Morning Edition for July 24, 2013
Jul 24, 2013 — The Tucson Unified School District is resurrecting its Mexican-American studies program three years after it was banned by the state of Arizona. The courses are now known as "culturally relevant classes." They are set to begin in a couple of weeks, and they hold the same potential for controversy.
Jul 24, 2013 — Are you addicted to technology? Do you check email obsessively, tweet without restraint or post on Facebook during Thanksgiving dinner? Many techies and marketers are tapping into powerful reward mechanisms in our brain to make their products as compelling and profitable as possible.
Jul 24, 2013 — Starting this weekend, 20 baseball teams meet in Georgia for a World Series with a twist: most of the athletes on the field are visually impaired. The sport is called Beep Baseball, named for the sound the ball makes so players know where it is.
Jul 24, 2013 — The adhan is not music, per se — music is not allowed in the mosque — but the five-times-daily call to prayer can be musical, and quite beautiful. For Ben Youcef, it's a matter of harmonizing his life as a devout Muslim, a muezzin and an actor who sometimes plays Islamic extremists.
Jul 24, 2013 — Social scientists recently made an interesting discovery: The wage gap between blacks and whites (working identical jobs) varies greatly by location.
Jul 23, 2013 — Commentator Frank Deford says our educational system should care more about encouraging good black students instead of using good black athletes.