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African American Suffragists
Margaret Gushue discusses African American women’s experiences and contributions during women’s suffrage
Fly High, Bessie Coleman
Jane Sutcliffe discusses the first African American woman to receive her pilot license.
The Two Travelers
Maude Barrows Dutton
Two travelers must decide whether or not to complete a series of tasks for a reward.
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.
Boko Haram & The Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapping
Barrett Smith discusses the kidnapping of 276 Chibok schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
Making Books in Braille
Laurie Lower makes copies of books in braille for people with vision loss.
An Introduction to Communism
Jessica McBirney describes communism and discusses communist countries.
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.
A speaker describes a man’s experience after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.
A boy agrees to meet one of his classmates at a castle, not knowing what to expect.
A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes how best one can live their life.
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.
Going the Distance
Andy Boyles discusses how and why scientists are studying polar bears.
The Lights of Saint Lucia
Two sisters have important morning traditions for Saint Lucia Day.
The Little Girl Who Would Not Work
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl would rather play all day than work.
A girl struggles to get her grandfather to see her as American.