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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.
Cracking Code Purple
Anna Ouhchy discusses the discovery made by a female code breaker during World War II.
The White Umbrella
A Chinese American girl sees a white umbrella she wishes she could have.
The Medicine Bag
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Martin’s grandpa comes to visit and brings a medicine bag that is to be passed down to him.
The Wild Dog of Caucomgomoc
Charles Boardman Hawes
A man makes an unlikely friend in a dog who has been feared by an entire town.
Valentine for Ernest Mann
Naomi Shihab Nye
A speaker describes finding inspiration for poetry from the world around them.
Mike visits his grandmother at a nursing home and has a startling discovery.
Plessy vs. Ferguson
Plessy v. Ferguson was a court case that challenged racial segregation in public areas in the 1890s.
Memories Of A Former Migrant Worker
Felix Contreras interviews his father about his experiences as a migrant worker.
Attack on Fort Sumter Marked Start of War
The South’s attack on Fort Sumter was the beginning of the Civil War.
Henry Adams’ Testimony Before Congress
Henry Adams describes his experiences working as a sharecropper to Congress.
What Do Zoos Do
Amy Miller discusses how zoos help animals in danger of extinction.
Akron at Night
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A speaker describes driving to Akron at night with their mother.
Voice of Witness: A Sudanese Refugee’s Oral History
Juliet Linderman for Voice of Witness
Juliet Linderman interviews Felix Lohitai about his experiences relocating as a South Sudanese refugee.
Trailblazing surgeon Mary Walker still one of a kind
As the nation’s first female surgeon, Mary Walker contributed both to the Civil War and to women’s rights.
War in Sudan
Jessica McBirney introduces the causes and effects of armed conflicts that go back decades in present-day Sudan and South Sudan.
Jessica McBirney describes the life and accomplishments of Duke Ellington, an influential musician during the Harlem Renaissance.