Rethinking Fast Fashion After Bangladesh

On a tour of Dhaka, I visited a factory that was making clothes for some of my favorite brands. I saw hundreds of workers crowded around sewing machines and work-tables. The sound of whooshing looms and the chemical smell of dye filled the air. But it was watching a young girl, who was maybe 10, sewing a pair of jeans that made me feel really sick. My host sister later told me that many of these workers, mostly women and children, were living on less than 2 dollars a day.

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Brains and Beakers: Rapping on Science

A couple years ago I wrote a song about geography to the tune of Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. I still remember every single word of that song… too embarrassing to actually write here, but it helped me pass my test. Music can help with learning and memory and can be used as a tool in the classroom. That’s one reason why educator and rapper, Tom McFadden, is bringing battle raps to science class. He created a curriculum to teach middle and high school students how to write raps about important scientific concepts.


The Secret Behind Apps for Kids

Seems like every day brings a new story revealing lapses in internet privacy. The Wall Street Journal has been steadily covering this issue in its series What They Know. In a related story today, Jeremy Singer-Vine and Anton Troianovski looked into data gathering in kid-friendly apps. I talked to Singer-Vine about his findings.

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Wrap Up: The Trayvon Martin Trial So Far

Proceedings are underway for one of the most polarizing U.S. cases in the last few years; George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, is standing trial for the murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. Here’s a rundown of the months leading up to the first day of court and a little background on the case.


In February of 2012, George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman and Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old staying with his father in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, were involved in an altercation. Zimmerman, who is half-Hispanic, saw Martin, who was African-American as a suspicious character. Martin was returning home from buying snacks at a corner store. Zimmerman pursued the unarmed 17 year-old and after a physical altercation, Martin was shot and killed. Zimmerman sustained injuries to his face.

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The Science Of Hypnosis

Hypnosis has been around for centuries. It’s been proven to reduce stress, anxiety and pain. Yet the practice is still struggling for mainstream public acceptance. New research from Stanford University is applying the latest medical imaging tools to figure out the science behind hypnosis, and what makes it work. Youth Radio’s Chantell Williams wanted to know what hypnosis can do for stressed out teens.

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