Public Policy

Airs Sunday, October 18, at 6 p.m. In the 1940s British headmaster Kurt Hahn set up a wilderness school called Outward Bound to teach young men skills they needed to survive World War II – skills like leadership, persistence, and working together. Hahn believed these were skills conventional schools should focus on too. Fifty years later, Hahn’s ideas about education inspired a network of public schools in the United States.

Airs Sunday, October 4, at 6 p.m. Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they’re on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S.

Airs Sunday, August 2, at 6 p.m. The recent controversy in South Carolina over displaying the Confederate battle flag has sparked a dialog across the nation on the appropriateness and appropriate places for this icons of the Civil War Era. Is the display of Civil War statues and flags in public justified or do they belong only in museums? After the racially motivated violence in Charleston, South Carolina, state governments around the South are reevaluating the display of the Confederate battle flag on public grounds.

Airs Sunday, March 15, at 6 p.m.  President Obama's announcement to begin normalizing relations with Cuba marks the most significant change in US policy toward the island nation in a half century. But as America looks to make it easier to travel to the country and establish more economic ties, what does that mean for the average Cuban or Cuban American? In this special edition America Abroad teams up Latino USA to take an in depth look at how this new thaw affects everyone from families living in both countries, to businessmen hoping to cash in, to baseball players who for decades have been caught in the middle. We'll hear stories from on the ground in Havana, Miami, and elsewhere for a wide range of perspectives and personal narratives.    

Airs Tuesday, February 17, at 8 p.m America's only national broadcast focusing on homelessness and poverty will broadcast live on from Sarasota, Florida over the Red River Radio Network on Tuesday, February 17 starting at 8p.m., CST, until 4 a.m., CST, on Wednesday, February 18.

Call in numbers for the broadcast will be 877-662-6398 If you're housed or homeless and 866-533-8688 If you're homeless, formerly homeless, or afraid you're about to be homeless