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Understanding History With 'Guns, Germs, And Steel'

Freshmen "common reads" are becoming increasingly popular at American colleges and universities. One of the more popular common read assignments is Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Originally broadcast on Sept. 8, 2011.
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Arlington Schools Not Backing Down On New Busing Rules

Some parents in Arlington County aren't looking forward to the first day of school Tuesday, as more than 1,000 Arlington students who previously took the bus have to find another way to get to school.


Are Today's Millennials The 'Screwed Generation'?

U.S. student loan debt tops $1 trillion, and young people face disproportionately high unemployment. Writer Joel Kotkin points to these numbers when he claims the millennial generation is getting the short end of the stick. Kotkin speaks with host Michel Martin about what he calls the "screwed generation."
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D.C.'s Turner Elementary Like New After $30M Renovation

Turner Elementary School students in the District started school last week in what felt like entirely new digs, thanks to a $30 million renovation to the school that happened over the summer. 


From A Single Charter School, A Movement Grows

City Academy in St. Paul, Minn., became the nation's first charter school in 1992. Its founders were convinced troubled students would thrive in a small school with rigorous instruction and caring teachers. The school inspired similar projects nationwide, and now there are 5,600 schools in 41 states.
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Half Of Fines For Virginia Tech Shooting Reinstated

Half of the fines levied against Virginia Tech for being slow to react to the tragic shooting in 2007 have been upheld by the U.S. Education Secretary.


What's A Charter School If Not A Game Changer?

The publicly funded, privately run schools are at a crossroads. The initial goal was to experiment with alternative ways of educating children, but as charter schools spread rapidly, not all are making the intended impact.

The Sound Of Art In Los Angeles, Calif.

Sound Art is a mobile music program that teaches children how to play instruments and create music.