First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Student Poets (from left: Michaela Coplen; Sojourner Ahebee, Nathan Cummings, Louis Lafair, and Aline Dolinh) in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sept. 20, 2013.
Credit Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson
Elizabeth Austen features Nathan Cummings, a senior at Mercer Island High School, as he reads his poem "Proteus" and describes what being named as one of five National Student Poets in 2013 has meant to him.
Ever walked past a crumpled note and wondered what the history behind it is? Davy Rothbart, the founder of FOUND Magazine, has. He’s turned that curiosity for found objects into a career. Marcie Sillman talked with Rothbart and his brother Peter Rothbart, an expert finder and musician, back in 2006 about lost trinkets, stray photographs and cast-aside artifacts just waiting to be discovered.
One weekend back in 2005, Weekday Producer Katy Sewall attended her 10-year high school reunion. Katy claimed to have a wonderful time. High school reunions are notorious for disappointment, competition and awkward moments. But some listeners say they’re worth it. In this 2005 segment, Steve Scher talked with listeners and a few familiar voices from the KUOW studios.
“The War of The Worlds” was an episode of the American radio drama, The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It aired on October 30, 1938, and convinced a number of listeners that a real alien invasion was in progress. In this edition of Weekday’s Radio Retrospective, Steve Scher talks with Katy Sewall about “The War of The Worlds” broadcast and explores whether listeners back then were just plain gullible.
It’s not just math anymore, students are falling behind in history and civics too. A new report by independent, non-partisan research organization — the Pioneer Institute — says the state of US history and civics education is so abysmal that it makes “reading, mathematics and science achievement seem robust by comparison.” Washington state’s record isn’t any better. The state received a D grade from educational excellence organization, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, for its quote “meager” US history standards.
To reverse this trend the Pioneer Institute report recommends a simple policy: require high school graduates to pass the US citizenship test. Ross Reynolds talks with Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform and one of the authors of this report.
RadioActive's Halle Bills takes a look at the high school tradition of hazing or "froshing." Froshing happens at high schools across the country. It is an initiation process where incoming freshmen are humiliated as they start the school year. A source in our Public Insight Network helped make this story happen.