Topic: Reform

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Current Event July 2, 2018

What Does Patriotism Mean to You?

Politics Protest Reform War

Around national holidays many visitors come to Washington DC, the capital of the federal government. On the National Mall, a large park surrounded by national museums, they shared what they believe defines patriotism. They noted service, sacrifice and freedom. Listen to hear what patriotism means to some Americans.

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Current Event December 18, 2017

Tax Reform and the Middle Class

Politics US government Reform

Throughout his election campaign, President Trump promised a more populist approach to taxes. He said that wealthier Americans would pay more and the working class would pay less in taxes. However, the tax bill now debated by Congress goes in the other direction and appears to benefit the highest-earning Americans, according to many analysts. Political commentators have mixed opinions on how Trump’s supporters will respond. Listen to hear how this tax bill is different from what was promised on the campaign trail.

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Current Event June 3, 2016

Debate: Is It Fair to Send People to Jail for Not Paying Fines?

Law Ethics Reform

Sending someone to jail because they can’t pay a debt is against the law. But often courts in the United States imprison people who cannot pay court fines. For example, homeless people can be ticketed for sleeping in a park and then put into prison for not paying the fine. The city of Colorado Springs is stopping this practice. The city is also paying people who have previously been held in jail under these circumstances. Listen to hear more about this new policy and debate the pros and cons with your students.

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Food safety and the jungle

ELA High School

Food Safety and 'The Jungle'

Politics Health Ethics Fiction Reform Informational Text Persuasive

Our food supply is considered safe today thanks in large part to a movement to improve safety following the publication of the novel in 1906, "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. It was a vivid portrayal of the lives of immigrant families who worked in a meat-packing plant in Chicago. Americans were shocked and disgusted. This public radio story tells of how "The Jungle" galvanized public support to improve the safety of our food system.

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Animal farm and satire

ELA High School

'Animal Farm' and Satire

Civics/Government Politics World History II Culture Communism Satire World Literature Dystopian Fiction Reform

George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” was published in 1945. Its message was explicitly political as a statement and a satire against Stalinism and the dictatorial socialism of the Soviet Union. Understanding this allegory gives deeper meaning to the talking animals who take control of their farm. Seventy years later, does this message of failed revolution resonate in a communist nation with a similar revolution and trajectory? Listen to learn how a later theatrical adaptation of the book is being understood in modern day China.

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No paid paternity leave

Current Event March 25, 2014

No Paid Paternity Leave in U.S.

Civics/Government Economics Reform

The United States is only one of three countries that does not support mandatory paid paternal leave, which often results in economic hardship for families. Examples from other countries show that paid family leave supports the economy and stronger families.

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