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Educational Innovators Ask 'Why Can't Learning Be Fun?'

Remember the days when everything from ABCs to math and the arts were taught the same way to every student? Well now, innovations in education are changing the ways that children learn. Host Michel Martin finds out more at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
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Hot Tips To Reinvent Education

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation about new methods for teaching with a panel of education innovators at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
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Afghan Woman Fights For Women's Education

In the United States, education is a right for all children. For Shabana Basij-Rasikh in Afghanistan, it was something she was willing to risk her life for. She speaks with host Michel Martin about her story, and a school she co-founded in Afghanistan that helps educate young women.
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Avoiding The Post-Millennial Mid-Life Crisis

There's been no shortage of articles written about how twenty-somethings are struggling to turn the corner into adulthood. But psychologist Meg Jay says it's not because they lack opportunity: it's because they lack motivation. She joins host Michel Martin for a special parenting segment to discuss life skills for millennials.
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Remembering William Gray: A Mentor To Many

Host Michel Martin pays tribute to former Congressman William Gray, who died Monday. He served as the first black majority whip in the House of Representatives and pushed Congress to stop American investment in South Africa during apartheid. He went on to serve as the long-time leader of the United Negro College Fund.
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Democrats Face The Two States Of Texas: Urban And Rural

The good news for Texas Democrats is that the state is becoming more urban. The bad news? It could be many years before urban Democratic voting margins are high enough for them to win statewide elections.
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VIDEOS: Solemn Salutes To Fallen Firefighters In Arizona

The 19 "hotshots" who were killed while fighting a wildfire over the weekend were remembered on Monday in Prescott, Ariz. The simple tolling of a bell and the reading of their names brought home the sad story. Meanwhile, the fire they were fighting continues to burn.
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Sign Maker Misspells Florida, Twice

Florida's Department of Transportation ordered a new sign for Interstate 95. Both times the word Florida was spelled wrong. The sign manufacturer in Arkansas made the mistake.
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Local TV Stations Snapped Up In Buying Sprees

Chicago-based Tribune Company, newly out of bankruptcy, is trying to sell its newspaper holdings. The company is making a major play in local TV. The Sinclair Broadcasting Group owns and runs more stations but it too went on a TV buying spree this year. So have the Gannett Company and Media General.
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Former Energy Secretary Wants Power Generation Decentralized

Renee Montagne talks to former Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, who stepped down in April, about the current energy boom and how he would like to change energy policy.

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