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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.
Making Books in Braille
Laurie Lower makes copies of books in braille for people with vision loss.
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.
Heidi Ayarbe describes life in a village located in the Amazon.
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 Unspoken History Behind a Surname
Lolly Bowean discusses the history behind African American surnames.
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.
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.
Granuaile was a well-known female leader and pirate during the 16th century in Ireland.
American Indian Boarding Schools Haunt Many
Charla Bear discusses the experiences of American Indians who were forced to attend boarding schools.
The Late Troubles at Salem
Marjorie Rackliffe discusses the unfair witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts.
Any More Earths Out There?
Vicki Oransky Wittenstein
Vicki Oransky Wittenstein discusses astronomers' work to find planets outside of our solar system.
The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks Out About Holding onto History
One of the Little Rock Nine discusses her experience attending the formerly all-white Little Rock Central High School.
Disaster on the East River: When the General Slocum Caught Fire
Mary E. Glucksman
Mary McCann’s actions helped save passengers of the General Slocum after it caught fire on June 15, 1904.