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The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 140 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.

The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 140 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.

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United States

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The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 140 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.

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@apmreports

Language:

English

Contact:

800-227-2811


Episodes

Black at Mizzou: Confronting race on campus

8/14/2020
Lauren Brown says college was "culture shock." Most of the students at her high school were Black, but most of the students at the University of Missouri were white. And she got to the university in the fall of 2015, when Black students led protests in response to a string of racist incidents. The protests put Mizzou in the national news. But the news stories didn't match what Lauren saw. They made it seem like racism on campus was an aberration. And they made it seem like Black student...

Duration:00:53:02

What the Words Say

8/6/2020
Everyone agrees that the goal of reading instruction is for children to understand what they read. The question is: how does a little kid get there? Emily Hanford explores what reading scientists have figured out about how reading comprehension works and why poverty and race can affect a child’s reading development. Read the full story.

Duration:00:52:43

Covid on Campus

7/29/2020
The coronavirus pandemic represents the greatest challenge to American higher education in decades. Some small regional colleges that were already struggling won’t survive. Other schools, large and small, are rethinking how to offer an education while keeping people safe. This program explores how institutions are handling the crisis, and how students are trying to navigate a major disruption in their college years. Colleges on the brink The long tradition of students attending small,...

Duration:00:53:10

Soldiers for Peace

11/7/2019
During the Vietnam War, roughly one in five GIs actively opposed the conflict. Many servicemen and women came to believe they were not liberating the country from communism but acting as agents of tyranny. In the combat zone, they rebelled against their commanders' orders. At home, they staged massive protests. Soldiers for Peace offers a first-person look at how GIs were transformed by Vietnam, and the strategies veterans and active-duty personnel used to bring the war to an end.

Duration:00:52:16

Uprooted: The 1950s plan to erase Indian Country

11/1/2019
In the 1950s, the United States came up with a plan to solve what it called the "Indian Problem." It would assimilate Native Americans by moving them to cities and eliminating reservations. The 20-year campaign failed to erase Native Americans, but its effects on Indian Country are still felt today.

Duration:00:52:48

Excerpt from Uprooted

10/16/2019

Duration:00:07:51

Fading Minds: Why There's Still No Cure for Alzheimer's

10/15/2019
In the 1970s, the founder of the National Institute on Aging convinced a nation that senility was really Alzheimer's and could be cured. Research money flowed to one theory, leaving alternatives unexamined — today it's come up short.

Duration:00:52:33

At a Loss for Words: What's wrong with how schools teach reading

8/22/2019
For decades, schools have taught children the strategies of struggling readers, using a theory about reading that cognitive scientists have repeatedly debunked. And many teachers and parents don't know there's anything wrong with it.

Duration:00:52:31

Students on the Move: Keeping uprooted kids in school

8/14/2019
A growing body of research finds that repeatedly uprooted children are more likely to struggle in school and more likely to drop out. But there are ways to help them succeed.

Duration:00:51:56

Under a Watchful Eye: How colleges are tracking students to boost graduation

8/6/2019
At Georgia State in Atlanta, more students are graduating, and the school credits its use of predictive analytics. But critics worry that the algorithms may be invading students' privacy and reinforcing racial inequities.

Duration:00:51:58

When Tasers Fail

5/9/2019
Tasers have become an essential tool for police, but how effective are they? An APM Reports investigation finds that officers in some big cities rated Tasers as unreliable up to 40 percent of the time, and in three large departments, newer models were less effective than older ones. In 258 cases over three years, a Taser failed to subdue someone who was then shot and killed by police.

Duration:00:50:59

Hard Words: Why Aren't Our Kids Being Taught to Read?

9/10/2018
Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.

Duration:00:52:45

Old Idea, New Economy: Rediscovering Apprenticeships

9/3/2018
You might think apprenticeships are a relic from an earlier era, but a growing number of Americans are using them as a way into the middle class.

Duration:00:52:46

Still Rising: First-Generation College Students a Decade Later

8/27/2018
They bet that college would help them move up. Did it pay off?

Duration:00:52:11

Changing Class: Are Colleges Helping Americans Move Up?

8/20/2018
Colleges have long offered a pathway to success for just about anyone. But new research shows that with the country growing ever more economically divided, colleges are not doing enough to help students from poor families achieve the American Dream.

Duration:00:52:36

Order 9066, Part 3: Leaving Camp

7/11/2018
At the end of 1944, the U.S. government lifted the order barring people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. Many people freed from camp faced racism and poverty as they tried to rebuild their lives.

Duration:00:52:58

Order 9066, Part 2: Fighting for Freedom

7/11/2018
At the beginning of World War Two, Japanese Americans not already in the military were declared ineligible for service. The government said it doubted their loyalty. But as the war dragged on, the need for manpower grew urgent.

Duration:00:52:58

Order 9066, Part 1: The Roundup

7/11/2018
Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Hours later, the FBI began rounding up people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.

Duration:00:52:58

Ethics Be Damned, Part 3

3/19/2018
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a major investor in Neurocore, a company based in Michigan that claims to help kids with various attention deficit disorders. Since taking office, she's kept her stake in the company and invested even more money in it. In the third and final installment of "Ethics Be Damned," APM Reports investigative journalist Tom Scheck joins Lizzie O'Leary of Marketplace Weekend to parse DeVos' potential conflicts of interest. Plus, what happens if watchdog groups use...

Duration:00:11:25

Ethics Be Damned, Part 2

3/19/2018
It all started with a fur coat and an expensive rug. It ended with the resignation of President Eisenhower's chief of staff. That incident led to the government ethics system of today. In the second installment of our series, APM Reports investigative journalist Tom Scheck joins Lizzie O'Leary of Marketplace Weekend to discuss the history of U.S. ethics rules, and the complicated financial holdings of current Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. To read Tom's full investigation, visit...

Duration:00:11:36