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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Qin Li speaks Mandarin in front of her third-grade math class. Today, they're working on word problems involving time. (Stina Sieg/KJZZ)

We visit a second-grade classroom in an Arizona public school, where students are immersed in Mandarin.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers (right) and his son Christopher Myers are both concerned about the lack of diversity in children's literature. (Malin Fezehal)

African-American children’s book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The justices ruled 6-2 that Michigan voters had the right to prohibit public colleges from taking account of race.

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Monday, April 21, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden speak to guests at the Community College of Allegheny County on April 16, 2014 in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. The President and Vice President are announcing new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

With all the attention from the White House, how are community colleges doing?

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Adams City High School 17-year-old Jynessa (left) talks with Encompass therapist Erica Hermann in a conference room at the school. Jynessa is trying to quit smoking marijuana. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

In Colorado, we meet a high school student who wants to stop smoking pot, but she’s finding it tough to do so.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
In this Thursday, May 26, 2011 photo, high school guidance counselor Roslyn Wagner, rear, talks with Jessica Hujber, 15, at Cooper City High School in Cooper City, Fla. Wagner used to handle just one grade. But two years ago, one of the school's four guidance counselors retired and she hasn't been replaced. That left her with the 800 students to shepherd through scheduling and college admissions, to counsel and support. "It's too many kids," Wagner says with a sigh. She's far from alone in her predicament. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Lisa Micele answers listener questions and explains what schools are looking for beyond GPAs and standardized test scores.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Adams City High School 17-year-old Jynessa (left) talks with Encompass therapist Erica Hermann in a conference room at the school. Jynessa is trying to quit smoking marijuana. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

We look at a pilot program at a high school in outside of Denver that is now offering treatment for marijuana users.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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High school students planning to take the SAT in 2016 can now look up sample questions to the new version of the college admissions test.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Adams City High in Commerce City, Colo., has about 2,000 students. During the 2010-2011 school year, 105 students were disciplined for drug or alcohol-related school offences. These students had almost twice as many unexcused absences, more than three times the number of days of school suspension, and almost a full grade point lower average GPA compared to students without drug/alcohol related offences. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio reports on how some parents and educators are talking about marijuana use with their kids.

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Friday, April 11, 2014
The S.S. United States, which held speed records for Atlantic crossings, is docked in the Delaware River in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

The fastest cruise liner ever built is gutted and rusting, but has attracted the attention of a best-selling author and illustrator.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Students walk on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. The college's president is among those who does not support a new law allowing guns on campus. (Lewis-Clark State College)

Idaho recently became the seventh state to allow concealed weapons at public colleges. We talk with one college president.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In this May 13, 2009 file photo, Jonathan Hutcheson works on his laptop as his iPhone lays beside it at a coffee shop in Columbia, Mo. (L.G. Patterson/AP)

Cognitive neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf fears skimming and scanning on our digital devices is ruining our ability for “deep reading.”

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A student at Noble Street College Prep in Chicago does classwork. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

At the Noble Network of Charter Schools, which has 14 campuses in Chicago, 23 percent of students were suspended in 2013.

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Bruce Farrer, a Canadian teacher, has begun sending his former students letters they wrote to themselves as children. (Bruce Farrer)

A Canadian teacher is sending his former students letters they wrote to themselves decades ago.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
College acceptance letter (silversnake852/Flickr)

Exponentially more complicated than applying for college is figuring out how to pay for it. We talk to an expert.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
On the planet of Venera, Coneheads walk in packs. Aguilar imagines that these creatures might have a great sense of smell and communicate using odor. (David Aguilar)

Astronomer David Aguilar takes information about real exo-planets and dreams up the plants and animals that might live there.

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Friday, March 28, 2014
US President Barack Obama visits with preschoolers at Powell Elementary School in Washington, DC, March 4, 2014. The President has called for universal prekindergarten. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

A new study finds that children who attended high-quality preschool had significantly better health outcomes in adulthood.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Kain Colter (#2) led the Northwestern University football team's effort to win the right to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board granted the players' request yesterday. The university plans to appeal the decision. ((John Gress/Getty Images)

Northwestern University, the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference have criticized the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to let players unionize.

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks as Attorney General Eric Holder, left, looks on as they discuss the importance of universal access to preschool and the need to reduce "unnecessary and unfair school discipline practices and other barriers to equity and opportunity at all levels of education" at J. Ormond Wilson Elementary School in Washington, Friday, March 21, 2014. (Cliff Owen/AP)

A new report from the Department of Education finds that black students are disproportionately affected by school discipline policies.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

The proposal would make a program ineligible for federal student aid if its graduates fail to meet a debt-to-earnings metric.

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Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 23 3 Comments

Kenyan Author’s Missing Chapter: Being Openly Gay

Acclaimed memoirist Binyavanga Wainaina talks about his writing, Africa today and his new life as an openly gay man.

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Sherpas Walk Out From Everest Base Camp

On Mount Everest today, dozens of Sherpas packed up their gear and left base camp, after a lack of response to their demands.

April 22 Comment

What Do We Have To Teach Plato?

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away."

April 22 21 Comments

Children’s Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.