The Takeaway

Want a Diploma? Pass the Citizenship Exam First

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Arizona has become the first state to require all high school students to pass a citizenship exam in order to graduate. We created a quiz with real questions from the test—take it here. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Crowdfunding Civic Projects

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Erin Barnes, co-founder and executive director of, and Dong-Ping Wong, a founding partner of the design firm Family and one of the designers behind +POOL, discuss the crowd funding of civic projects--including the +POOL and public projects funded through ioby.

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The Takeaway

How to Increase Youth Involvement in Democracy

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Yesterday on The Takeaway, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said one of the best ways to ensure the continued success of American democracy is to get young people engaged again. "My commercial message is let's restore the teaching of civics to the high schools so that younger generations will know how their government works," Breyer said. "They’ll know a little bit about history and they’ll understand the importance of participating in the community's life." But what does it take to get today's students excited about civic life and government?

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It's A Free Country ®

New Yorkers Aren't Getting A's in Civics

Monday, April 25, 2011

We found that [New Yorkers] thought that they ought to know a lot, they all believed that it was important for the maintenance of democracy to know a lot, but in the end they didn't know very much at all and this is a serious problem.

Eric Lane, senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and distinguished law professor at Hofstra University School of Law, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Rewriting African-American History

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The telling of history is a monumental task and responsibility that all historians hold sacred. Historian Thomas C. Holt has gained prominence as the one of the foremost respected historians of American and African-American History.

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The Takeaway

History Teacher Shares Unkown Parts of U.S. History

Thursday, October 21, 2010

There have been several cases this week of public officials and public schools incorrectly describing aspects of U.S. history and civics. We talk with Mark Oglesby, a high school history teacher, about some important, yet unknown, facts from U.S. history that he believes all his students — and all Americans — should be armed with. Author Kenneth Davis also joins in.

We've been putting Takeaway listeners to the test. You can see how historically literate you are by taking this online, mini-quiz

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The Takeaway

A High School Teacher Explains Government Gridlock

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Under ordinary circumstances, it can be hard to get young people engaged in politics. But when the political system seems broken, does the job become even harder? For the fourth installment in our series, "Frustration Nation," we turn to a high school civics teacher and two students to hear how the turmoil in Washington plays out in the classroom.

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