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'Gifted' Treatment For Underachieving Students

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As students are returning to school, the achievement gap is taking front-and-center in education debates. Researcher Yvette Jackson is proposing that school officials offer "gifted and talented" programs to underachieving students. She says these programs build on students' strengths and give them more power in deciding what they learn. Jackson is the former executive director of instruction and professional development for New York City public schools, and now heads The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education. She speaks with host Michel Martin.
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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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