Time zones have reflected a changing world of politics, commerce and technology. This public radio story explores the history of time zones and the transition from local time to a global, coordinated standard time, which wasn’t always an easy transition.
Story Length: 1:53
Andrew Bales/KNEW, distributed by PRX
AIR DATE: 02/22/2013
Google Maps is playing an unexpected role in modern-day disputes over borders, or so called border wars. In 2010 Nicaragua claimed the Costa Rican island of Isla Calero and defended its actions by pointing out that Google Maps showed the island as Nicaraguan. A year later, the Netherlands complained that Google Maps gave land claimed by the Netherlands around the Ems River to Germany. Google says its Maps tool is only for “entertainment purposes”, and should not be used to make “territorial, political, or military decisions.” This public radio story explores how satellite mapping has changed border disputes.
These levels of listening complexity can help teachers choose stories for their students. The levels do not relate to the content of the story, but to the complexity of the vocabulary, sentence structure and language in the audio story.
These stories are easier to understand and are a good starting point for elementary students or English learners.
These stories have an average language challenge for middle and high school students, and can be scaffolded for English learners.
These stories have challenging vocabulary and language and students may need to have some background knowledge to understand the story.