Topic: World History II

Current Event July 9, 2014

Cuba Depends on Tourism to Support Rocky Economy

Economics World History II

Tourism in Cuba makes up 10% of the island nation's gross domestic product. If America ever lifts its ban on travel to Cuba, its expected there could be a surge of at least a million Americans visiting. But tourism also brings wage disparity to the Communist country. Those who work in the tourism industry earn much more than other professions. Listen to this public radio story to learn why tourism is important to Cuba's survival.

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Current Event July 1, 2014

100 Years Ago, the Shot that Started WWI Fired

World History II Geography World War I

100 years ago, the shot that was heard around the world and started World War I was fired. It fatally wounded Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie. The assassins did not realize it would unleash a world war. Listen to this radio story to find out why.

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Current Event June 24, 2014

Last of Navajo Code Talkers Dies at 93, Navajo Language in Jeopardy

World History II World War II

The last of World War II’s Navajo Code Talkers died at 93 years old. Americans collaborated with the Native American Navajo tribe to create a code that was unbreakable to Japanese forces during WWII. Today, the Navajo fear their language will die out. Listen to this public radio story to learn why.

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Current Event June 9, 2014

Brazilians are Not Motivated to Celebrate the World Cup Due to Lack of Preparation

World History II Sports South America

As the World Cup is about to start, local Brazilians are not motivated to celebrate and join the festivities due to a lack of preparation. Stadium seats are not fully tested for safety and locals are unhappy with the government for spending so much money on the sporting event. Some Brazilians are feeling embarrassed because they worry their country isn't going to delivery a world class World Cup. Listen to this radio story to learn why.

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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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Current Event June 2, 2014

Looking Back at Beijing's Tiananmen Square Protest, 25 Years Later

Civics/Government World History II Protest

Twenty five years ago, a group of students in China dared to challenge the Communist government with protests in a major square in Beijing called Tiananmen Square. The protests were broken up by the military, who fired into the crowd. More than 300 people were estimated to have been killed. The government called the protests "counter-revolutionary." In the decades since the "Tiananmen Massacre," the government has worked to make the protest disappear from the minds of the Chinese people. Listen to this story and then discuss how history can be controlled.

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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 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 14, 2014

The Government Cleans House in Post-Revolution Ukraine

World History II Geography

Post-Revolution Ukraine is starting a “lustration,” or a process of cleaning house to separate from the old regime. Some believe that this is a type of witch hunt, but others think that the heavy hand is needed for Ukraine’s new, clean start.

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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 7, 2014

Syrian Refugees

World History II Geography

It has been three years since thousands of Syrian refugees living in neighboring countries have worked or attended school. They were forced from their country due to the war. Life is difficult for the refugees, but it is also hard on the host country’s economy as well as international aid groups. Listen to hear more about Syrian refugees.

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Current Event March 31, 2014

NATO Defends Allies

World History II Geography

After Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, NATO looks to strengthen defenses around allied countries in the face of possible aggression from Russia. The international community gathered recently to discuss ways to deter Russia.

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