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July 28th: What's On Today's Show

Nearly 1 million teenagers stop going to school each year, and the impact of that decision can have a lifelong effect. In our second hour, NPR education correspondent Claudio Sanchez looks at the dropout crisis, and dropouts talk about where they are now. hide caption

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Justice Outside A Courtroom
Even when a criminal case ends in a guilty verdict, many crime victims feel they never get the answers they wanted. But a growing number of cities and counties across the country are giving offenders and victims an opportunity to confront each other — and even reconcile — face to face. Some jurisdictions are going even further, giving crime victims a say in the offender's punishment, without ever going to trial. Guest host Laura Sullivan speaks with Sujatha Baliga about her work in what's known as restorative justice, in California. And Robert M. Johnson, former district attorney for Anoka County, Minnesota, explains why some prosecutors are reluctant to use the approach — and why he decided to try it.

New Protests In Tahrir Square
Egyptian protesters have returned to Tahrir Square, frustrated with the pace of change and hoping to revive the revolutionary spirit that toppled the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. Tahrir became synonymous with revolution in Egypt, and now thousands of protesters are demanding that the current military government cede more power to the people, guarantee fair elections and assure next week's scheduled trial for Mubarak takes place. NPR correspondent Mike Shuster is in Cairo and will update guest host Laura Sullivan on the state of the stalled revolution in Egypt.

Dropouts: Where Are You Now?
Each year, nearly 1 million teenagers stop going to school, a decision that often hounds them for decades. The unemployment rate for people without a high school diploma is nearly twice that of the general population. They are more likely to commit crimes, abuse drugs and alcohol, or live in poverty. Dropouts also cost federal and state governments billions of dollars in lost earnings, welfare, and medical costs. In a new NPR series, education correspondent Claudio Sanchez looks at the dropout crisis through the stories of five people. Guest host Laura Sullivan talks with Sanchez and with two of the people he profiled, Kenny Buchanan, who quit high school at 18, and Patrick Lundvick, who left school at 15, about the cost of dropping out, and where they are today.

Building A Better Camouflage
Military camouflage first appeared on battlefields in World War I. Ever since, the pattern of dark stripes and swirls has changed to help soldiers blend in with combat surroundings from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq. In the 1990's, Canada's military adopted a digitized block pattern, and Guy Cramer decided he could build a better camo. His version caught the interest of the King of Jordan, and now Cramer designs uniforms for a million troops in a dozen countries. Guest host Laura Sullivan talks with Cramer about the evolving science of concealment, and what makes an effective camouflage.