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2016-2017
September 2016:
Protections Rescue the Island Foxes

Biography: Tim Coonan, Biologist (Retired), Channel Islands National Park

October 2016:
L.A.’s Libraries Expand After-school Programs

Biography: Kren Malone, Director, Los Angeles Central Library

November 2016:
Scientists Discover a New Fault

Biography: Valerie Sahakian, Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey

December 2016:
The Hall of Fame Honors Its 10th Class

Biography: Amanda Meeker, Executive Director, The California Museum

January 2017:
Four High Schools Have New Nicknames

Biography: Ron Nocetti, Assoc. Exec. Director, Ca. Interscholastic Federation

February 2017:
Schools and Districts Declare Themselves Sanctuaries

Biography: Sylvia Torres-Guillén, Dir. of Education Equity, ACLU of California

March 2017:
Americans Remember Executive Order 9066

Biography: Karen Korematsu, Exec. Director, Fred T. Korematsu Institute

April 2017:
California’s Wildflowers Burst Into Bloom

Biography: Dan Gluesenkamp, Executive Director, California Native Plant Society

May 2017:
Some Drones are Disturbing Wildlife

Biography: Michelle Arellano, Guest Experience Educator, Marine Mammal Center

June 2017:
The Summer of Love Happened 50 Years Ago

Biography: Erin Garcia, Managing Curator of Exhibitions, CA Historical Society

 

2015-2016
September 2015:
Gray Wolves Return to California
Biography: Peter Figura, Environmental Scientist, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife

October 2015:
A School District Goes Organic
Biography: Judi Shils, Executive Director, Turning Green

November 2015:
Los Angeles Faces a Homeless Crisis
Biography: Pamela Nell, Assistant Manager, Rebele Family Shelter

December 2015:
Desalination Comes to Carlsbad
Biography: Leon Gomez, City Engineer, Sand City, California

January 2016:
California’s New Motor Voter Act
Biography: Dorsey Nunn, Executive Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

February 2016:
El Niño is Ready to Deliver
Biography: Dr. Michael Anderson, California State Climatologist

March 2016:
The 101 Freeway Gets an Overpass for Wildlife Biography: Paul Edelman, Chief Ecologist, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

April 2016:
Nancy Reagan Fought Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Biography: Dr. Andrea Tenner, Director, UCI MIND 

May 2016:
SeaWorld Changes Its Mind About Orcas

Biography: Courtney Fern, CA State Director, Humane Society of the U.S.

June 2016:
The Klamath’s Dams Are Coming Down

Biography: Curtis Knight, Executive Director, California Trout

 

2014-2015
September 2014:
New Law Makes Roads Safer for Bicyclists
Biography: Janine Rood, Bicyclist/Executive Director, Chico Velo Cycling Club

October 2014:
Electric Vehicles Help Air Quality in the Valley
Biography: Jaime Holt, Chief Communications Officer, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

November 2014:
Food Forward Shares California’s Abundance
Biography: Bethany Harris, Fruit Drive Coordinator, Food Forward

December 2014:
Berkeley Votes for a Soda Tax
Biography: Dr. Vicki Alexander, Co-chair, Yes on D Campaign

January 2015:
The Carmel River Finds its Way Around a Dam
Biography: Lorin Letendre, President, Carmel River Watershed Conservancy

February 2015:
San Francisco Celebrates the Pan Pacific Expo’s Centennial
Biography: Charlie Duncan, Architect and Historic Preservation Consultant

March 2015:
California Tries to Stop the Spread of Measles
Biography: Dr. Helene Calvet, Deputy County Health Officer, Orange County Health Care Agency

April 2015:
Hermosa Beach Says “NO” to Oil
Biography: Sarah Sikich, Vice President, Heal the Bay

May 2015:
California Proposes a New Statue in D.C.
Biography: Dr. Karen Flammer, Co-founder/Sr. Science Advisor, Sally Ride Science

June 2015:
Santa Monica Works Toward Wellbeing of Residents

Biography: Julie Rusk, Asst. Dir. of Community and Cultural Services, City of Santa Monica

 

2013-2014
September 2013:
Bike Sharing Comes to the Bay Area
Biography: John Brazil, Bicyclist/Pedestrian Advisor, San Jose Dept. of Transportation

October 2013:
San Onofre’s Power Plant Closes
Biography: Damon Moglen, Climate/Energy Advisor, Friends of the Earth

November 2013:
Passengers Cross to U.S. from Tijuana’s Airport
Biography: Bob Bolton, Director, Airport Design and Construction, San Diego International Airport

December 2013:
America’s Largest Landfill Closes
Biography: Frances Bieda, Engineering Technician for Water Quality, LA County Sanitation District

January 2014:
Sunnyvale Calls for Gun Safety
Biography: Shikha Hamilton, CA Campaign Manager, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

February 2014:
Fracking Proceeds, but Not Without Questions
Biography: Alexandra Nagy, Organizer, Food and Water Watch

March 2014:
Folsom Lake’s Low Water Reveals Ruins
Biography: Mary Mast, Director, Folsom History Museum

April 2014:
Mirrors in the Desert Produce Energy
Biography: Mike Bobinecz, Vice President of Construction Management, BrightSource Energy

May 2014:
Volunteers Watch Migrating Gray Whales
Biography: Alisa Schulman-Janiger, Director/Coordinator, ACS-LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project

June 2014:
75th Anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath
Biography: Eliz. Welden-Smith, Curator of Education and Public Programs, National Steinbeck Center

 

2012-2013
September 2012:
JPL Lands Another Rover on Mars
Biography: Tracy Neilson, Fault Protection Designer Jet Propulsion Laboratory

October 2012:
San Franciscans Will Vote on Hetch Hetchy
Biography: Paul Mazza, Program Development Mgr. San Francisco
Public Utilities Commission

November 2012:
The California Science Center Continues Its Mission
Biography: Ken Phillips, Curator for Aerospace Science California Science Center

December 2012:
Mavericks Waits for the Big Waves
Biography: Kurt Page, Surf Contest Judge

January 2013:
Undocumented Students Get a Nice Gift
Biography: Meng So, Coordinator UCB Undocumented Student Program

February 2013
Pinnacles Becomes America’s Newest National Park
Biography: Nichole Andler, Chief of Interpretation, Pinnacles National Park

March 2013
Gun Buyback Days Get Big Responses
Biography: Robt. Robinson, Resource Development, United African American Ministerial Action Council

April 2013
Tunnels at Devil’s Slide are Ready to Open
Biography: Laurel Finnegan, Park Ranger, San Mateo County Dept. of Parks

May 2013
The Bees are Dying
Biography: Dr. Eric Mussen, Extension Apiculturist, University of California, Davis

June 2013
L.A. Finishes its Automated Traffic Control System
Biography: Jonathan Hui, Transportation Engineer Associate, L.A. Dept. of Transportation

 

2011-2012
September 2011
:

PG&E Helps Big Sur’s Condors
Biography: Mike Best, Manager PG&E Avian Protection Program

October 2011:
California Reduces its Prison Population
Biography: Margaret Mims, Sheriff Fresno County

November 2011:
Turlock’s New Carnegie Arts Center
Biography: Rebecca Phillips Abbott, Exec. Director Carnegie Arts Center

December 2011:
School Cell Phone Policies
Biography: Hector Villagra, Executive Director ACLU, Southern California

January 2012:
Los Angeles County’s Annual Mass Burial
Biography: Craig Harvey, Chief Coroner Investigator Los Angeles County Dept. of Coroner

February 2012:
Santa Cruz Police Use Predictive Policing
Biography: Zach Friend, Crime Analyst Santa Cruz Police Department

March 2012:
The Air Resources Board Sets New Standard
Biography: Mary Nichols, Chairman California Air Resources Board

April 2012:
Hunting Becomes a Hot Topic
Biography: Sara Holm, Associate Wildlife Biologist California Department of
Fish and Game

May 2012:
A Conference Examines Gang Violence
Biography: Paul Carrillo, Injury Prevention Coordinator St. Francis Medical Center

June 2012:
The Golden Gate Bridge Celebrates its 75th!
Biography: Charles Fracchia, Founder SF Museum and Historical Society


2010-2011
September 2010:
CIF Sets Standards for Metal Baseball Bats
Biography: Susie Woodall, Commissioner Marin County Athletic League

October 2010:
The San Diego Zoo Uncovers a Whale Fossil
Biography: Tom Deméré, Curator of Paleontology San Diego Natural History Museum

November 2010:
The DMV Designs a New License
Biography: Wesley Goo, Chief of Development DMV Licensing Operations

December 2010:
Suisun Bay’s Mothball Fleet is Disappearing
Biography: Saul Bloom, Executive Director Arc Ecology

January 2011:
Local Governments Ban Plastic Bags
Biography: Carol Misseldine, Director Green Cities California

February 2011:
Computer History Museum’s Time Has Come
Biography: Kirsten Tashev, VP Collections/Exhibitions Computer History Museum

March 2011:
Forty Acres Gets its Historic Plaque
Biography: Sergio Guzman, Secretary-Treasurer United Farm Workers of America

April 2011:
Tsunami Warnings Work for Coastal Towns

Biography: Kelly Huston, Assistant Secretary California Emergency Management Agency

May 2011:
Youth Radio Gives Young People a Voice
Biography: Denise Tejada, Production Assistant Youth Radio

June 2011:
The Klamath’s Dams Must Go

Biography: Steve Rothert, CA Regional Director American Rivers


2009-2010
September 2009:
CT Scans Meet Mummy at Fine Arts Museums of SF
Biography: Renée Dreyfus, Ancient Art Curator Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

October 2009:
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Celebrates 25 Years

Biography: Steve Webster, Marine Biologist (Retired) Monterey Bay Aquarium

November 2009:
The Smog Season Ends

Biography: Joe Cassmassi, Planning/Rules Manager So. Coast Air Quality Management District

December 2009:
Route 66 Reaches the Santa Monica Pier

Biography: Jim Conkle, Founder Route 66 Preservation Foundation

January 2010:
UC Gives Honorary Diplomas to Japanese-Americans

Biography: Judy Sakaki, Vice Pres. for Student Affairs University of California

February 2010:
The Law Gets Tough with Paparazzi

Biography: Mark Boster, Staff Photographer Los Angeles Times

March 2010:
Sonoma State Gets Sapling from the Anne Frank Tree

Biography: Elaine Leeder, Dean, Social Studies Sonoma State University

April 2010:
The Salinas River Gets an Inflatable Dam
Biography: Curtis Weeks, General Manager Monterey County Water Resources Agency

May 2010:
The Pony Express Rode 150 Years Ago
Biography: Candise Schmidling, Board of Trustees Pony Express National Museum

