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Excerpt from My Mother’s Voice: The Proclamation
A young girl and her father see a notice declaring that Armenians must leave their home.
Stop the Atlantic Express!
Kate Sharp and Sarvinder Naberhaus
On July 6, 1881, Kate Shelley warned people about a washed-out railroad track to prevent a train from crashing.
Do What You Can
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
One raindrop wants to help a farmer water his crops.
2 Khmer Rouge Leaders Are Convicted in Cambodia
Thomas Fuller and Julia Wallace
Thomas Fuller and Julia Wallace discuss the conviction of two leaders of the Khmer Rouge organization in Cambodia that committed crimes against its people.
A Century of Blossoms
Patricia A. Miller
Patricia A. Miller discusses how cherry blossoms came to be planted in Washington, D.C.
A Rough and Rugged Road
Libby Wilson discusses the accomplishments of an important African American businesswoman, Maggie L. Walker.
What Good is the Big Bad Wolf?
Linda Zajac discusses the impact that wolves, and lack thereof, have on their habitat.
Working at the Hospital
Barbara Radner describes working at a hospital.
Barack Obama’s Nobel Lecture
Barack Obama accepts the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
Free at Last: A Kurdish Family in America
Karen O’Connor describes talking to a Kurdish family about their experiences as refugees.
The War of the Wall
Toni Cade Bambara
A woman comes to paint a mural on a wall that is used by the neighborhood kids.
A Lifeline for Lions
Pamela S. Turner
In 1994, biologists were mystified by the unexpected deaths of lions in a wildlife park.
U.S. Preparing Charges Against Leaker of Data
Michael S. Schmidt, Eric Schmitt, and Keith Bradsher
This The New York Times article discusses Edward Snowden’s leak of secret government information.
The Prophet Khizir
A poor man deceives a king in order to feed in family.
A narrator describes their mother’s life and past career as a trapeze performer.
When Stars Explode
Ken Croswell, Ph.D
Ken Croswell discusses what happens when stars explode.
Stopping for Olympic Gold
Angie Kay Dilmore
Angie Kay Dilmore discusses John Woodruff's win at the 1936 Olympics in Germany.
Cracking Code Purple
Anna Ouhchy discusses the discovery made by a female code breaker during World War II.