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The Takeaway

54 Years Later: A High School Diploma

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

After more than 50 years, 71-year-old civil rights trailblazer, Olivia Ferguson McQueen, receives the long-overdue high school diploma she was once denied. 

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The Takeaway

Listener Wisdom for the Class of 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

As college and universities around the country begin setting off recent graduates into the world of industry, the ritual turning of the tassel would not be complete without one final lecture, courtesy of Takeaway listeners.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Seeks to Narrow 'War on Terror,' A Closer Look at the IRS Inquiry, Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Members

Friday, May 24, 2013

President Obama Seeks to Narrow 'War on Terror' | What's Next in IRS Inquiry? | The Boy Scouts Vote to Allow Openly Gay Members | Listener Wisdom for the Class of 2013 | Oklahoma High School Seniors Graduate in Tornado's Aftermath | Movie Date: 'The Hangover Part III,' 'We Steal Secrets,' 'Fast & Furious 6'

The Takeaway

Wise Words for New Grads, from Bob Woodruff

Thursday, May 23, 2013

It’s that time of year, when millions of students around the country sit in cap and gown, through speeches that are meant to inspire, but oftentimes, are simply forgotten. Knowing this, what can a commencement speaker say that’s worthwhile? Award-winning journalist Bob Woodruff, who gave last year's commencement address at Boston College, shares his thoughts.

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The Takeaway

In Praise of the Less-Than-Earnest Commencement Speech

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It's that time of year when new graduates must sit through commencement speeches, some of which will be boring, some of which will be inspiring, and most of which will be very earnest. Renowned financial educator and broadcaster Alvin Hall thinks that maybe they should be a little less earnest. 

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The Takeaway

Defining Normal After a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia, The Mayor of Oklahoma City, A New Kind of Commencement Speech

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

More than a Weather Man | In Praise of the Less-Than-Earnest Commencement Speech | The Mayor of Oklahoma City on How His City is Coping | Geena Davis on Gender, Media, and Perception | The DSM and Mental Health in America | Defining Normal After a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

Radiolab

David Foster Wallace Tells Us About Freedom

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What do you get when you get a college diploma? To hear David Foster Wallace tell it, you get a muscle that will help you forever after — in shopping lines, overcrowded parking lots, in traffic jams. This muscle, he says, frees you when the world gets painfully dull.

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Schoolbook

In Student Awards Season, Thinking About the Ones We Don't Give

Monday, June 25, 2012

A middle school teacher in the Bronx writes: What about the awards we don't hand out to students? "How about an award for my student who isn’t the best or the fastest, but who always helps her peers, and is kind when they don’t understand something? Or for the student who brightens everyone’s days with his sense of humor, and his perfect comedic timing in a tense moment? Where do I find the award for the child who has overcome the most this year -- who has been heroic in his or her personal survival?"

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Schoolbook

Speaking of City School Graduations . . .

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A handful of New York City public schools have netted some famous keynote speakers for their graduation ceremonies, including Steve Madden, the shoe designer, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights,” the Department of Education announced Wednesday. Here's the list.

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Schoolbook

Too Poor for Their Own Graduation

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Bronx middle-school teacher who blogs about her experiences writes: "My students don’t have it easy. But every year I go to prom, and I see them at graduation. They are happy, looking their best, feeling successful, cheering for themselves and for one another. I see their parents snapping pictures of them, and hugging them, and smiling proudly. And I realize that for many kids, that is a rare occasion." When some of the children can't afford prom and graduation, some people are happy to help, because "feeling for one day that they have done something worth celebrating is a cause worth investing in.

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Operavore

Sage Advice

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

In the spirit of Mary Schmich's famous "Sunscreen" speech, Olivia Giovetti offers up a commencement address for the class of 2012 with advice gleaned entirely from the operatic canon.

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Celebrating Graduation Season

Saturday, June 09, 2012

With the graduation season upon us, we turn to Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major for this Saturday’s cartoon.

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Schoolbook

Senior Stories: Share Your Parting Thoughts

Friday, June 01, 2012

Congratulations, seniors, you've nearly made it to the end. Just ahead of graduation, SchoolBook wants to collect your wisdom about what it's like to attend high school in New York City.

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Transportation Nation

Transpo Big Slings Life Lessons At New Grads

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman.

(New York, NY - WNYC) Readers of TN know that transportation is not just a way of life, it is the key to the meaning of life. And now the George Mason University Class of 2012 knows it, too, after listening to a commencement address by National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman.

"Congratulations, Patriots," Hersman began, referring to the school's sports teams, before orienting her audience to the intensity of her job as head of the federal agency charged with showing up after a deadly crash and figuring out what happened.

"I have been at 19 major accident scenes and there is nothing - nothing - that makes the point about the importance of family and friends more than seeing how things change in the blink of an eye," she said. "You can send a loved one off on a routine trip and then nothing is ever routine again."

Her conclusion? "Treasure each day ... each moment ... each other."

In case that wasn't sobering enough, Hersman added this statistic: "Since I graduated from high school in 1988, more than 300,000 people have been killed in impaired driving accidents."

She blamed part of the problem on the dangers of distraction. "We've seen what can happen when pilots don't monitor their airspeed, locomotive engineers run a red signal, or drivers are distracted," she said.

Her conclusion? "Life is fleeting and precious. Be present ... be there ... be in the moment."

Avoiding distraction is especially important for transportation professionals, Hersman declared. "Sadly, in our investigations, too many times we see the consequences of tired transportation workers. Pilots who overfly their destinations and don't respond to air traffic controllers, drowsy bus drivers on overnight trips...and more."

She then used a--what else?--transportation metaphor to describe the relentlessness of change. "In transportation, cables and pulleys were replaced by hydraulic systems, and these in turn, are being replaced by electronic sensors," she said. Conclusion: "You can resist change ... or you can embrace it. I recommend the latter."

Hersman wrapped up by describing her main satisfaction as head of the NTSB: "Our work saves lives. It doesn't get any better than that."

She acknowledged that humans have been known to celebrate large achievements, lke graduating from college, with alcohol. Conclusion: "Please make the life-saving choice to designate a driver or take a cab home."

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The Takeaway

College Grads Still Face Bleak Job Prospects

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

May is the start of college graduation season, when the nation’s bright and ambitious college seniors step out into the workforce — or hope to. But last week’s job numbers show job growth is still weak, and many soon-to-be college grads may find themselves dealing with bleak prospects for the time being. Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of Young Invincibles, is on the last stop of a 21-state bus tour holding roundtable discussions with young people to brainstorm solutions to youth unemployment.

 

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WNYC News

Senior Snapshots | Merna Haridi

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Meet another student in our Senior Snapshots series, which offers a look at some of the New York teenagers getting their diplomas this month.

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WNYC News

Senior Snapshots | Juan Vasquez

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Meet another student in our Senior Snapshots series, which offers a look at some of the New York teenagers getting their diplomas this month.

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WNYC News

Senior Snapshots | Jeannette Neto

Monday, June 20, 2011

New York City high school students are graduating this month. In our Senior Snapshots series, WNYC profiles a few students who learned what it takes to succeed in school and graduate despite facing numerous challenges.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Class of 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

2011 College Graduates: Have you been trained to follow your dreams or get practical in a difficult world? And are those incompatible? Are you following advice to follow your passion, make sacrifices for the good of others, or to seek financial security--and are those things compatible? What advice are you following. Call us at 212-433-WNYC or comment here!

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WNYC News

Regents Mulls Raising Graduation Standards

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The New York State Board of Regents wants to raise high school graduation standards to ensure that students are ready for college and work.

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