on the shores of America? Nautical archaeologists have found evidence of secretive fighting that was going off right off America’s East coast between German submarines, known as U-Boats, and American freight vessels carrying supplies to Europe. A new discovery of a sunken German U-Boat and U.S. freight vessel side by side is helping historians better understand this period of WWII history, known as The Battle of the Atlantic.

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Current Event October 22, 2014

Breaking Barriers: The Navy's Highest Ranking Woman

Civics/Government Race Gender US History II

When Michelle Howard was growing up, women weren’t admitted to the Naval Academy. Now she is second in command of the Navy. And she is the first African American woman to earn the rank of a four-star admiral. This conversation with her will inspire listeners to pursue their dreams, overcome barriers, and find community no matter where you are.

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Current Event September 19, 2014

School Busing 40 Years Later

Civics/Government Education US History II civil rights

Twenty years after Brown vs. The Board of Education ruled that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional, Boston began to desegregate its school system through busing. The city’s plan to bus 18,000 students to schools outside of their neighborhoods met intense and violent resistance from the first day. The hostility and hatred radiated through Boston for months. Today’s public radio story features audio from that tumultuous period and testimonials from Boston residents who lived through the turbulent efforts to integrate public schools. NOTE: Story includes strong language from the protests.

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Current Event August 18, 2014

Remembering Nixon's Impeachment

Civics/Government US History II

Forty years ago President Richard Nixon resigned after getting caught obstructing the investigation of the Watergate break in. In today’s story we hear from a reporter who covered this investigation and resignation in 1974. She recalls the uncertainty and anxiety of the American people that the system may not hold up in this time of transition. We hear from politicians at the time and the reflections of citizens in the aftermath of Nixon’s resignation. Listen to this story to better understand how Americans felt during this unprecedented period of transition.

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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 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 July 29, 2014

Supreme Court Sees Corporations as People, Given Individual Rights

US History II US History I

When corporations were first created, they were given one right and that was to the right to make a contract. But as the country industrialized, they received more rights under the Bill of Rights, like individual people. Listen to this radio story to learn how rights for corporations have changed over time and how the most recent Supreme Court ruling about Hobby Lobby gives corporations more rights than ever before.

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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 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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