June 2010:
A Campaign Saves Cahuenga Peak and the Hollywood Sign

Biography: Paige Rausser, Senior Project Manager Trust for Public Land


2008-2009
September 2008:
America Considers Drilling Offshore

Biography: David Landecker, Executive Director Environmental Defense Center

October 2008:
Berkeley Helps Residents Go Solar

Biography: Nils Moe, Assistant to the Mayor City of Berkeley

November 2008:
California Builds a Telehealth Network

Biography: Janis Dickens, CTN Outreach Coordinator UC Davis Health System

December 2008:
LA Fights the Spread of Billboards

Biography: Dennis Hathaway, President Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight

January 2009:
New Toll Road Cannot Go Through State Park

Biography: Stefanie Sekich, Coordinator Surfrider’s Campaign to Save Trestles

February 2009:
Program Helps Residents Get Bank Accounts

Biography: Tse Ming Tam, Vice President Community Investment, United Way

March 2009:
Angel Island Restores Old Immigration Station

Biography: Dave Matthews, Superintendent Angel Island State Park

April 2009:
Californians Face Water Restrictions

Biography: Mindy McIntyre, Water Program Manager Planning and Conservation League

May 2009:
Salmon Fishing Season Remains Closed

Biography: Chuck Tracy, Salmon Staff Officer Pacific Fishery Management Council

June 2009:
Lick Observatory Gets Planet-Finding Telescope

Biography: Steve Vogt, Astronomy Professor University of California, Santa Cruz


2007-2008
September 2007:
Monterey Jazz Festival Turns Fifty
Biography: Timothy Orr, Marketing Associate, Monterey Jazz Festival

October 2007:
Marine Life Gets Added Protection
Biography: Kaitilin Gaffney, Central Coast Program Manager, Ocean Conservancy

November 2007:
Lake Davis Fights to Save Trout
Biography: Amber Rossi, Fisheries Biologist, California Department of Fish and Game

December 2007:
Fire Investigators Look for Clues
Biography: James Palisi, Fire Marshal, Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department

January 2008:
The Minimum Wage Goes Up
Biography: Jean Ross, Executive Director, California Budget Project

February 2008:
High Speed Rail Finds Its Way
Biography: Dan Leavitt, Deputy Director, California High Speed Rail Authority

March 2008:
Proposed Changes to Farmworkers' Visa Program
Biography: Cynthia Rice, Director of Litigation, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

April 2008:
Muir Woods Turns 100
Biography: Jim MacDonald, Education Coordinator, Muir Woods National Monument

May 2008:
Dry Cleaners Switch to a Greener Process
Biography: Peter Sinsheimer, Director, Pollution Prevention Center, Occidental College

June 2008:
Law Requires Drivers to Use Hands-free Phones
Biography: Joe Simitian, Senator, State of California, 11th District (Palo Alto)



2006-2007
September 2006:
The Salton Sea Returns to Health
Biography: Dan Cain, Project Manager, Salton Sea Authority

October 2006:
Long Beach’s Port Turns Green
Biography: Jim Hankla, President, Board of Harbor Commissioners

November 2006:
Griffith Observatory Reopens
Biography: Dr. Edwin Krupp, Director, Griffith Observatory

December 2006:
San Francisco’s Christmas Tree Program
Biography: Gloria Chan, Public Information Officer, San Francisco Dept. of the Environment

January 2007:
The Lower Owens River Gets Water From LA
Biography: Carla Scheidlinger, President, Owens Valley Committee

February 2007:
The Getty Museum Looks for Art’s Rightful Owners
Biography: Carrie Menke, Postdoctoral Fellow, Getty Conservation Institute

March 2007:
Overcrowding in the Prisons
Biography: Donald Specter, Director, Prison Law Office

April 2007:
A Historic Fight to Preserve Allensworth
Biography: Victor Carter, President Friends of Allensworth

May 2007:
Bald Eagles Hatch on Catalina Island
Biography: Dr. Peter Sharpe, Director of Bald Eagle Project, Institute for Wildlife Studies

June 2007:
Santa Cruz Boardwalk Celebrates 100 years
Biography: Jimmy Raun-Byberg, Senior Technical Artist Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk



2005-2006

September 2005:
The UC System Opens a Campus in Merced
Biography: Miriam Barlow, Assistant Professor, UC Merced School of Natural Sciences

October 2005:
San Jose State Unveils a Statue
Biography: John Carlos, Teacher/Activist/Olympic Champion

November 2005:
Project Open Hand Celebrates Turns Twenty
Biography: Artrese Morrison, Director of Volunteer Services, Project Open Hand

December 2005:
California’s Death Penalty
Biography: Barbara Becnel, Author/Editor; Executive Director of Neighborhood House

January 2006:
Court Blocks Video Game Law
Biography: Mike Antonucci, Popular Culture Writer, San Jose Mercury News

February 2006:
New Species in Caves at Sequoia and Kings Canyon
Biography: Darrell Ubick, Senior Curatorial Assistant, California Academy of Sciences

March 2006:
The First Annual Tour of California
Biography: Ian Sherburne, Bicycle Mechanic

April 2006:
Centennial of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire
Biography: Susan Goldstein, Archivist

May 2006:
Fresh Water Flows into the San Joaquin River
Biography: Dr. Carrie McNeil, Deltakeeper

June 2006:
The Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights
Biography: Cindy Montañez, Assemblywoman


2004-2005

September 2004:
Redding Opens the Sundial Bridge
Biography: Robyn Peterson, Curator of Art, Turtle Bay Exploration Park

October 2004:
A White Shark Goes on Display
Biography: Kevin Weng, Graduate Student, Hopkins Marine Lab of Stanford University

November 2004:
Photos Record California’s Coast
Biography: Kenneth Adelman, Environmental Activist

December 2004:
Bells Line El Camino Real
Biography: John Kolstad, Owner, California Bell Company

January 2005:
Recycling E-Waste
Biography: Mark Murray, Executive Director, Californians Against Waste

February 2005:
Oakland Considers Future of Mounted Police Unit
Biography: Chris Saunders, Police Officer, Mounted Unit, Oakland PD

March 2005:
CIF Tackles Steroids
Biography: Marie M. Ishida, Executive Director, California Interscholastic Federation

April 2005:
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Biography: Glenn Geffcken, Festival of Books Senior Project Manager

May 2005:
Greyhound Eliminates Stops
Biography: Kim Plaskett, Senior Manager of External Communications, Greyhound Lines Inc.

June 2005:
Santa Cruz Bans Smoking on Its Beaches
Biography: Joel Braga, Beach Maintenance Worker, City of Santa Cruz



2003-2004

September 2003:
SF's Conservatory of Flowers Reopens
Biography: Jim Henrich, Curator, Conservatory of Flowers

October 2003:
Walkers Go Border to Border on Coastal Trail
Biography: Linda Hanes, President, Coastwalk Board

November 2003:
San Onofre Sends Its Reactor Packing
Biography: Jude Posik, Radiological Planner, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

December 2003:
Bark Beetles Feast on Forests
Biography: Glenn Barley, Forester, CA Dept. of Forestry and Fire Prevention

January 2004:
Breeding Season for Elephant Seals
Biography: Michael Grant, CA State Park Ranger

February 2004:
Monterey Clears a Minefield in Afghanistan
Biography: Nahela Hadi, Executive Director, Adopt-A-Minefield

March 2004:
Cell Phones and Young Drivers
Biography: Debra Bowen, CA Senator, 28th District

April 2004:
California Youth Authority
Biography: Cynthia Florez-DeLyon, Assistant Director, CYA Prevention and Victims Services

May 2004:
Schools in Los Angeles Go "Sweatfree"
Biography: David Tokofsky, School Board Member, LAUSD

June 2004:
San Francisco Bay Reclaims Wetlands
Biography: Marge Kolar, Refuge Complex Manager, SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge



2002-2003
September 2002:
CSU's New Campus Opens
Biography: Richard Rush, President, CSU Channel Islands

October 2002:
Yosemite Rebuilds Half Dome Trail
Biography: Tim Ludington, General Foreman for Roads and Trails, Yosemite National Park

November 2002:
Court Gives Public Access to Beaches
Biography: Linda Locklin, Coastal Access Program Manager, California Coastal Commission

December 2002:
New Helmet Law
Biography: Jonas Lee, Product Planner, PRO-TEC

January 2003:
California Gets Less Water from Colorado River
Biography: Gary Bryant, Manager, Hoover Dam

February 2003:
Coast Guard Gives Away Two Lighthouses
Biography: Carol O’Neil, Historian, Point Sur Light Station

March 2003:
Sacramento’s Tower Bridge Wears New Paint
Biography: Steve Takigawa, Deputy District Director of Maintenance, Caltrans

April 2003:
Design of California’s Commemorative Quarter
Biography: Marie Hayden, Office Assistant, California State Library

May 2003:
LA’s Metro Opens a New Line
Biography: Gerald Francis, General Manager, Metro Rail Operations

June 2003:
SF Zoo Copes With State's Budget Crisis
Biography: Deb Cano, Animal Keeper, San Francisco Zoo



2001-2002
September 2001:
CA's Coast Opens to Otters
Biography: Julie Hymer, Stranding Coordinator, Monterey Bay Aquarium

October 2001:
Keeping Lake Tahoe's Water Clean
Biography: Juan Palma, Executive Director, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

November 2001:
Electric Vehicles to LA's Post Office
Biography: James Smith, Postmaster of Los Angeles

December 2001:
New Museum in Chinatown
Biography: Melissa Szeto, Executive Director, Chinese Historic Society of America Museum and Learning Center

January 2002:
Valid ID's for Mexicans
Biography: Marco Alcázar, Consul General of Mexico

February 2002:
100th Anniversary of John Steinbeck's Birth
Biography: Celeste DeWald, Director of Education, National Steinbeck Center

March 2002:
New Highway Exit Signs
Biography: Mark Bewley, Caltrans Transportation Engineer

April 2002:
Re-enactment of Japanese-American Internment
Biography: Mas Hashimoto, Past President, Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL

May 2002:
Condor Chick Survives in the Wild
Biography: Mike Barth, Wildlife Biologist, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge

June 2002:
Superfund Site Becomes Fresno Sports Park
Biography: Kathi Moore, EPA Environmental Engineer



2000-2001
September 2000:
Beach Ordinances in Laguna Beach
Biography: Mark Klosterman, Chief of Marine Safety

October 2000:
Berkeley's New Skatepark
Biography: Lisa Caronna, Director of Parks and Waterfront

November 2000:
The Death Valley Encampment
Biography: Lee Crosby, Past President, Death Valley '49ers

December 2000:
SFO's New International Terminal
Biography: Ron Wilson, Director of Airport Operations, SFO

January 2001:
California's Electricity Crisis
Biography: Marwan Masri, Manager, Renewable Resources Program, CA Energy Commission

February 2001:
Health Care for Kids in Santa Clara County
Biography: Maríbel Ramirez, Outreach Worker, Gardner Health Center

March 2001:
César Chávez Day
Biography: Julie Chávez Rodríguez, Program Coordinator, César Chávez Foundation

April 2001:
"Violence is Preventable" Program
Biography: Betsy Magdaleno, Coroner's Investigator, County of Los Angeles Dept. of Coroner

May 2001:
The Gray Wolf's Return
Biography: Nancy Weiss, California Species Associate,
Defenders of Wildlife

June 2001:
The Dalai Lama Visits California
Biography: Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet


1999-2000
September 1999:
Coastal Commission's Annual Beach Cleanup Day
Biography: Linda Maraniss, Center for Marine Conservation, Washington, D.C

October 1999:
San Jose's Mexican Heritage Plaza
Biography: John Rialson, Mariachi Youth Program Coordinator

November 1999:
Hector Mine Earthquake Near Twentynine Palms
Biography: Tom Parsons, Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey

December 1999:
New Gun Laws for 2000
Biography: Sarah Brady, Chair, Handgun Control Inc.

