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Daisy Low Grows the Girl Scouts
Natasha Wing describes how Daisy Low founded the Girl Scouts.
A boy decides to get revenge on a teacher he believes has been unfair to him.
Maurine V. Eleder
A girl and her sister encounter a dangerous dust storm.
Sailing to San Blas
Claudia Lee-Ottman describes her family's experience visiting the Kuna Indians of San Blas.
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.
The Desperate Ride of Caesar Rodney
When it was time to vote on American colonies’ independence from England, delegate Caesar Rodney raced to Philadelphia to share his vote.
Dolores Huerta, Leader and Activist
Diane L. Brooks
Diane L. Brooks discusses Dolores Huerta, an important labor activist.
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.
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.
Free at Last: A Kurdish Family in America
Karen O’Connor describes talking to a Kurdish family about their experiences as refugees.
A Lifeline for Lions
Pamela S. Turner
In 1994, biologists were mystified by the unexpected deaths of lions in a wildlife park.
The Prophet Khizir
A poor man deceives a king in order to feed in family.
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.
Bowhead Whales with Talent!
Laura Lane discusses what scientists can learn from the songs of bowhead whales.
Dreams and Musical Feet
Daniel A. Kelin, II
Daniel A. Kelin, II discusses, S.B. Bhagyasree, a talented and young Bharata natyam dancer in India.
A Slick Little Robot
Harry T. Roman
Harry T. Roman discusses how and why he helped design the robot OTIS.