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Documentaries Examine Teacher Training, Low-Income Student Graduation Rates

Tune in at 9am on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Across America, low-income, first generation college students are not graduating at the same rate as some of their wealthier peers. Coming up, we take a closer look at this trend with WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza. Her documentary is called “Lower Income, Higher Ed."  

The Sage of Storytelling: Raouf Mama

Listen live on Monday at 9:00 am.

Raouf Mama is a beloved storyteller by children and adults familiar with his books
Why Goats Smell Bad and Why Monkeys Live in TreesHis love of storytelling stems from a long and honorable oral tradition that goes back to the ancient empire of Mali, when people preserved the lessons of life in memory instead of on the written page.

Raouf says we each have a story of belonging and identity. He uses his stories to entertain, comfort, and most of all as a tool to enlighten students.

Sens. Murphy and Blumenthal on Mental Health, Drones, and Puerto Rico

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is making another push for mental health reform in Congress that he hopes will overhaul and strengthen the mental health care system. He joins us from Washington, D.C. to explain the legislation and to discuss some recent news on the U.S. policy on Syria and use of drones. 

We also talk to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about an Obama administration proposal to help address Puerto Rico's fiscal challenges. 

The Wheelhouse: Budget Talks, Campaign Mailings, and Bridgeport's Mayoral Race

This week, legislative leaders met with Governor Dannel Malloy to talk about the state's budget deficit. This hour, we review those talks with a panel of Capitol reporters.

The Value of Investing in Women and Girls; Gloria Steinem Discusses 'Life on the Road'

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Women have come a long way in the fight for equality, but a lot of work remains to be done. This hour, we take a look at how women’s funds are helping to advance women’s rights and break down gender barriers.

Yale to Open New Quantum Institute; Studies Explore Runners' Thoughts, Brain Cancer

Listen live at 9:00 am on Friday.

Considered one of the most critical and exciting fields of the 21st century, quantum information science now has a home in New Haven, Connecticut. This hour, we preview the opening of the Yale Quantum Institute with its director, Robert Schoelkopf. 

Guidelines for Mammograms, and the Planned Parenthood Debate

The American Cancer Society changed its recommendation for how often women should get mammograms. The new guidelines push back the recommended age for annual mammograms for most women from age 40 to 45. Some experts say the change is warranted and data-driven, while others say it'll lead to possible delays in detecting breast cancer. 

And Planned Parenthood is no stranger to headlines. Last month a heated exchange in Congress over de-funding the women’s health care agency, an effort that failed to pass the U.S. Senate. A highly edited sting video showed Planned Parenthood staff discussing fetal tissue donations as impetus for the de-funding efforts. Some argue that tax dollars shouldn’t be spent on an organization that so many find objectionable in nature. 

The Wheelhouse: Budget Floor Drops Again

Listen live on Wednesday at 9:00 am.

After weeks of dismissing the idea of a special session, more bad budget news is pushing Gov. Malloy in that direction. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we discuss this and all the week's news including an update on a plan by the state's Board of Regents that has professors fighting mad.

Overcoming Barriers To Health Care Access

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Access to health care has improved significantly since ‘Obamacare’ - with big gains for previously uninsured minorities who were unable to gain access before the law took effect.

But, insurance isn’t the only barrier to overcome. Entrenched cultural beliefs and the way we deliver care can also limit access.

Today, we talk about three different examples.

An Insider's Take on the Iraq War; Checking in on Japan With Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki

Listen live on Friday at 9:00 am.

A new memoir from British Middle East expert Emma Sky provides an insider’s account of the Iraq war, offering unique insights into how and why the Iraq adventure failed. 

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