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Things that go Boom: Food Fight

Things that go Boom

Thursday, September 21st at 2:00pm

"What exactly does it means to be American?"
There are a lot of answers to that question. But one we don’t often explore has to do with burgers, or pad thai… or whatever you might find on your plate… and what those things have to do with our national security.In this special from from Things That Go Boom, Inkstick Media, and PRX: Two stories about food, family, and the choices our government makes in our name.

The US Secret War turned many Southeast Asians into refugees. Now their kids are keeping that story alive and also we meet one of the one-in-four military families dealing with hunger, even as they serve our country.

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Previously aired

Early Risers: Parent Perspectives on Racial Equity in Early Childhood

Early Risers

Sunday, September 10th at 10:00am

In this one-hour special, listeners will hear first-person perspectives of parents navigating racial equity discussions with their children. In addition, we will also share practical tips and insights from a variety of early childhood experts about how to talk with very young children about race and racism.

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Witness History: The Labor Movement

BBC World Service radio program logo.

Monday, September 4th at 9:00am

A collection of stories related to strikes, campaigns and successes for workers rights around the world. From the BBC's Witness History program, this specially-curated hour will bring first-hand accounts of significant moments in the labor movement from the US, UK and elsewhere.

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How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong

APM Presents

Saturday, August 26th at 7:00am and 2:00pm

There's an idea about how children learn to read that's held sway in schools for more than a generation — even though it was proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago. Teaching methods based on this idea can make it harder for children to learn how to read. In this special, host Emily Hanford investigates the influential authors who promote this idea and the company that sells their work. It's an exposé of how educators came to believe in something that isn't true and are now reckoning with the consequences — children harmed, money wasted, an education system upended.

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Saving the Vaquita – the world’s smallest porpoise and protecting its habitat

Saving the Vaquita

Wednesday, August 16th at 3:00pm

In this special we travel to Mexico's Gulf of California--one of the most biodiverse places on the planet to see what a porpoise (the Vaquita,) a fish (the totoaba) whose bladder fetches tens of thousands of dollars on the black market, and the highly desirable—and delicious—colossal shrimp tell us about the complicated world of fishing. We learn how local fishermen are impacted by Mexican Cartels and the implementation of sustainable fishing practices. 

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The Forum: The Evolution of Teenagers

BBC World Service radio program logo.

Friday, August 11th at 2pm

Paleoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi takes us through the big evolutionary questions about adolescence: Why do humans go through this developmental stage? What's the point of all that teenage angst? And how come every generation stubbornly repeats the same mistakes?

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Witness History: Pride Month

BBC World Service radio program logo.

Remarkable stories of LGBT+ rights, told by the people who were there.