Tue April 10, 2012

Thinking outside the boxing ring in East Oakland

East Oakland can be a tough neighborhood for a kid. It's a landscape designed for industry, not for children, and there aren’t many places to play. But a couple blocks east of the 880 freeway, down 98th avenue, is a little refuge that serves as a second home and playground for the those growing up in East Oakland. It's the East Oakland Boxing Association.

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Mon March 5, 2012

Documentary examines how mainstream media hurts young women

Miss Representation is a new film about the rapid proliferation of media in the 21st Century and how it affects young boys and girls. The film notes that the reach of media today is unprecedented and more pervasive than ever before – and it may be presenting a very skewed portrayal of what it means to be female. Women are only 16 percent of the protagonists in movies and, Miss Representation argues, girls are encouraged by ads, TV and films to achieve an unrealistic standard of beauty at younger and younger ages. Here are some girls talking about how images are affecting them:

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Tue January 31, 2012

How can we lower the student drop-out rate?

European Commission

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama proposed something radical, that dropping out of high school no longer be allowed. But that might be complicated. Every school district has tried numerous solutions to the dropout dilemma without success.

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Mon January 16, 2012
CITY VISIONS: January 16, 2012

The Impact of Sports-Related Head Injuries

photo courtesy of Mt. Diablo Memory Center

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Matt Fidler

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Mon January 9, 2012
City Visions: January 9, 2012

Public Charter Schools in the Bay Area: Are They Delivering on Their Promise?

 Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Victoria Thorp 

There are more charter schools in California than any other state in the nation. And the Bay Area is home to some of the most well known in the country, such as KIPP, Aspire and Rocketship schools. In this state, charter schools have seen tremendous growth since the first enterprise opened in 1993. Nearly two decades later, charter schools in California number around a thousand and collectively enroll over 400,000 students.

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