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Radio Rookies

Eyes Off the Goal: When Sports Rule and School Suffers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fresh grass. Freedom. Success. That was the sensation Edward Munoz experienced every time he walked onto a soccer field. But in school, he felt like he wasn’t meant to be there.

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Life of the Law

School Discipline

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thousands of kids are arrested in school every year. About a third of U.S. schools have a regular police presence on campus; some school districts even have their own police forces. As the number of law enforcement officers on campus has gone up, so,



In Era of High School Choice, One District Retains Elite Status

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a champion of school choice, opening hundreds of new schools throughout the city. But some of the most desirable high schools remain reserved for students in just one school district: District Two which includes the Upper East Side and lower Manhattan.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Divide for Democrats?; HS Admissions; China and Haiyan; Wilco’s Nels Cline

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pundits point to a growing divide within the GOP. Noam Scheiber of The New Republic talks about the big changes going on within the Democratic party as well, which he describes in his profile of Elizabeth Warren. Plus: what you need to know about the public high school admissions process and how to choose the right school; economist Padma Desai talks about growing up in rural India; and Nels Cline of Wilco talks about music education.

State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Dropouts to Graduates

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Broadcast times: Saturday at 6am on 93.9FM, 2pm on AM820. Sunday at 7am and 8pm on AM820.

Say you meet a teenager. She’s 16, and she’s dropped out of school. Now, she’s pregnant, due in a few months. She’s on her own, as her boyfriend disappeared when news of the baby came out. She doesn’t have a job, and is hoping her mom won’t kick her out of the house. What would your expectations for her be?

If you’re in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the answer to those questions might be very different from the predictable one of hopelessness and dim futures. That’s because Holyoke is home to the Care Center, an alternative school for pregnant and parenting teens who’ve dropped out of high school.


Radio Rookies

Radio Rookies and Youth Radio Live Chat on Gun Control and School Safety

Monday, January 28, 2013


Join Radio Rookies and Youth Radio today from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST for a Live Chat about gun control and school safety with students from classrooms around the country. 

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Radio Rookies

Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A

Friday, December 28, 2012

Many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is "slut-shaming" 

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Radio Rookies

Radio Rookies Hosts Live Chat For Teens on Sexual Cyberbullying

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Radio Rookies hosted an in-class live chat to coincide with a new story about sexual cyberbullying. Rookie Reporter Temitayo Fagbenle hosted a facilitated online conversation for high school students to discuss the issues her story brings to light.


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The Takeaway

Marking the Beginning of Adulthood

Thursday, May 31, 2012

At age 18, an American is old enough to fight, and die, for his or her country, but not old enough to buy a beer. At age 16, one can obtain a driver’s license, but not rent a car. And at age 17, one can get married in some states, but not in others. When, exactly, is a kid no longer a kid? When does childhood end and adulthood begin?

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John Corcoran, Part 2: The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

John Corcoran spent 17 years as a high school teacher without knowing how to read or write. This is Part 2 of the story of how he pulled it off and where it all led in the end.



Fewer 'A's for High Schools

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fewer high schools got A's from the city on their annual report cards, and more got D's. The city says that's partly because the state is raising graduation standards.

Meanwhile, as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the city says it's too soon to tell if extra federal grants made a difference at 11 failing schools. The 2011 school progress report grades for all New York City public high schools are now on the schools’ pages on SchoolBook.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Testing 1 2 3

Thursday, July 22, 2010

David Steiner, New York State education commissioner and president of the University of the State of New York, discusses findings that say New York's standardized tests have become easier, and even students who pass the tests are falling short in college.

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The Takeaway

New Details Complicate Phoebe Prince Case

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The suicide of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince in January made international headlines and changed the way that Massachusetts schools view and prosecute bullying in schools. What was described by state District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel, initially, as a “nearly three-month campaign” of “relentless” and “torturous” bullying, may in fact have been a more nuanced and complicated case with an emotionally disturbed teenager at its center. 

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The Takeaway

Head Injuries Hurt Young Athletes

Monday, February 01, 2010

Head injuries among pro football players are much discussed. But a forum in Texas is looking at how much they affect younger sports players. The House Judiciary Committee is in the state today to host a forum on head injuries in high school and college football.