Topic: US History II

Boston still felling impact of segregated schools 40 years later

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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Rising

Current Event June 17, 2014

Rising Numbers of Minors Crossing the Border Shows Holes in Immigration System

Civics/Government Immigration US History II

The number of unaccompanied minors crossing the Mexican-American border has increased dramatically and sources say that it's due to a failing immigration system. Although a large number of children are found by border patrol, many evade authorities and cross into a country by themselves. Listen to this public radio story to learn what happens to them.

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Soldiers and villagers continue to celebrate d day 70 years later

Current Event June 6, 2014

Soldiers and Villagers Continue to Celebrate D-Day 70 Years Later

US History II World History II

70 years after the Allies invaded Normandy to liberate France from Nazi control during WWII, many of the soldiers who stormed the beaches on D-Day are very old or no longer alive. But those who witnessed the invasion and the relatives of the soldiers continue to gather in the small village in France where it happened. Many soldiers stayed in contact with the same villagers they met during wartime. Listen to this audio story to learn about the commemoration.

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Jackierobinsonrookieseason

Current Event April 19, 2014

Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier

Race US History II Sports

On April 15, 1947, African American baseball player Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was an interesting choice by the Dodgers to break the race barrier in baseball because he was an older player and not seen as the best player in the Negro league. Listen to learn how Robinson’s strong character, as much as his talent, helped to successfully integrate baseball.

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Poverty.grapes.wrath

Current Event April 19, 2014

Poverty and ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

Economics Literature US History II

John Steinbeck’s classic “The Grapes of Wrath” was released more than 75 years ago. The tale of poverty and hope is still frequently read today. The book is the story of the Joad family heading West from Oklahoma to California during the Dust Bowl. The novel’s depiction of poverty shocked readers at the time but remains relevant in America today. Listen to learn how themes of the book reflect the 1930s and the present.

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Bostonmarathon

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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Greatgatsbymovie

Current Event April 6, 2014

The Great Gatsby, Book to Movie

Literature US History II

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel “The Great Gatsby” has inspired many adaptations. From film to opera, this story of wealth, love and reinvention in the Jazz Age has stood the test of time. In 2013 the most recent and epic film adaptation was released. It includes scenes in 3D and music from rap artist Jay-Z. Director Baz Luhrmann shaped the film and its production around Fitzgerald’s writing style and contemporary subject matter. Listen to learn more about how F. Scott Fitzgerald’s style shines through in this contemporary retelling.

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Pope francis celebrates one year

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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