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Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The Majority Opinion
Justice Abe Fortas
Justice Abe Fortas discusses the majority opinion in Tinker v. Des Moines: a landmark case for the constitutional rights to protest and to free speech for students in U.S. public schools.
For a North Korean refugee raising her kids in the UK, the past is never far
Jieun Baek speaks to a North Korean refugee about her experiences in North Korea and raising her kids in the United Kingdom.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A girl’s brother is arrested and sent to a corrupt prison in Nigeria.
The Red Bow
A father is devastated when his daughter is killed by a diseased dog.
Screen Addiction Among Teens: Is There Such A Thing?
Anya Kamenetz explores whether or not teens can be truly addicted to technology.
The Black Death
Margaret Gushue discusses how a devastating plague changed Europe in the 14th century.
Emily Sohn discusses an experiment that tests the unselfish nature of young children and chimps.
Students Identify With 50-Year-Old Supreme Court Case
Nina Totenberg discusses a re-enactment of the famous Supreme Court case, Tinker v. the Des Moines Independent Community School District.
Why there's no place like home for the holidays
Frank T. McAndrew
Frank T. McAndrew discusses why people come home for the holidays.
God Sees the Truth, But Waits
Leo Tolstoy translated by Aylmer Maude
A man is sent to prison after he is convicted for a crime he didn’t commit.
What trick-or-treating tells us about human nature
Dilip Soman discusses how scientists study the choices of trick-or-treaters.
Inside North Korea's literary fiction factory
Meredith Shaw discusses the literary fiction produced by North Korea’s regime.
Excerpt from Bleak House
In this excerpt from Bleak House, a man asks the narrator to pay his debt.
Excerpt from Song of the Lark
A young girl helps her aunt prepare for her roles in plays.
The Signers of the Declaration: Historical Background
National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
Before the War for Independence, American colonists voiced their disagreement with the Crown through protests and assembly.
Speech to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists
In this speech, a lead scientist in the development of the atomic bomb speaks a few months after the bombing of two Japanese cities.
The Egyptian Tomb
A mother and daughter go on their weekly lunch outing.
Taste over waste: ugly food movement winning friends
This text explores the "ugly food" movement in supermarkets across the world.
What happens to North Koreans who flee their country — and what can they tell us?
Alexander Dukalskis discusses the repressive North Korean government and the people who decide to escape it.