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Boko Haram & The Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapping
Barrett Smith discusses the kidnapping of 276 Chibok schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes how best one can live their life.
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.
What My Father Said
A boy wants to play football with his friends, but is put to work by his dad.
When Women Stopped Coding
Steve Henn explores why fewer women are pursuing jobs in computer science.
‘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.
Who Are You Today, María?
Judith Ortiz Cofer
A girl dresses up for Who You Are Day at school.
Ain't I a Woman?
Sojourner Truth speaks on women's rights at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851.
The Lure of Shakespeare
Robert W. Butler
Robert W. Butler discusses William Shakespeare’s success as a playwright.
Shakespeare's Other World
Kim Zarins discusses the otherworldly creatures of William Shakespeare's plays The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The Late Troubles at Salem
Marjorie Rackliffe discusses the unfair witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts.
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.
Lather and Nothing Else
A nervous barber shaves a military captain.
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.