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The Peace Corps Journey
Jennifer Borgen explains what the Peace Corps is and what volunteers can expect when they choose to work abroad.
The Lighthouse Lamp
Margaret E. Sangster
A family’s lighthouse is the only thing keeping sailors from crashing during a storm.
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Woodman.
Arriving at Emerald City
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy and her friends arrive at the Emerald City to meet the Great Oz.
“The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tensions rise at home as a boy must suppress his magical abilities around his non-magical family, who has forgotten his birthday.
Father of All Forecasters
Charles Brusso discusses the man who developed the foundation of weather forecasting, Cleveland Abbe.
Maureen Ash discusses the discovery of a fish that was believed to be extinct.
Of Feathers, Fat, and Freezing
Donna DeVoe DiFolco
Donna DeVoe DiFolco explains why chickadees are able to survive in extremely cold conditions.
Most Valuable Player
Sarah Van Arsdale
A speaker describes what it would be like to have a trophy for softball.
To Fly Like the Hawk and the Eagle
Iris Whitney discusses her first ride in a glider, a plane without an engine.
Play, Play Again
Ellen Braaf discusses the benefits that animals experience from playing.
At Your Fingertips
Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Ruth Tenzer Feldman discusses the benefits of the National Weather Service.
Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Young People and International Service
John F. Kennedy
When he delivered this brief speech at University of Michigan in 1960, Kennedy shared his idea for the Peace Corps.
Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast
A speaker describes Aurelia Dobre’s gymnastics routine.
The Night the Ghost Got In
A boy believes he hears a ghost in his house.
Turn, Turn, My Wheel
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes watching a potter mold clay.