January 2000:
Cities' Recycling Efforts
Biography: Debra Kaufman, Recycling Program Manager, City of Berkeley

February 2000:
New and Expanded National Monuments
Biography: Leticia Ruiz, Chief of Administration, Pinnacles National Monument

March 2000:
California's Primary Election
Biography: Gail Dryden, President, California League of Women Voters

April 2000:
San Francisco Giants' New Stadium
Biography: Scott MacVicar, Head Groundskeeper

May 2000:
Yosemite Valley Plan
Biography: Jay Watson, Regional Director, Wilderness Society

June 2000:
California's 150th Birthday
Biography: Mary Helmich, Sesquicentennial Director, California State Parks

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2016-2017
September 2016:
National Museum of African American History and Culture

original idea; previous efforts; location on Nat’l. Mall; architecture; artifacts; exhibits; opening ceremony

October 2016:
Voting Laws Differ from State to State

literacy tests; poll taxes; Amendments that protect voting rights; Voting Rights Act; photo ID’s; various states’ laws

November 2016:
Prisoners Across U.S. Go on Strike

prison populations; “three strikes” laws; 1971 uprising at Attica Prison; conditions; wages; companies’ use of labor

December 2016:
America Remembers the Attack on Pearl Harbor

America’s neutrality; development of Pearl Harbor; Japanese aggression; attack on December 7; destruction; U.S. entry into WWII; 75th anniversary events

January 2017:
First Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing

history of wind power; fossil fuels; early wind farms; growth of wind farms; Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island; fixed and floating turbines; need for renewable energy

February 2017:
The West Gains Two New National Monuments

Antiquities Act of 1906; Teddy Roosevelt; tribal support for monuments; Bears Ears Nat’s. Monument; Gold Butte Nat’l. Monument; use of lands; “existing rights”

March 2017:
Ringling Bros. Closes Its Circus

history of circuses in England and US; P.T. Barnum; five Ringling brothers; acts and animals; buying Barnum & Bailey; changing attitudes about animals; attempts to modernize

April 2017:
Democracy Needs a Free Press

First Amendment; Founding Fathers; role of information in democracy; Supreme Court rulings; comments by politicians today; World Press Freedom Day

May 2017:
Scientists’ March on Washington

experimentation and observation; reduced funding to EPA/NASA/NIH; scientists and politics; climate change; pro-science demonstrations; march on Earth Day 2017

June 2017:
50th Anniversary of Country Music Hall of Fame

country music’s origins; early instruments; popularity through records and radio; Grand Ole Opry; introduction of new instruments; Hall of Fame’s purpose; celebrations this year

 

2015-2016
September 2015:
The Confederate Flag Falls into Disfavor

Civil War; slavery; Confederate flags; shooting in South Carolina; history of opposition; support for removal; changes in other states

October 2015:
Denali Gets Its Name Back

names for mountain; origin of name Mt. McKinley; Alaska’s stance; reason for changing name back to Denali

November 2015:
States Struggle with Guns on Campus

gun violence on campuses; Second Amendment; concealed carry; differences among states’ laws

December 2015:
Black Friday’s Frenzy is Fading

origin of name; meaning of name; holiday shopping season; competition for shoppers; reduced sales; effect on workers

January 2016:
U.S. Women’s Soccer Refuses to Play on Bad Turf

championships; suit against FIFA over artificial turf; history of artificial turf; gender equality; refusal to play game in Hawaii

February 2016:
Lead in Flint, Michigan’s Water

city’s economic struggles; emergency managers from state; use of river water; lead testing; denial by officials; health effects

March 2016:
75th Anniversary of Tuskegee Airmen

WWII; Blacks in military; training pilots at Tuskegee; Eleanor Roosevelt’s support; combat record; integration of Armed Forces

April 2016:
Three Cities Ban Smokeless Tobacco

tobacco in baseball history; bans on smoking; baseball’s fight vs. smokeless tobacco; cancers; Tony Gwynn and Curt Schilling; new bans

May 2016:
Bison Are Returning Home to Montana

early populations; slaughter; herd’s sale to Canada; Elk Island; 88 calves to MT; genetics; Blackfeet Nation

June 2016:
National Park Service Celebrates a Centennial

first parks; origin of NPS; Stephen Mather; popularity; funding; 100th anniversary programs; NPS goals for future

 

2014-2015
September 2014:
Washington Redskins’ Name Rekindles Controversy

owner’s refusal to change; team history; other offensive names; schools that have changed names; Patent Office ruling vs. team; political pressure to change

October 2014:
Voter Registration in Ferguson, Missouri

killing of Michael Brown; protests and police response; investigation by Dept. of Justice; lack of representation in city gov’t; registration drive; power of the vote

November 2014:
The Wilderness Act Turns 50!

abuses of nature; passage of the Act; protections it provides; growth of protected areas; recreational use of lands; anniversary celebration

December 2014:
Historic Holocaust Materials Surface at Auction

Mary Berg in Warsaw Ghetto; her 12 diaries; prisoner exchange/move to NY; publication in Yiddish; appearance of scrapbooks; family’s response to auction

January 2015:
TIME’s “Person of the Year” Tradition

magazine's history; first selection in 1927; guidelines for choices; presidents; women; groups and non-humans; 2014 choice of “Ebola Fighters”

February 2015:
New Processor Turns Sewage into Drinking Water

how the processor works; purity level of water; need for clean water worldwide; contamination and diarrhea; economic effects dirty water; trial run in Senegal

March 2015:
Drones are Ready for Takeoff in Business

other names for drones; shapes and sizes; equipment; operators; FAA safety guidelines; FAA proposal for use in business; safety concerns; growth in sales

April 2015:
New York City Adds Muslim Holidays to School Calendar

early school calendars in U.S.; separation of church/state; Christian and Jewish holidays; description of both Muslim holidays; advantages for students/families

May 2015:
E-Cigarettes Face New Opposition from CDC

how e-cigarettes work; history with tobacco companies; nicotine; ads and regulations; e-juice; advantages over cigarettes; health concerns; CDC’s ads

June 2015:
Self-driving Cars are Just Around the Corner

steady changes like cruise control, ABS, GPS, auto-parking; recent progress; sensors, scanners, radar; Google; stats on accidents; insurance; new releases

 

2013-2014
September 2013:
Fast-Food Workers Strike for Better Pay
changing fast-food work force; previous protests; current demands; minimum wage; “living wage”; outside support

October 2013:
Programs Remove Visible Tattoos

ancient uses; modern uses; methods of removal; lasers; Walla Walla’s “INK OUT” program

November 2013:
America Looks Back 50 Years to JFK

“Where were you?”; JFK’s presidency; trip to Dallas; assassination; funeral; Warren Commission; commemorations

December 2013:
Drive-in Theaters Struggle to Survive

history; growth in 1950s; comparison with indoor theaters; family appeal; fall of popularity; digital projectors; costs

January 2014:
Affordable Health Care Arrives

comparison with other countries; poor health and poor care; people without insurance; new law; signing up

February 2014:
The NFL Recognizes Players’ Brain Damage

definition of concussion; symptoms; teens; risks/effects of second concussion; football; lawsuit vs. NFL; payments

March 2014:
Seattle’s Food Forest Starts Producing

permaculture; neighborhood support; city support; planting and harvesting; free food; building community

April 2014:
New “Nutrition Facts” Panels on Food Packages

origin of panels; new knowledge about healthy food; fats; sugar; serving sizes; calories; fighting obesity

May 2014:
Football Players Attempt to Form Workers’ Union

Northwestern Univ.; hours per week; NLRB hearing; define employment; “student-athlete”; players’ goals

June 2014:
The Fourth Amendment Meets Cell Phones

searches by British in colonial America; Fourth Amendment; two cases before Supreme Court; arguments; popularity of cell phones


2012-2013
September 2012:
Title IX Has Brought Changes for Women
1972 passage of Title IX; education; sports; participation levels; women’s success; racial divide

October 2012:
The Ten Commandments Go on Display
freedom of religion; First Amendment; prayer in schools; previous court rulings on displays; GA’s current display

November 2012:
Some States Suppress Votes
past voting rights; Voting Rights Act; early voting; absentee ballots; new photo ID requirements; fraud

December 2012:
Voters Choose Marriage Equality
rights through vote/courts/laws; Defense of Marriage Act; civil unions; votes for new same-sex marriage rights in MD,WA, ME

January 2013:
The Mississippi River is Running Low
steamboats; 9-ft. deep channel; trade on barges; drought in Midwest; current low water levels; delays/halt to shipping

February 2013:
New Voices Call for Change in Gun Laws
2nd Amendment; old voices; assault weapons; background checks; M. Bloomberg;
G. Giffords; N.Y.’s new gun law

March 2013:
Grand Central Terminal Turns 100
railroad history; N.Y.’s terminals; Grand Central’s architecture; renovation; current services; celebration

April 2013:
DNA Sampling Goes to Court
taking samples at crime scenes; federal database; current Supreme Court case; privacy rights; police procedures

May 2013:
The Bush Presidential Center Opens
National Archives; presidential libraries; papers as public property; Bush Center’s items; dedication ceremony

June 2013:
Americans Love Their Marathons
Boston bombing; marathon’s origins; early popularity; Boston and NYC races; women runners; participation now

2011-2012
September 2011:
New Memorial Honors Victims of September 11
hijackers; attacks; World Trade Center; fatalities; health problems of survivors; post-traumatic stress disorder; memorial’s design; opening ceremony

October 2011:
Alabama Gets Tough With Immigrants
early immigration to U.S.; Asians on West Coast; Vietnamese immigration after war; Mexican border; Alabama’s new law; local opponents; opposition by U.S. Justice Department

