150 episodes

The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 140 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.

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    • 4.7, 73 Ratings

The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 140 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.

    Soldiers for Peace

    Soldiers for Peace

    During the Vietnam War, roughly one in five GIs actively opposed the conflict. Many servicemen and women came to believe they were not liberating the country from communism but acting as agents of tyranny. In the combat zone, they rebelled against their commanders' orders. At home, they staged massive protests. Soldiers for Peace offers a first-person look at how GIs were transformed by Vietnam, and the strategies veterans and active-duty personnel used to bring the war to an end.

    • 52 min
    Uprooted: The 1950s plan to erase Indian Country

    Uprooted: The 1950s plan to erase Indian Country

    In the 1950s, the United States came up with a plan to solve what it called the "Indian Problem." It would assimilate Native Americans by moving them to cities and eliminating reservations. The 20-year campaign failed to erase Native Americans, but its effects on Indian Country are still felt today.

    • 52 min
    Fading Minds: Why There's Still No Cure for Alzheimer's

    Fading Minds: Why There's Still No Cure for Alzheimer's

    In the 1970s, the founder of the National Institute on Aging convinced a nation that senility was really Alzheimer's and could be cured. Research money flowed to one theory — and alternatives remained unexamined.

    • 52 min
    At a Loss for Words: What's wrong with how schools teach reading

    At a Loss for Words: What's wrong with how schools teach reading

    There is a theory about how people read words -- one that's deeply embedded in teaching practices and curriculum materials widely used in elementary school classrooms. Although the idea has been disproved by cognitive scientists, it continues to be included in teacher preparation programs, promoted in professional development sessions, and marketed by publishers.

    • 52 min
    Students on the Move: Keeping uprooted kids in school

    Students on the Move: Keeping uprooted kids in school

    A growing body of research finds that repeatedly uprooted children are more likely to struggle in school and more likely to drop out. But there are ways to help them succeed.

    • 51 min
    Under a Watchful Eye: How colleges are tracking students to boost graduation

    Under a Watchful Eye: How colleges are tracking students to boost graduation

    Colleges need to get more students to graduate, and many schools are embracing a tool used by corporations and social media companies to track the clicks and movements of their customers: big data.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

karibell2 ,

Great podcast

I love history so I love this podcast

Peapod the Pocket Squirrel ,

Well reported and interesting

Always enjoy listening to this one. The series on Japanese internment was especially riveting.

LizzieB823 ,

Thorough, thoughtful, clear

I’ve been loving the excellent documentaries about education, especially Emily Hanford’s pieces on reading, “Hard to Read” and “Hard Words.” Highly recommended!

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