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NOAA's Big Miracle Worker
Dave Withrow describes how he helped three gray whales trapped in ice in Alaska.
Meet Hannah Wynne: Teen Storyteller
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski discusses a teen storyteller.
Supreme Court Landmark Series: Tinker v. Des Moines
In the Supreme Court Landmark Series, a host discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in Tinker v. Des Moines.
Chiron, the Wisest Centaur
Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, interviews Chiron the Centaur.
Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived — But Unreal — Risk?
Tania Lombrozo for NPR
Three researchers discuss their experiment exploring people’s judgements of the perceived risks parents expose their children to.
Memories Of A Former Migrant Worker
Felix Contreras interviews his father about his experiences as a migrant worker.
Voice of Witness: A Sudanese Refugee’s Oral History
Juliet Linderman for Voice of Witness
Juliet Linderman interviews Felix Lohitai about his experiences relocating as a South Sudanese refugee.
The Real ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun
A soldier who refused to carry a weapon in World War II emerged as a hero after saving 75 fellow soldiers.
The World’s Largest Refugee Camp Looks Like A Slum/Star Wars Mashup
Ari Shapiro interviews Ben Rawlence about the experiences of Somali refugees in Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world.
Nearly 1 Million South Sudanese Refugees In Uganda
Scott Simon interviews Noah Gottschalk about South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Uganda.
Gault Case Changed Juvenile Law
This panel discussion explores the juvenile justice system in America.
Serving with the Women's Army Corps
Veterans History Project
Wilma Hugunin, a World War II veteran who served in the Women’s Air Force, discusses her experiences during the war.
Excerpt from “Susan B. Anthony, The Woman”
Journalist Susan Dare interviews Susan B. Anthony and describes the life of this famous women’s rights activist.
Behind Closed Doors: 'Colorism' in the Caribbean
Michel Martin interviews Frances Robles on her report regarding colorism in the Dominican Republic.
Dark History Of Rwanda's Genocide
This interview with Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo explores how Rwanda is moving on from its history with genocide.
Experts Debate: Will Computers Edge People Out Of Entire Careers?
Experts with competing viewpoints discuss the impact that rapid technological development will have on the future availability of jobs.
Reliving the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Veterans History Project
An interview with a war veteran explores the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
UN Explores Native American Rights In U.S.
Michel Martin interviews S. James Anaya about his report on the rights and quality of life of indigenous people in the United States.
The Man Who Coined 'Genocide' Spent His Life Trying To Stop It
This informational text discusses Raphael Lemkin’s work to ensure that genocide was a recognized and punishable crime.