November 2011:
Schools Stand Up to Bullies
profile of bullies; location of bullying; imbalance of power; cyberbullying; New Jersey’s new law; help for victims; initiatives in other states

December 2011:
National Film Registry Gets New Films
Library of Congress; early films; deterioration of film; preservation through Film Registry; annual selection of 25 films

January 2012:
War in Iraq Comes to an End
origin of Iraq war; participation by other nations; Saddam Hussein; oil; number of injuries and deaths; post traumatic stress disorder; improvements in Iraq; new government

February 2012:
Hazing Does Real Damage
pledging at colleges; definition of hazing; laws and regulations against hazing; imbalance of power; examples of two recent deaths; Cornell University’s call for end to pledging

March 2012:
New Ban Targets Giant Snakes
federal laws about exotic species; Burmese python; python’s arrival in Florida; Everglades’ food chain; how pythons kill prey; potential migration; other snakes

April 2012:
Fracking Raises Serious Concerns
drilling process; gas deposits in Marcellus Shale; environmentalists’ opinion of natural gas; pollution caused by fracking; connection to earthquakes; bans in some states

May 2012:
University of North Dakota’s Nickname Remains an Issue
NCAA’s 2003 request to eliminate logos and nicknames related to Am. Indians; changes by some schools; penalties for not changing; role of Sioux tribes; North Dakota’s law

June 2012:
Iowa’s Annual Bicycle Ride Across the State

ride’s origin; changes since 1973; 7-day ride, not a race; limit of 10,000 riders; routes; medical and repair help along route; camping in host cities; safety tips



2010-2011
September 2010:
A.A.’s 75th Anniversary
founders; growth; meetings; anonymity; sponsors; The 12 Steps; alcohol abuse rates; support for members

October 2010:
Disease Puts Bats in Danger
scary reputation; feeding on insects; pollenation; refuge in caves; hibernation; white nose syndrome; death rates

November 2010:
Santa Fe Celebrates 400 Years!
Native Americans; Spaniards; settlement; trade; Santa Fe Trail; railroad; art and architecture; festivities

December 2010:
Automakers Move Toward Electric Cars
GM’s early dominance; “muscle cars”; pollution; fuel prices; hybrid/all-electric cars; Leaf; Volt; Tesla Motors

January 2011:
Audubon’s Society’s Christmas Bird Count

founding of society; first count in 1900; current procedures; protection of species; BP oil spill

February 2011:
School Lunches Get Healthier
history; early federal programs; quality of food; empty calories; adult health issues; new law’s requirements

March 2011:
Supreme Court Looks at Violent Video Games
CA’s law; negative effects on minors; arguments before Court; free speech; video game industry

April 2011:
“How Big Was It?” (History of Seismology)
Japan’s earthquake; early seismology/instruments; Mercalli Scale; Richter Scale; modern measurements

May 2011:
New Mexico Ends Corporal Punishment in Schools
history; forms of punishment; laws in other states; roles of parents; arguments for/against

June 2011:
The Space Shuttle Makes its Final Flight
origins; Cold War; first astronauts; Int’l. Space Station; disasters; Hubble Space Telescope; int’l cooperation


2009-2010
September 2009:
The “Cash for Clunkers” Program

program’s purposes; funding from U.S. government; define “clunker”; requirements on buyer; requirements on dealer; public’s response; popular makes and models; effect on pollution and U.S. economy

October 2009:
Cities Try to Reduce Gang Violence

violence statistics; previous approaches; “Ceasefire” program’s origin; success rates; collecting information; calling in gang members; help to low-level gang members

November 2009:
The American President Wins a Nobel Peace Prize

fields for prizes; Alfred Nobel; founding of prizes; other 2009 candidates; other presidents who won; reasons for Mr. Obama’s selection; praise/criticism of selection; Mr. Obama’s response

December 2009:
”The Simpsons” Makes TV History

longest-running series ever in prime time; FOX Network’s risk; early praise and criticism; comparison of characters to those in 1950s sitcoms; reasons for success; awards

January 2010:
Government Rounds Up Wild Horses
history of horse in North America; killing of horses; ranchers’ fears; protection by gov’t. since 1971; BLM’s plans for new roundup; horses to preserves; opposition

February 2010:
“Downwinders” in Arizona Seek Help
nuclear bomb testing; race for nuclear weapons; Nevada Test Site; radiation; disease/death downwind in surrounding states; compensation by fed. gov’t.

March 2010:
The “Cape Wind” Wind Farm
location of turbines; need for clean energy; opposition to project; “NIMBY”; concerns of Native Americans; delays in project; decision by Secretary of Interior

April 2010:
The 2010 Census

advertising of census; questionnaires; responses; follow-up efforts with non-responders; fears; immigrants; use of information by gov’t.; changes from previous years

May 2010:
U.S. Mint’s “America the Beautiful” Program

history of 25-cent coin; changes in 20th century; 1999 “State Quarters” Program; coins’ designs in new program

June 2010:
The FDA Gains Control of Tobacco

1994 hearings before Congress; secret additives to tobacco; nicotine; quitting smoking; restrictions on smoking in public; smokeless products; ad restrictions; young smokers



2008-2009
September 2008:
College Presidents Look at Alcohol Abuse

legal drinking age of 21; private consumption; MADD; Amethyst Initiative’s national discussion; binge drinking; alcohol education; lowering drinking age to 18

October 2008:
Presidential Election Guarantees Historic Result

candidacies of Sarah Palin and Barack Obama; ; women’s history in politics; Blacks’ history in politics; current numbers of women in office; international attention to this election

November 2008:
Safe Haven Laws for Children

protection for abandoned babies; why mothers/parents abandon babies; laws’ stipulations; Nebraska’s lack of age limit; abandoned teenagers; stresses on young parents

December 2008:
Freedom of Speech Goes Before the Supreme Court

church of Summum in Utah; desire to erect religious memorial in city park; refusal by Pleasant Grove City; First Amendment guarantees; arguments before the Court; other similar cases

January 2009:
Millions Go to the Inauguration

change from March to January; oath; address; Mr. Obama’s connection to Lincoln; tickets to ceremony; Tuskegee Airmen’s attendance; crowds on National Mall; weather and traffic problems

February 2009:
Concussions Have Long-term Effects

definition of concussion; symptoms; recovery; National Football League’s study; increased risk of future concussions; former players’ problems; brain disease

March 2009:
Barbie’s 50th Birthday

Mattel’s origin; baby boom; first Barbie doll; sales; Barbie’s professions; criticism of unrealistic body shape; girls’ body image; Barbie’s place in toy history

April 2009:
Newspapers Face Tough Times

history; newspapers in early US; falling profits; closure of Seattle Post-Intelligencer; other closures; cutting costs reduces quality; role of local papers; competition from Internet

May 2009:
Court in Florida Gives Saggy Pants a Lift
decency laws; laws against saggy pants; opposition; origin of saggy pants; Riviera's Beach's law; court's decision

June 2009:
50th Anniversary of Hawaii's Statehood
geography; Polynesian culture; Captain Cook; kings; foreigners; tourism; rebirth of Hawaiian culture; anniversary



2007-2008
September 2007:
The Opportunity NYC Program
poverty in New York City; developing responsible behaviors; Mexico’s program; cash to parents for visits to doctors, schools; cash to children; cash to single adults

October 2007:
50th Anniversary of Integration at Little Rock’s Central HS
segregated schools; integration of public services in Little Rock; governor’s stance; President Eisenhower’s stance; troops and police; TV’s role in integration; “Little Rock Nine”

November 2007:
Philadelphia’s “10,000 Men” Hit the Streets
murder rate; Black community’s concerns; plan to put 10,000 men on streets; benefits to high-crime neighborhoods; peacekeeping patrols

December 2007:
Doping in Sports
fair competition; stimulants; steroids; health risks; Balco; Marion Jones; Barry Bonds; Floyd Landis; Slipstream-Chipotle cycling's testing program; damage to reputation

January 2008:
New Jersey Abolishes the Death Penalty
NJ study commission’s findings; deterrence; costs; effect on victims’ families; innocent people on death rows in U.S.; opinion polls; lethal injection; “cruel and unusual punishment”

February 2008:
The GRAMMY Turns Fifty
origin of award; Recording Academy; first ceremony in 1958; rock & roll; nomination process; categories; GRAMMY Hall of Fame

March 2008:
Space Junk
kinds of objects in orbit; danger to spacecraft; volume of junk; life span of satellites; China's and USA's shooting down of satellites

April 2008:
The Second Amendment Goes to Court
amendment’s text; history of rulings; D.C.’s gun law; current case; individual/collective right to bear arms; handguns at center of debate

May 2008:
The Newseum Opens in D.C.
location and architecture; galleries; history of newspapers; interactive exhibits

June 2008:
The Great Lakes Compact
lakes’ formation; flow and sources of water; demand for water; causes of low water levels; Compact’s provisions to conserve water and protect environment



2006-2007
September 2006:
Courts Protect Americans from Wiretapping
limits on electronic surveillance; past abuses; uses; Bush administration’s wiretapping; court order to stop

October 2006:
The Embargo Against Cuba
American investments in Cuba; Castro’s rise; 1962 embargo; suffering of Cubans; votes to end embargo; loopholes for doing business

November 2006:
U.S. Population Hits 300,000
how Census Bureau calculates growth; “baby boom”; why populations grow; immigration; regional growth; environmental impact

December 2006:
Votes to Make English the Official Language
reasons for an official language; places that have it; newly passed laws and ordinances; immigrants

January 2007:
Alaska’s Polar Bears Need Protection
Fish and Wildlife’s announcement; Endangered Species Act; destruction of habitat; global warming

February 2007:
The Harlem Globetrotters Turn Eighty
team’s origin; wins over Minneapolis Lakers; integration of NBA; Hall of Fame; current focus on basketball

March 2007:
Changes to Daylight Saving Time
origin in WWI; U.S. use of daylight saving; AZ, HI, IA; saving energy; changes in dates

April 2007:
Honeybee Colonies Collapse
pollination; monoculture farming; hives on farms; theories about “colony collapse disorder”; danger to agriculture

May 2007:
“Paper or Plastic?”
environmental impacts; SF’s new program for biodegradable bags; recycling; canvas bags

June 2007:
Jamestown Gets a Closer Look on 400th Anniversary
profit motives; drought; disease; abuse of Indians; tobacco; slaves; “commemoration,” not “celebration”


2005-2006
September 2005:
Mt. Rushmore Gets Its First Bath
history of monument; its construction; need to wash and repair granite; cleaning process

October 2005:
FEMA and Hurricane Katrina
FEMA’s job; warnings of danger to Gulf Coast; simulation “Hurricane Pam”; what FEMA knew before Katrina

