: News

Local Students Perform At Fords Theatre

Play associated audio

By Cathy Carter

The famous words of America's great leaders now have new meaning to a group of students in Prince George's County.

Tony Clark is a junior at Central High School in Capitol Heights Maryland.

"Before this class I was mumbling when I talked, now I speak up and you can hear me all the way up the hallways," says Clark.

All year the students have been learning the speeches of famous orators like Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The program is a partnership with Ford's Theatre Education Department. Sarah Jencks is the director.

"Ultimately I see this program as a way of engaging young people in democracy because they're beginning to develop their voices, their democratic voices and so often they don't see themselves as participants," says Jencks.

The class has also emphasized using speaking skills to nurture leadership. Kate Conrad is their teacher.

"The transformation I've seen since the beginning of the year is that the students now believe in themselves, they believe in the course, and they believe in the power of oratory," says Conrad.

Students will deliver original speeches and famous works like the Gettysburg address in a program called Oratory in American Culture tonight at Ford's Theatre.

NPR

A Study Of Gods And Human Nature In 'Tiberius'

Under Tiberius is a new novel about deceit and crime. The main character is the man who came to be known as Jesus Christ. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Nick Tosches.
NPR

At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
NPR

SuperPac Filings, Candidates' Forums: The Week In Politics

Hillary Clinton released her medical report, her tax returns, and a cache of unseen emails on Friday. NPR's Scott Simon talks politics with senior editor Ron Elving.
NPR

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.