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The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 130 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.

The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 130 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.
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The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 130 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.

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@apmreports

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English

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800-227-2811


Episodes

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

8/22/2019
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There is a theory about how people read words -- one that's deeply embedded in teaching practices and curriculum materials widely used in elementary school classrooms. Although the idea has been disproved by cognitive scientists, it continues to be included in teacher preparation programs, promoted in professional development sessions, and marketed by publishers.

Duration:00:52:31

Students on the Move: Keeping uprooted kids in school

8/14/2019
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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
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Colleges need to get more students to graduate, and many schools are embracing a tool used by corporations and social media companies to track the clicks and movements of their customers: big data.

Duration:00:51:58

When Tasers Fail

5/9/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Ethics Be Damned, Part 1

3/19/2018
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More than half of Trump's 20-person Cabinet has engaged in questionable or unethical conduct since taking office. The nation's top ethics official says "these are perilous times." In the first installment of "Ethics Be Damned," APM Reports investigative journalist Tom Scheck joins Lizzie O'Leary of Marketplace Weekend to discuss whether the federal ethics system is broken. To read Tom's full investigation, visit apmreports.com/ethics.

Duration:00:13:02

Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids with Dyslexia

9/11/2017
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Public schools are denying children with dyslexia proper treatment and often failing to identify them in the first place.

Duration:00:51:51

Shadow Class: College Dreamers in Trump's America

9/8/2017
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President Trump is ending DACA, which allowed some 800,000 undocumented young people to stay and work in the United States. For some, that may mean the end of a dream of going to college. This program profiles DACA students and their opponents and examines a key court case and political forces that led to this moment.

Duration:00:52:24

Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade

9/4/2017
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A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. In many southern states, enslaved people built and maintained college campuses.

Duration:00:51:39

Keeping Teachers

8/28/2017
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There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers. But the United States is struggling to attract and keep teachers.

Duration:00:51:47

Historically Black, Part 3

2/17/2017
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The Question of Black Identity, Black Love Stories

Duration:00:51:52

Historically Black, Part 2

2/10/2017
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Tracking Down a Slave's Bill of Sale, The Path to Founding an HBCU, The Fiddler who Charmed Missouri

Duration:00:51:52