November 2005:
Rare Vacancies on Supreme Court
how vacancies occurred; selection process; diversity

December 2005:
300th Anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s Birth
arrival in Philadelphia; accomplishments; celebration of birthday in Philadelphia and U.S.s

January 2006:
NCAA Seeks Nickname Changes
offensive nicknames and logos; appeals by some schools; new policy’s penalties; political correctness

February 2006:
Illegal Immigration Across the Mexican Border
numbers of immigrants; effect on job market and economy; costs to states; patrols; fence

March 2006:
Skyscrapers Turn Lights Out for Migrating Birds
flyways; migrations at night; confusion caused by lights and glass; “Lights Out” programs in NY and Chicago

April 2006:
MySpace
musical origin; alternative to public meeting spaces; growth of site; dangers; safety

May 2006:
Oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
gasoline prices; description of ANWR; oil deposits; “footprints” from drilling; arguments for/against drilling

June 2006:
Removing Soft Drinks from Schools
new agreement with soda companies; weight and obesity problems; diet; advertising at schools and on TV


2004-2005
September 2004:
Hurricane Charley Hits Florida
characteristics of hurricanes; National Hurricane Center; warnings; categories; damage; aid

October 2004:
Voting Machines
problems in 2000; voting systems in U.S.; optical scammers; touch-screens

November 2004:
Mount St. Helens Rumbles Again
Cascade Range; 1980 eruption; other volcanoes; causes of eruptions; geologists monitoring of activity

December 2004:
Oil Spills into Delaware River
this accident; clean-up techniques; effect on environment; oil tanker construction; Exxon Valdez; other sources of oil pollution

January 2005:
Montana’s Bison Hunt
bison populations; Yellowstones herd; brucellosis; cattle industry concerns; history of hunts 1985-91; protests; 2005 hunt; alternatives

February 2005:
Special Olympics
origin; growth of Games; oath; socialization; athletes health

March 2005:
Tasers
how they work; effects on victims; advantages to police; appropriate/inappropriate use; appeals for restricted use

April 2005:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Lincoln; other presidential libraries; collections and exhibits in Springfield; opening celebration

May 2005:
New Programs for Homeless
causes of homelessness; housing costs; temporarily/chronically homeless; laws; shelters; new programs

June 2005:
Discovery of New Dinosaur
importance as missing link; site in Utah; diet; migrations; discovery by fossil dealer; exhibit


2003-2004
September 2003:
40th Anniversary of the March on Washington
1963's march; MLK's speech; new inscription on steps of Lincoln Memorial; 2003's ceremonies; disparities in income, education and health; affirmative action; voter registration

October 2003:
The "Do Not Call" Registry
telemarketers; states’ "Do Not Call" lists; national registry; restrictions; exceptions

November 2003:
The Navy Curtails Its Use of Sonar
sonar; effect on marine mammals; theories about strandings; Navy’s agreement with environmentalists

December 2003:
America Celebrates the Wright Brothers
100th anniversary; “jumps” and flights; airplane design; controlled flight; 2003's ceremonies and commemorations

January 2004:
Courts Define Rights for Guantanamo's Prisoners
history of naval base; prisoners post-September 11; “unlawful combatants”; court rulings; Supreme Court’s hearing in 2004

February 2004:
Guest Worker Program
need for foreign workers; illegal immigrants; dangers in crossing border illegally; coyotes; Humane Borders; advantages of guest worker program

March 2004:
Organ Donation
Wisconsin’s tax breaks; need for organs; organs from deceased and living donors; getting organs to patients

April 2004:
Amending the Constitution
congressional approval; ratification by states; six amendments not ratified, including Slavery, Child Labor, Equal Rights and D.C. Voting Rights Amendments; recent proposals about prayer in schools, flag burning, "under God," and marriage.

May 2004:
New WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.
location and design; opposition; dedication ceremony; remaining WWII veterans

June 2004:
New Investiagation of Emmett Till’s Murder
his murder; trial; killers later admission; influence on Civil Rights Movement; new info in recent documentary films; decision to reopen the case


2002-2003
September 2002:
West Nile Virus
vaccines; carriers; symptoms; protection; cases in U.S.; spread across country

October 2002:
Opening of New Basketball Hall of Fame
Dr. Naismith's invention; opening ceremony; earlier halls of fame; architecture; exhibits

November 2002:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Turns Twenty
Vietnam War; Maya Lin's design; visitors to the memorial; the "Traveling Wall" replica; reading of names at ceremony

December 2002:
New York City's Plan to Reduce Noise
complaints; "Operation Silent Night"; sources of noise; decibel levels; medical problems

January 2003:
25 Years of Alaska’s Pipeline
discovery of oil; pipeline’s construction; flow of oil; environmental issues; Permanent Fund

February 2003:
America Remembers Lewis and Clark
Thomas Jefferson; Louisiana Territory; expedition’s purpose and successes; events commemorating anniversary

March 2003:
Protests at Masters Golf Tournament
plea for women members; rights of private clubs; economic pressures; responses to plea; planned protests

April 2003:
Pledge’s "Under God" Goes to Supreme Court
lawsuit; decision by 9th Circuit Court; origin of phrase; Supreme Court’s previous decisions; separation of church and state

May 2003:
EPA Goes After Dirty Diesels
pollution from off-road diesels; EPA’s proposal; health and economic benefits; ports; biodiesel; responses to proposal

June 2003
Ford Celebrates 100 Years
Henry Ford; Model T; assembly line; Edsel and Mustang; 2003 celebration


2001-2002
September 2001:
40th Anniversary of Peace Corps
origin; volunteers; goals; image; changes; celebrations

October 2001:
National Transportation Safety Board
purpose; methods; involvement with September 11; help to families; work with local authorities; recommendations

November 2001:
Hiking's Triple Crown
origin of National Scenic Trails; Brian Robinson's route; Pacific Crest Trail; Continental Divide Trail; Appalachian Trail

December 2001:
Artificial Heart Implants
history; design; patients; "assist devices"; advantages over transplants

January 2002:
Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City
history of Winter Games; benefits to host city; scandal; post-September 11 security; Olympic flame

February 2002:
Hubble Space Telescope
launch; purpose; blurred mirror; servicing missions; images and information; new understanding of universe; successors

March 2002:
Nuclear Waste Storage at Yucca Mountain
need for storage site; dangers; construction of site; current storage; Nevada's objections

April 2002:
West Point Turns 200
role in Revolutionary War; engineering school; acceptance to West Point; training; bicentennial celebration

May 2002:
Oregon's Death With Dignity Law
history of law; stipulations in law; doctor's responsibility; opponents' and proponents' views; ruling upholding law

June 2002:
Drought Conditions in U.S.
definition of drought; temperatures and rainfall; ways to save water; NYC; effect on farming and nature; Rio Grande


2000-2001
September 2000:
Fires in the West
how fires start; benefits of fires; U.S. Forest Service; dangers of dense growth; thinning forests; homes; firefighters' work

October 2000:
The Debates
formats of three debates; Lincoln-Douglas; debates on radio and TV; Nixon-Kennedy; third parties

November 2000:
Astronauts Go to International Space Station
construction of ISS; Mir; crew members; moving in; experiments; effects of space on humans; Mars

December 2000:
Presidents Clinton Visits Vietnam
vietnam War; agreements; MIAs; sharing military info; locating remains; identifying remains

January 2001:
High-Speed Trains
Amtrak; trains' features; schedules; costs; future service

February 2001:
Sundance Film Festival
origin; independent films; documentaries; this year's festival; Hollywood; digital equipment

March 2001:
Napster
copyright laws; Napster's software; users; musicians; charges against Napster; court decisions

April 2001:
Arbor Day
national symbols; Nat'l. Arbor Day Foundation; vote for nat'l. tree; history of Arbor Day; Tree City USA

May 2001:
Racial Profiling
origin and definition of term; riots in Cincinnati; history of racial
profiling; changes made by police; laws

June 2001:
Grand Canyon Star Party
Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association; sky at Grand Canyon; history of star
party; activities at South Rim



1999-2000
September 1999:
Y2K
computer problems; social impact; preventive measures; U.S. government
systems; impact on business/daily life

October 1999:
Smithsonian's New National Museum of the American Indian
National Mall; NMAI's history; collections/exhibits; museum's architecture;
groundbreaking ceremony

November 1999:
NAACP's Economic Boycott of South Carolina
Civil War; rebel flag; NAACP; civil rights movement; arguments for/against
flag

December 1999:
Arizona's Newest State Park (Kartchner Caverns)
caves' discovery; rock formations and caves; sale to Arizona; development and protection

January 2000:
The Census
U.S. Census history; methods; problems; workers; 1990 Census; representation/money

February 2000:
Citizenship for Elián Gonzalez
citizenship's meaning; U.S. Congress' role; dispute over E.G.; INS

March 2000:
Illinois' Suspension of Executions
recent history of death penalty; innocent inmates; Gov. Ryan's decision; students
at Northwestern University; poor legal defense

April 2000:
Portland's Car Sharing Program
members' needs; membership requirements; program's origin; similar programs

May 2000:
Prayer in Public Schools
First Amendment; Texas' current case in Supreme Court; history of Court's decisions; separation of Church and State

June 2000:
Washington Monument's Renovation
construction; damage; phases of renovation


1998-1999
September 1998:
California's New Driver's Licensing Laws
teenagers' accident rates; graduated licensing; California's new law; Maryland's law

October 1998:
John Glenn
1962 flight; space race; 1998 flight; tests; NASA

November 1998:
Equal Rights Amendment
votes in Florida and Iowa; women's rights; ERA history; wages; women in politics

December 1998:
Digital Television
analog broadcasting; improved quality; networks and TV stations; costs

January 1999:
States' Suits vs. Tobacco Industry
higher prices; settlements; advertising; lower smoking rates

February 1999:

The U.S. Mint's New 25-cent Pieces
mint's history; new 10-year program; U.S. coins

March 1999:
100th Anniversary of Duke Ellington's Birth
history of jazz; slavery; the Great Migration; radio and record player; Duke Ellington's career

April 1999:
Mormon Church's Genealogical Records on Internet
church history; Mormons' genealogy; computers and data; advantages to researchers

May 1999:
Refugees from Kosovo to the U.S.
war in Yugoslavia; ethnic cleansing; relief efforts; U.S. history with refugees; new arrivals

June 1999:
Women's World Cup Soccer
tournament history; 1999 teams; increased fans; popularity of soccer among women and girls; injuries; American team


1997-1998
September 1997:
Landmines
Ottawa Process; kinds of mines; damage to civilians; mapping and removal; ban; meeting in Oslo

October 1997:
Indian Mascots
LAUSD's decision; choice of new mascots; tradition; stereotypes; college and pro teams

November 1997:
Boston's Subway
construction in 1897; traffic problems then; other subways; current service

