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These Pumpkins Sure Can Kick!
Patricia Cuff discusses a young girls’ soccer team in Namibia, Africa.
Peter McDonnell discusses the land of Africa and the people that live throughout the continent.
How a Flamingo Balances on One Leg
These extreme bird balancers stay upright with little muscle effort
Explainer: Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons
Lillian Steenblik Hwang
Lillian Steenblik Hwang discusses how hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons form.
Protest Music is as American as Apple Pie
Thomas Pool discusses the history of protest music in America.
The Hero's Journey
Jessica McBirney discusses a common structure in stories known as the Hero’s Journey.
The Golden Ratio
Pamela Huber describes a special mathematical formula.
Excerpt from Walden: “The Ponds”
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau describes Walden Pond.
Math Isn’t Just for Boys
Rachel Crowell discusses why girls pursue math-related activities and careers less often than boys.
Dam Revives Aral Sea and Nearby Communities in Kazakhstan
Morning Edition, NPR
NPR discusses the positive impacts a dam has had on the shrinking Aral Sea and its surrounding communities.
Zombies are real!
Kathryn Hulick discusses real-life zombies and the organisms that control them.
For Teens, A Good Mood Depends on Good Sleep
Meenaskshi Prabhune discusses the amount of sleep teenagers should be get to be at their best.
Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing
Elissa Nadworny discusses why teenagers are drawn to the genre of dystopian fiction.
This Tiny Animal Is Apocalypse-Proof
Maria Temming describes a creature that can survive in unforgiving environments.
Immigration to the United States
Michael A. Signal
Michael A. Signal discusses the history of immigration to the United States.
What a Pro Knows: Prepared to Save Lives
Jean Daigneau describes the experiences of firefighter Eric Davis.
How A Typical Teen Did Something Not So Typical to Help Street Kids
Linus Unah discusses a teen’s actions in Nigeria to help street kids.
Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil Rights Movement
Maria Godoy discusses Georgia Gilmore, who contributed to the Civil Rights Movement through her cooking.
Cesar Chavez: His Fight for the Farm Workers
Barbara Bloom discusses Cesar Chavez’s activism to protect the rights of farm workers.