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African American Suffragists
Margaret Gushue discusses African American women’s experiences and contributions during women’s suffrage
Fly High, Bessie Coleman
Jane Sutcliffe discusses the first African American woman to receive her pilot license.
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.
Boko Haram & The Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapping
Barrett Smith discusses the kidnapping of 276 Chibok schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
Making Books in Braille
Laurie Lower makes copies of books in braille for people with vision loss.
An Introduction to Communism
Jessica McBirney describes communism and discusses communist countries.
Tornadoes: Watch Out!
Michael A. Signal
Michael A. Signal discusses the dangers of tornadoes.
The Dust Bowl
Jessica McBirney discusses the causes of the Dust Bowl, a time of severe dust storms in the central United States.
Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind A Legacy Of Farm Labor Rights
Maureen Pao, for NPR
Maureen Pao discusses the life and accomplishments of farm labor activist Cesar Chavez.
Going the Distance
Andy Boyles discusses how and why scientists are studying polar bears.
What a Pro Knows: Playing to Win
Christine Louise Hohlbaum
Christine Louise Hohlbaum discusses Tamika Catchings, a women’s national basketball star.
How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet
Steve Henn, for NPR
Steve Henn discusses how game companies are learning from the gamers that use their products.
The Reign of Terror
Jessica McBirney discusses the violent period during the French Revolution known as the Reign of Terror.
When Women Stopped Coding
Steve Henn explores why fewer women are pursuing jobs in computer science.
Barbara Radner discusses different government jobs.
‘Witch’ Burnings Haunt Kenyan Tribe
Gwen Thompkins discusses the burning of 11 accused witches in a Kenyan tribe in 2008.
Joining the Fight
Marcia Amidon Lusted
Marcia Amidon Lusted discusses influential African American women in the women's suffrage movement.
Salem Memorializes Those Killed During Witch Trials
Merrit Kennedy discusses the opening of a memorial established on the site where 19 people were hanged during the Salem witch trials.