December 1997:
Credit Cards
average American's use; companies' profits; controlling spending; promotion; bankruptcy

January 1998:
High School Drug Testing
testing non-athletes; athletes; methods; parents; court cases

February 1998:
Casey Martin vs. PGA
C. Martin's disease; carts; Americans With Disabilities Act; PGA's response

March 1998:
Academy Awards
history of film; growth of industry; Oscars; television; film preservation; ceremony;

April 1998:
Puerto Rico's Future
history with U.S.; current status; previous votes on status; choices in current vote; status in Caribbean

May 1998:
Sierra Club and Immigration
overpopulation; immigration; environmental damage; vote by membership

June 1998:
Nike's Factories
Nike's marketing; conditions in Asian factories; announced changes; child labor laws

1996-1997
September 1996:
Minimum Wage
wage increase; effects on employers; unskilled labor; labor laws; working poor

October 1996:
Third-party Presidential Candidates
two-party system; growth of third parties; candidates; debates

November 1996:
"Galileo" Explores Jupiter
discovery of Jupiter; Galileo's design and mission; water and life

December 1996:
Liquor Ads on TV
prohibition; new ads; pros and cons

January 1997:
National Parks
National Park Service history; pollution; increased fees; preservation; visitors

February 1997:
Women at the Citadel
Supreme Court ruling; Shannon Faulkner; protests; women at military academies; harassment

March 1997:
Jackie Robinson
50th anniversary; early career; baseball's tribute

April 1997:
Linda Finch Completes A. Earhart's Flight
Linda Finch's flight; Amelia Earhart's route; equipment

May 1997:
The Library of Congress Celebrates a Birthday
LOC's history; Thos. Jefferson Building's 100th anniversary; holdings; research; visitors

June 1997:
Help to Flood Victims
Red River's flooding; relief organizations; damage; shelters; clean-up; donations; federal government's role


1995-1996
September 1995:
Women's Right to Vote
19th Amendment; suffrage movement; Susan B. Anthony; women's role in politics

October 1995:
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Cleveland; design and exhibits; recording industry; early rock artists; induction ceremony

November 1995:
Million Man March
purpose of march; perception of Black males; Louis Farrakhan; speakers; attendees

December 1995:
Maximum Speed Limit
55 mph limit; energy crisis; safety measures; individual states; federal government's role

January 1996:
Baboon Marrow Transplant
Jeff Getty; baboon's reisistance to HIV; transplant history; risks; FDA; standard treatment of AIDS; expense

February 1996:
Electric Cars
General Motors' plans; laws; pollution; costs; features of EV's

March 1996:
U.S. Relationship with Cuba
Fidel Castro; refugees; U.S. embargo; Castro's visit to U.N.; downing of private airplanes

April 1996:
The New $100 Bill
counterfeiting; history of paper money; new bill's features

May 1996:
The Right to Die
aging population; Jack Kevorkian's methods; trials; assisted suicide; laws in U.S. and abroad

June 1996:
The Atlanta Olympics
history of Games; TV's influence; politics; IOC; profits; Atlanta's Games


1994-1995

September 1994:
The Guardian Angels
origin in NY; relationship with police; growth; uniforms; training

October 1994:
The Baseball Strike
cancellation of World Series; history as business; players' union; free agency; previous strikes

November 1994:
O.J. Simpson and the Death Penalty
O.J. Simpson's trial; reinstatement by Supreme court; methods; arguments pro and con; typical prisoner on death row

December 1994:
Proposition 187
history of immigration; CA's immigrant population; education; health benefits; legal challenges

January 1995:
U.S. Postal Service
first-class price increase; new stamps; competition; delivery volume; improvements

February 1995:
Smithsonian's Enola Gay Exhibit
end of WWII; exhibit; protests; moral issues

March 1995:
Denver's New Airport
hub-and-spoke routes; Stapleton Airport; new airport's design; delays; costs

April 1995:
U.S. and Russia Together on Mir
Dr. Norman Thagard; Mir's history; experiments

May 1995:
Terrorist Attack in Oklahoma City
victims; Timothy McVeigh; terrorism; FBI; freedom of speech

June 1995:
Curfews
crime rates; curfew hours; fines; legality; discrimination; results; alternative programs


1993-1994
December 1993:
The Brady Bill
assassination attempt on R. Reagan; Jim and Sarah Brady; NRA; stipulations of bill

January 1994:
The LA Earthquake
deaths and damage; rescue; aid; utilities; aftershocks

February 1994:
Smoking
bans in public places; Surgeon General; deaths and illness; advertising; addiction

March 1994:
The Iditarod
route; history; evolution of race; equipment; rules; dangers

April 1994:
Nixon's Death
cause of death; career; Watergate; foreign affairs; TV; funeral services

May 1994:
Earth Day
events; history; changes in environmental awareness

June 1994:
The World Cup
origin; champions; world wars; Pel�; tournament structure; game locations; profits

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2016-2017
September 2016:
Juno Arrives at Jupiter

Jupiter’s characteristics; previous voyages; Juno’s trip; purpose of mission; instruments; duration

October 2016:
London Remembers the Great Fire

London in 1666; spread of fire; destruction; changes in construction; celebration this year

November 2016:
Sweden Looks to Fix the Throwaway Mentality

mass production; environmental issues; problems in fixing things; new laws; repair cafés; companies’ repair policies

December 2016:
Delhi’s Bad Air Becomes a Crisis

Delhi’s location; causes of pollution; farms’ burning of stubble; Diwali festival; weather; particulate matter; Air Quality Index readings; health issues; civic response

January 2017:
Canada Turns 150!

Native peoples; settlement by Europeans; immigrants and refugees; Justin Trudeau; environmental protection; themes for “Canada 150” events

February 2017:
António Guterres Becomes the U.N.’s New Leader

League of Nations; formation of U.N.; goals to protect human rights and resolve conflicts; Ban Ki-moon; Mr. Guterres’ career in Portugal and at U.N.; Syria’s civil war

March 2017:
Finland Pays Citizens a Basic Income

history of concept; Thomas More/Thomas Paine/MLK; Canada’s experiment in 1970s; Finland’s new program; effects on employment and unemployment benefits; automation; basic income plans in other places

April 2017:
Research Stations in Antarctica

early exploration; first scientific stations; countries’ claims to land; problems and dangers; new pre-fab stations; energy efficiency in stations; crack in ice causing Britain to relocate station

May 2017:
Gibraltar Finds Itself in the Middle Again

dispute between Spain and England; location; Moors; naval base; monkeys; residents’ connection to both countries; Brexit’s effect on residents

June 2017:
Cassini Ends Its Mission at Saturn

Saturn’s location; discovery by Galileo; previous voyages; Cassini’s size and instruments; this 20-year voyage; discoveries; end of the mission in Sept. 2017

 

2015-2016
September 2015:
Egypt Expands the Suez Canal

history of canal; construction; size; strategic importance; expansion; economic advantages; celebration

October 2015:
Refugees are Flooding Europe

migrants/refugees; war in Syria; numbers of refugees; refugees from Afghanistan; dangers and costs; responses in Europe

November 2015:
Tunisian Group Wins Nobel Peace Prize

history of prize; Tunisian National Dialog Quartet’s work; revolution; free election; peaceful dialog; new constitution

December 2015:
New Zealanders Consider a New Flag

earlier changes; current flag; previous attempts to change; Union Jack/Great Britain; Maori designs; voting on new designs

January 2016:
Netherlands Can Advise World on High Sea Levels

Paris Conference on Climate Change; higher temperatures; effects on sea levels; Netherlands’ geography; dikes/dams

February 2016:
Jacques Cousteau’s Ship Sets Sail Again

Cousteau’s inventions; Calypso; underwater explorations; films; contribution to environmentalism; repairs to ship

March 2016:
African Nations Build a Great Green Wall Along Sahara

original idea for green zone; nature of Sahara; the Sahel; land degradation; advantages of planting trees/agriculture

April 2016:
Bogotá’s Car-free Days

bike culture in city; history of closing streets; regular closures; Earth Day; pollution; communities’ response

May 2016:
Florence Takes a New Approach to Graffiti

Duomo; cleaning of bell tower; reasons for writing graffiti; computer tablets for people to write on; success so far

June 2016:
Rats Sniff Out Landmines and TB

training of African Giant Pouched Rats; scourge of landmines; detection methods; accomplishments; TB

 

2014-2015
September 2014:
Ebola

first cases in 1976; spread in 2014; origin of outbreak; transmission; symptoms; treatment; risks to health care workers; establishing “sanitary borders”; drugs

October 2014:
Mexico City Bans Circus Animals

origin of modern circuses; introduction of wild animals; stresses on animals; abuses; bullhooks; M.C.’s ban; bans other places; circuses without animals

November 2014:
Iceland’s Eruptions

Iceland’s geology; magma; 30 active volcanoes; glaciers and snowfields; Bardarbunga’s eruption; earthquakes; geothermal power

December 2014:
U.N.’s New Report on Climate Change

IPCC’s earlier reports; boldest report yet; human influence on climate change; greenhouse gases; goals set by countries; evidence of climate change; protests

January 2015:
The Europeans Put a Lander on a Comet

history of space exploration; achievements in space; comets’ role in formation of Solar System; Rosetta’s trip to comet 67P; landing; tasks ahead for lander

February 2015:
The U.S. and Cuba Forge a New Relationship

colonization of Cuba; independence in 1902; American tourists in 20th century; relationship with Fidel Castro; U.S. embargo; new policy changes

March 2015:
Canadians Get New End-of-Life Choices

ban on physician-assisted suicide since 1993; current support for it; Supreme Court’s new ruling; limitations; palliative care; euthanasia; laws other places

April 2015:
Discovery of a Lost City in Honduras

Maya civilization; “The White City”; recent discovery of the city by air; exploration on site; ruins; future excavations

May 2015:
France Requires Green Rooftops

France’s new law; global warming; changes to environment; “heat island effect”; advantages of green rooftops; 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris

June 2015:
The World Remembers the Armenian Genocide

100th anniversary; Ottoman Empire; targeting of Armenians; definition of genocide; Holocaust; Turkey’s denial of genocide; pressure on Turkey

 


2013-2014
September 2013:
The Costa Concordia Meets a Proper End

accident off Italy’s coast; salvage operations; stabilizing ship; breaking and recycling worldwide; health hazards

October 2013:
A Saudi Woman Makes Film History

Saudi restrictions on women; film industry; first woman filmmaker; “Wadjda”; plot; awards

November 2013:
Germany Celebrates the Brothers Grim
m
Grimms’ academic training; collecting stories; first volumes of tales; changes to stories; 200-yr. celebrations

December 2013:
A New Tunnel Connects Asia and Europe

Istanbul’s history; Bosphorus Strait; Silk Road; traffic across strait; construction of tunnel for subway/railroad

