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Living With Change Get the News? Dealing with Differences
As one girl said soon after 9/11, "our lives have changed in so many ways, and we won't really know how until the dust settles." In this episode, hosted by Eden Riegel of ALL MY CHILDREN, we highlight how teens have responded to the ongoing events of September 11. Among those speaking out are students who were closest to Ground Zero and have returned to their schools; a teen EMT who volunteered at the site; a boy who abused drugs but stopped after 9/11; and a teen who lost her step-father, a fireman. Teenagers in California and Colorado also reveal how the attacks and terrorist threats have changed their lives and hopes for the future. Teens are watching and reading more news now than they ever did before 9/11. This program explores how the news coverage on TV, on the Web, and in print has impacted the way they are coping with their changed world. It also helps them understand how to select, compare and interpret what they see and read in the news. How can you tell fact from rumor? What is bias and what is a credible source? What is a primary source? Teen reporters Oliver and Christina interview FOX News' Bill O'Reilly, ABC's Peter Jennings, CNN's and MTV's Serena Altschul, and a wide variety of other experts and journalists. Hosted by actor Jason Biggs, this episode explores groups' and individuals' efforts to promote racial, religious, and cultural understanding at a time when growing numbers of Arab-Americans and Muslims are being victimized. A Sikh teen and Muslim teens of various backgrounds dispel stereotypes by talking about different aspects of Islam. They discuss how they have been affected and explain the differences between them and the extremists. We also hear from Palestinian and Israeli teens from the Seeds of Peace initiative and a group of peer educators from Global Kids, an organization that prepares urban youth to become global citizens and leaders.
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Jamie's stepfather was a firefighter who responded to the attacks. Watch her recollect what happened after being told that he did not survive. See a variety of reactions to media coverage of the attacks of 9/11. Kids from both the east and west coasts discuss their reactions to the events. Students talk about their Islamic faith and how common misconceptions about the religion and its followers need to be clarified.



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