American Radio Works

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Airs Sunday, July 17, at 6 p.m.****Listener Warning: This subject matter may not be suitable for children.**** Advocates for kids are pushing for a new approach to combating underage prostitution: treating young people caught up in sex trafficking as victims, not delinquents. This documentary looks at how police and lawmakers are increasingly turning to a public health approach to help vulnerable young people break free of sex trafficking. And it explores efforts to stop traffickers and buyers.  

Airs Sunday, September 14 at 6 p.m. Just 20 percent of college-goers fit the stereotype of being young, single, full-time students who finish a degree in four years. The 21st Century college student is more likely to be older than traditional students, more likely to be female, working, low-income and Hispanic or African-American, and more likely to be a mom. Far different than three decades ago. She's less likely to attend college full time or finish in four years. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how universities are adapting to their new students. It explains changing demographics, and explores what colleges must do to remain engines of social mobility.

American Radio Works: Keyboard College

Oct 1, 2012

How Technology is Revolutionizing Higher Education
Airs Monday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m.
  Digital technologies and the Internet are changing how many Americans go to college. From online learning to simulation programs to smart-machine mentors, the 21st century student will be taught in fundamentally new ways. In this documentary, American RadioWorks host Stephen Smith asks whether these innovations can help more people get access to higher education and bring down the cost of college without sacrificing learning.

American Radio Works: The Rise of Phoenix

Sep 24, 2012

Airs Monday, September 24 at 8:00 p.m.  In this documentary, American RadioWorks correspondent Emily Hanford examines the history and influence of the University of Phoenix, one of the nation's largest colleges, and explores how Phoenix and other for-profits are shaping the future of education.

American Radio Works: Preparing Kids for College

Sep 17, 2012

Airs Mondaym, September 17 at 8:00 pm.  More people are going to college than ever before, but a lot of them aren't finishing. The problem is especially profound among low-income students. Only nine percent complete a bachelor's degree by age 24. Why are so many students quitting, and what leads a few to beat the odds and make it through? In this documentary, American RadioWorks correspondent Emily Hanford introduces us to young people trying to break into the middle class, teachers trying to increase their chances, and researchers investigating the nature of persistence.