January 2014:
The Elders Continue Nelson Mandela’s Work

founding of group in 2007; need for guidance from elders; members; goals; approach to problems; dialogue for peace

February 2014:
China Joins the Fight to Protect Elephants

fall of elephant populations in Africa; preserves; poaching; CITES; illegal ivory trade; China destroys stores of ivory

March 2014:
Switzerland Considers Giving Money to Everyone

interest in economic fairness; guaranteed basic income; proposal goes to vote; advantages; Canada’s experiment

April 2014:
The International Criminal Court Serves the Powerless

protests in Ukraine; Court’s origin; genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity; investigations; cases so far

May 2014:
The Colorado River Flows Through Mexico Again

river’s flow; dams; water to U.S. states; lack of water to Mexico; dry delta; new releases of water into river; benefits

June 2014:
Brazil Struggles to Prepare for World Cup and Olympics

Brazil’s connection to soccer; spending on World Cup; protests; failure to meet deadlines; projects; slums

2012-2013
September 2012:
Australia’s Koalas Need Help
koala’s features; diet; hunting; threat of extinction; loss of habitat; protection by states; endangered species listing

October 2012:
Japan Struggles with its Nuclear Future
import of fossil fuels; nuclear reactors; March 2011 earthquake and tsunami; damage and deaths; nuclear disaster; skepticism about safety

November 2012:
The U.N. Declares the First Day of the Girl
cultural differences in value of girls; human trafficking; Malala Yousafzai’s courage and shooting; value of education; child marriage

December 2012:
South Africa Fights Back Against Rhino Poachers
five species of rhino; populations; 1977 ban on rhino horn; poachers; illegal sale of horns; catching poachers; prison sentences

January 2013:
The U.N. Recognizes a Palestinian State
“two-state solution”; Arab-Israeli War; Six-Day War; Israeli gains in territory; settlements; violence in Gaza Strip; U.N. vote for Palestinian State

February 2013:
China Acknowledges Beijing’s Awful Air
Air Quality Index; particles in air; Beijing’s air crisis in January; burning coal; automobiles; weather patterns; health effects; China’s acknowledgment of pollution

March 2013:
European Soccer Responds to Racist Behavior
Foreign-born players; incident in Italy against Kevin-Prince Boateng; other incidents; responses by players, clubs, FIFA; penalties to clubs; banning of fans

April 2013:
Brazil Counts Trees in the Amazon Basin
Amazon rainforest; deforestation; methods for census teams; carbon dioxide; water cycle and drought; involvement of inhabitants; Brazil’s goal to reduce deforestation

May 2013:
Will the U.S. Allow the Keystone Pipeline to Grow?
Canadian oil industry; Alberta’s great forest; tar sands; processing oil; harm to environment; existing pipelines for Canadian oil; proposal to expand; arguments pro/con

June 2013:
Prisoners at Guant�namo Go on a Hunger Strike
U.S. possession of Guant�namo; the prison there; prisoners; treatment; violations of international law; President Obama’s intention to close prison; hunger strike


2011-2012
September 2011:
South Sudan Becomes the World’s Newest Nation
religon in Sudan; foreign influences in Sudan; two civil wars; 2005 peace agreement; South Sudan’s independence day; challenges ahead

October 2011:
Machu Picchu Remains a Marvel
Incan empire; cities in Andes; construction at Machu Picchu; Hiram Bingham’s 1911expedition; layout of Machu Picchu; return of artifacts

November 2011:
Discovery of Humans’ Earliest Paint
Blombos Cave in South Africa; previous discoveries; tool kits for making paint; process for making paint; importance of discovery; “creative explosion” now 100,000 yrs. ago

December 2011:
Samoa Switches Sides of the International Date Line
need for international time; railroads; longitude and Prime Meridian; time zones; International Date Line; Samoa’s reasons for switching sides

January 2012:
The Khmer Rouge’s Leaders Face Charges
changing Cambodia to society of farmers; abuses by Khmer Rouge 1975-79; genocide; current trials

February 2012:
A Woman Crosses Antarctica Alone
early human contact with Antarctica; Amundsen’s 1911 arrival at South Pole; 100th anniversary of discovery; research stations; Felicity Aston’s solo trek

March 2012:
The Sahara’s Dust Hits West Africa
size of Sahara Desert; extreme weather; dry trade winds; the Harmattan; effects on humans, crops

April 2012:
The Titanic is Gone, but not Forgotten
Ireland’s shipyards; twin ships Olympic and Titanic; cause of sinking; rescue and death; resulting safety changes; location of ship in 1985; 100th anniversary commemorations

May 2012:
Canada Eliminates its Penny
Early Canadian monetary system; penny’s loss in value; production costs; how Canada will collect and recycle coins; advantages to businesses; rounding prices to 5-cents

June 2012:
London Hosts the 2012 Olympics
origin of Games; London’s Olympic history; Olympic Flame’s lighting ceremony; torch’s design and relay through U.K.; participants; women’s boxing; Olympic dream of peace


2010-2011
September 2010:
France Wants to Ban Women’s Veils
Muslim population; burqa and niqab; religious expression; proposed ban; women’s equality; opponents of bill

October 2010:
Delhi Expands Its Subway System
village life; growth of cities; overcrowding; Delhi’s traffic; pollution; subway’s construction; green technology

November 2010:
A Road Threatens the Serengeti
protection of lions; location; variety of animals; wildebeest; zebras; national park; proposed truck route

December 2010:
Altamira Cave Reopens to Visitors
discovery in 1868; cave paintings; revelations about early humans; rooms/passages; damage to paintings; reopening

January 2011:
Astronomers Search With New Tools

new planets; planets like Earth; Keck I Telescope; Hubble; Lick Observatory; ALMA in Chile; Gemini Observatory

February 2011:
Repairs Begin on Egypt’s First Pyramid
tombs before pyramids; Pyramid of Djoser; damage from earthquake; stone construction; methods to repair

March 2011:
Al Jazeera’s Role in Democratic Movements
station’s origin; contrast to gov’t media; open discussions; spread of broadcasts; protests in No. Africa/Middle East

April 2011:
25th Anniversary of Disaster at Chernobyl
towns in vicinity; cause of explosion; radiation; deaths and illness; “exclusion zone”; Fukushima plant’s leaks

May 2011:
Cleaning Up Litter on Mt. Everest
early expeditions to peak; trash; oxygen canisters/ropes/ tents; “death zone”; bodies; clean-up expeditions

June 2011:
Sharks Find Themselves in Danger

reproduction rate; causes of death; loss of habitat; longlines; finning; shark fin soup; bans on soup/finning


2009-2010
September 2009:
Australian Town Bans Bottled Water

Bundanoon’s location; local aquifers; company’s intention to build plant, truck water away; vote by residents; growth of bottled water industry; toxins from plastic bottles; bottling of tap water; campaigns other places

October 2009:
Te Aviv Turns 100

Palestine’s importance to Christians, Muslims, Jews; city’s founding; immigrants form Germany, Soviet Union; Israel’s nationhood; connection to Jaffa; centennial celebrations

November 2009:
A Billion People Go Hungry Worldwide

UN’s report; hunger’s impact on children; related illnesses; decrease in aid to poor nations; world economic crisis; agribusiness; drought/HIV/war/overpopulation

December 2009:
Okinawa Remains a Source of Tension

location; history as part of Japan; number of American military bases; Futenma Air Station; problems for Okinawans; governments’ agreements and promises; protests

January 2010:
Australia Apologizes for Role in Migrant Children Program
history of sending migrant children overseas; conditions in Britain; abusive conditions overseas; lies to parents and children; Mr. Rudd’s apology; response to apology

February 2010:
Vancouver Hosts the Winter Olympics

history of Games; participating nations; Olympic torch relay; venues; women’s ski jumping controversy; scholarships

March 2010:
Haiti’s Children Are Suffering After Earthquake

poverty; disease; medical aid after earthquake; orphans; trafficking

April 2010:
India’s Competition to Build a Coconut-picking Machine

coconut palm trees; human pickers; caste system; improvements in Kerala; shortage of pickers; coconut production; uses of coconut; design competition for machine

May 2010:
Great Barrier Reef Struggles to Survive

location; protection as marine park; coral; marine life at Reef; dangers to Reef; shipping lanes; current oil spill; clean-up

June 2010:
South Africa Hosts Soccer’s World Cup

participating nations; apartheid in South Africa; Nelson Mandela; democracy; Black/White differences today; 2010 tournament

2008-2009
September 2008:
Garbage Crisis in Naples

lack of recycling and proper landfills; garbage on streets; sending garbage to Germany; Germany’s waste management; Hamburg’s program; mafia’s control of garbage industry; costs to fix problem

October 2008:
Europe Cuts Emissions from Cars

greenhouse gases; failure of voluntary reductions; new proposal by European Union; ways to improve efficiency; fines and deadlines; Japan’s success; Automotive X Prize

November 2008:
Families of Missing Persons Get Help

Iran-Iraq War’s victims; Red Cross; gathering information on missing persons; identifying remains; contacting families; suffering of families; agreement for Iran and Iraq to share information

December 2008:
Bike Sharing Programs

traffic problems in cities; history of programs; Paris’s program; membership costs; high-tech improvements; Washington, D.C.’s program; Montreal’s green program

January 2009:
Bhutan Approaches Things Differently

history; kings of 20th century; simple life-style; isolation; opening to outside world; Gross National Happiness; change to democracy

February 2009:
Global Zero Launches Its Campaign

bombing of Japan; current nuclear powers; number of weapons worldwide; Global Zero’s declaration; steps toward elimination of weapons; staying at zero

March 2009:
Somalia’s Pirates

1991 overthrow of Somalia’s government; fishing industry; fishermen “coast guards”; hijacking U.N. ships; pirates’ weapons/equipment; ransoms; hostages; int’l. response

April 2009:
Outlook for Right Whales Improves

current population; physical features; habitat; hunting; int’l. protection; collisions with ships; new regulations in shipping lanes; entanglement in fishing lines; protection

May 2009:
U.S. and Cuba Consider a New Relationship

relationship before revolution; Cold War; economic embargo; travel/remittance restrictions; Castro’s 50 years; Raul Castro; changes announced by Pres. Obama

June 2009:
India Gets an Affordable New Car

Tata Motors; Nano's price/design/features/performance; worldwide demand for small cars; environmental implications


2007-2008
September 2007:
The International Slavery Museum Opens in Liverpool
European slave trade; trading goods for slaves; port of Liverpool; museum’s exhibits; resistance by slaves; abolition movement; slavery today

October 2007:
Countries Race to Claim the Arctic
melting polar ice; newly navigable waters; oil and gas reserves; rights to coastal waters; Lomonosov Ridge; Northwest Passage; environmental concerns

