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Environmental Literacy: Exposing D.C. Students To Nature

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A new federal initiative called the No Child Left Inside Act is pushing states to teach students about the environment. So far the District has not secured funding to make environmental literacy part of the school curriculum. But as Julia Edwards reports, some educators and environmental policy makers are working on plans to put students in touch with the great outdoors without burdening teachers or taxpayers.

Julia Edwards' report is part of a collaboration between WAMU 88.5 News and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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