Airs Sunday, December 7 at 6 p.m. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were the "first couple" of American radio. FDR's prowess before the microphone is well documented. But few people remember that Eleanor Roosevelt was a radio star in her own right – with commercial sponsors paying top dollar for her talents as a news commentator. She remains the only first lady to hold a job while living in the White House. The Roosevelts forever changed the way Americans relate to their chief executive and his family.
Airs Sunday, September 7 at 6 p.m. There's plenty of controversy surrounding the Common Core, a new set of education standards adopted by most states. Getting less attention is what the standards actually say, and the fact that many teachers like them. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Many teachers say those changes are desperately needed, but some are worried about new Common Core tests and whether they will help improve schools or get in the way of better education.
Airs Sunday, October 13 at 6 p.m. This program documents how the GED – originally designed to help World War II veterans go to college – became the fallback option for millions of high school dropouts. It explores how the GED is changing and what those changes mean for millions of Americans being left behind by our changing economy.
Airs Sunday, October 6 at 6 p.m. Experts say technology creates new ways for schools to customize education for each student. This program documents the rise of so-called “personalized learning.” It takes listeners to schools that are reinventing their approach to education, and explores how teaching and learning change when personalization replaces one-size-fits-all in the classroom.