November 2007:
The Torture of Prisoners
Hague Convention; Geneva Conventions; U.N. Convention Against Torture; Guant�namo’s prison; “torture memos” from gov’t.; U.S. position; damage to reputation

December 2007:
Flooding in Tabasco
reasons for flooding; dangers to residents; disease; rebuilding lives

January 2008:
The U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bali
Kyoto Protocol; IPCC’s reports on climate change; Nobel Peace Prize to IPCC and Al Gore; Bali’s “roadmap”

February 2008:
Venice Builds a Barrier Against the Sea
islands; tides; channels; flooding; damage to buildings; sinking of city; global warming; 1966 flood; the MOSE project; mobile barriers

March 2008:
Australia Apologizes to Aborigines
Aboriginal culture and population; mixed-race children; removing children from communities; “Stolen Generations”; 1997 report of abuses; apology by prime minister

April 2008:
Plastic Swirls in the Pacific Ocean
Northern Pacific Gyre’s discovery, location and size; currents; plastic items in gyre; effect on sea life; origins of plastic items

May 2008:
Worldwide Grain Shortages
disappearing grain reserves; water shortages; fuel costs; population increases; changing diets; biofuels; riots over shortages and prices

June 2008:
The Olympics Go to China
Chinese Olympic history; preparations in Beijing; pollution; torch relay; protests; Tibet; Sudan; role of politics in Olympics

2006-2007
September 2006:
The International AIDS Conference
attendees; lack of treatment in poor nations; costs; prevention programs; B. Clinton/B. Gates; new research

October 2006:
Darfur
civil war; race and religion; violence since 2003; destruction/deaths/refugees; aid; peacekeepers

November 2006:
“Banker of the Poor” Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Nobel prizes; founding of bank; helping the poor; “village phone” program; “micro-credit”

December 2006:
Panama Expands the Canal
canal’s construction; locks; need to serve larger ships; new project to widen canal; traffic; profits

January 2007:
Kofi Annan’s Time Ends at UN
early career; election process; influence of Security Council; human rights record; opposition to war in Iraq

February 2007:
International Polar Year
history of polar study; three previous IPY’s; first IPY to research global warming; this year’s goals

March 2007:
New Discoveries at Stonehenge
Stonehenge’s blocks; religious meaning; solstices; village at Durrington Walls; connection to Stonehenge

April 2007:
A Wall Across Cyprus Falls
“Green Line”; Greeks and Turks on Cyprus; reason for wall; current economic/political situation; hopes for unity

May 2007:
S�o Paulo Bans Outdoor Advertising
visual pollution; ban on billboards/fliers/signs; legal challenges; benefits on residents

June 2007:
A Seed Bank Opens to the World
characteristics of vault in Arctic Norway; seeds to rebuild agriculture after local/global disasters; security at vault


2005-2006

September 2005:
Debt Relief to Poor Nations
extreme poverty; “Make Poverty History” campaign; Live8 concerts; Bono; how to define poverty

October 2005:
Turkey’s Massacre of Armenians
first public discussions; attacks 1894-1917; genocide; pressure from European Union; potential EU membership

November 2005:
Archaeologists Find 4,000-Year-Old Noodles in China
location of village; other items buried there; preservation of noodles; millet and wheat; Neolithic Period

December 2005:
Butterflies’ Migration to Mexico
route and duration of migration; monarchs’ destination; how they navigate; dangers; logging; tourism

January 2006:
Drought in the Amazon
extreme weather in 2005; Amazon basin’s water supply; effect on villages; disease; global warming; fires

February 2006:
Winter Olympics in Turin
competition sites; growth of Games; snowboarding; curling; biathlon; luge; drug testing; medals’ design

March 2006:
Succession to Japan’s Throne
law prohibiting women; male line of emperors; no male heirs since 1965; proposed law; Princess Kiko’s pregnancy

April 2006:
Nigeria’s Census
need for census; questions on census; past failures; new technology; difficulties; benefits to country

May 2006:
Child Slave Labor in Chocolate Industry
chocolate’s history; child labor; Ivory Coast; abuses; agreement by companies; “fair trade” products

June 2006:
World Cup Soccer
tournament’s origin; qualifying; new teams; awards; giant TV screens; FIFA rules against racism; security


2004-2005

September 2004:
Restoration of Michelangelo’s David
(500th anniversary; Renaissance; the sculpture; damage; restoration methods; pros and cons of restoration)

October 2004:
Polio Nears the End
spread of disease; symptoms; damage; vaccines from Salk and Sabin; WHO’s efforts; Nigeria; hope for eradication

November 2004:
Brazil Takes Guns out of Circulation
killing rates; demands for gun control; registration; new law; money-for-guns program’s success; corrupt police

December 2004:
Doctors Without Borders Withdraws from Iraq
DWB’s origin; growth of organization; Nobel Peace Prize; setting up operations; dangers to workers

January 2005:
Proposal for a New Calendar
ancient calendars; lunar calendars; Julian and Gregorian calendars; current traditional calendars; new proposal

February 2005:
Survivors of Tsunami Need Clean Water
destruction of sources of clean water; tanker trucks; water purification units; long-term sources; risk of disease

March 2005:
Kyoto Protocol Becomes Law
greenhouse effect; ratification process; obligations of developed /developing countries; “trading” emissions; climate change

April 2005:
Avian Flu Spreads
how it spreads; signs of outbreak; farms in Southeast Asia; human-to-human spread; symptoms; other flu epidemics

May 2005:
Ancient Obelisk Returns to Ethiopia
ancient kingdom at Aksum; Italy’s invasions of Ethiopia; obelisks; transport; celebrations

June 2005:
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
WWII; treaty’s history and provisions; nuclear powers; inspections by IAEA; North Korea; “Six-Party Talks”; Iran; reasons for wanting nuclear weapon


2003-2004

September 2003:
Train Lines Connect Both Koreas
Korean War; demilitarized zone; relations between North and South; new railways; China

October 2003:
The Concorde Flies for the Last Time
routes; SST's features; speed records; financial problems; fate of remaining planes

November 2003:
Water Returns to Iraq's Marshes
history of marshes; marsh Arabs (Madan); Saddam Hussein's draining of marshes; effect on people and environment; rehabilitation

December 2003:
Another Cease-Fire Calms Kashmir
1947 independence for India and Pakistan; religion; previous wars; "Line of Control"; current relations

January 2004:
International Voyages to Mars
conditions on Mars; signs of water; previous missions; current missions from Japan, Europe, US; landers tasks

February 2004:
Israel's Wall
Palestine; Arab and Jewish states; West Bank; violence; wall’s location and effect; "road map for peace"

March 2004:
Cloning by South Korean Doctors
first cloned human embryos; doctors’ previous work; cloning process; stem cells; potential cures

April 2004:
Ireland Bans Smoking in Pubs
smoke-free areas; opposition to ban; enforcement; health risks of passive smoking; smoking in other European nations

May 2004:
The European Union Expands
new members; history of EU; economic effect of expansion; immigration

June 2004:
Summer Olympics in Athens
Greek Olympic history; Olympic torch; events; construction in Athens; security

2002-2003
September 2002:
Zimbabwe Orders Whites to Give Up Farms
colonial roots; war for independence; Robert Mugabe's political life; land reform; drought; Whites' response

October 2002:
China Changes Stance on AIDS
spread through blood banks; infection rates; AIDS education; arrest of Dr. Wan Yanhai; spread of HIV; generic drugs

November 2002:
Spain Digs Up Mass Graves
Civil War; Gen. Franco; Assoc. for Recovery of Historical Memory; grave sites; identifying victims; truth commission

December 2002:
Permission to African Countries to Sell Ivory
ban on trade since 1989; elephant population; poaching; conditions of one-time sale; wildlife programs

January 2003:
New Satellite Measures Antarctica’s Ice Sheets
density of ice; satellite’s equipment; measuring clouds, land, ice; global warming; sea levels

February 2003:
International Laws Protect Victims of War
meeting to update Geneva Conventions; International Red Cross; distinguishing civilians from soldiers in civil wars; terrorism; prisoners at Guantanamo Bay

March 2003:
China’s Three Gorges Dam
Yangtze River; electricity; flood control; destruction of towns; displacement of citizens; water pollution; tourism

April 2003:
SARS
spread in Asia and Canada; symptoms; numbers of cases; how virus spreads; prevention measures

May 2003:
50th Anniversary of First Climb Up Mt. Everest
E. Hillary and T. Norgay; first attempts; Sherpas; dangers; trash; events commemorating anniversary

June 2003:
World Health Organization’s Tobacco Control Treaty
members of WHO; tobacco-related disease; provisions of treaty; objections; approval process by countries

2001-2002
September 2001:
World Conference Against Racism
previous conferences; apartheid; Israel/Palestinians; reparations for
slavery; U.S. withdrawal; migrants and refugees

October 2001:
Pisa’s Leaning Tower Reopens
history; source of lean; previous attempts to strengthen; excavation;
reopening

November 2001:
Raising the Russian Submarine Kursk
explosion; Russia's initial response; international help; dangers in
raising; investigation

December 2001:
100 Years of Nobel Prizes
Alfred Nobel; ceremony; selection process; history of prizes; 2001 winners

January 2002:
Europe's New Currency
old currencies; Euro coins and notes; distribution; difficulties; advantages

February 2002:
Volcano Destroys the City of Goma
location; eruption; refugees; aid from U.N.; civil war; Congo's resources; health issues

March 2002:
Saudi Peace Proposal for Middle East
proposal; recent violence; occupied lands; past peace plans; Arab Summit

April 2002:
Swiss Vote to Join United Nations
history of Swiss neutrality; benefits of neutrality; Swiss foreign policy; U.N. programs; March voting results

May 2002:
Alexandria Opens Its New Library
city's and library's beginnings; ancient scholars and holdings; fire; new library's holdings; architecture

June 2002:
House Arrest Ends for Aung San Suu Kyi
Suu Kyi's family; election victory; military gov't; first and second house arrests; UN; terms of release; Burma's future


2000-2001
January 2001:
Chernobyl's Shutdown
disaster in 1986; effects; shutdown of last reactor

February 2001:
Australia's Centennial
Australia's origin; celebrations; Aborigines; immigration

March 2001:
International Tribunal in The Hague Convicts Rapists
war in Bosnia; crimes against Muslim women; Geneva Conventions; U.N.'s creation of tribunal; trial; historic conviction

April 2001:
Millennium Peace Prize for Women
new peace prize; winners; women's role in peacemaking

May 2001:
Overpopulation
India's census; world's growth rates; land's ability to support people;
factors affecting growth; water; education

June 2001:
Foot-and-Mouth Disease
discovery in England; spread of virus; symptoms; destroying animals; costs;
vaccine


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