The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee has gained more attention on the small screen in recent years thanks to a number of big screen hits. James Maguire, author of the book “American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds,” explores the factors behind the rise in popularity and the effects on kids.
The Nebraska Legislature voted to divide Omaha’s public schools into three racially identifiable districts, prompting the NAACP to file a lawsuit against the state arguing that the law “intentionally furthers racial segregation.” Continue reading
Amadou Ly, a Senegalese 18-year-old living alone in New York City, now faces deportation after revealing his illegal immigrant status on his way to his high school’s robotics competition. Continue reading
Little, Brown and Co. removed Kaavya Viswanathan’s debut novel from book stores as the Harvard University sophomore continues to come under fire for allegedly plagiarizing. An industry expert talks about the allegations and the book publishing industry. Continue reading
The Library of Congress is attempting to preserve the memorable words and music of history. Jeffrey Brown talks to James Billington, the head Librarian of Congress, about the National Recording Registry. Continue reading
Scientists discovered fossils on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic that they believe are a crucial missing link in the evolutionary chain between life in the water and on land. One of the lead researchers analyzes the implications of the discovery. Continue reading
George Mason University was thrown into national prominence by making it to the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four, but some argue that universities are chasing illusory athletic glory and, in the process, betraying their principle educational mission. Continue reading