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Challenges Ahead for Summer Reading Programs

The Iowa Reading Research Center is out with the results of a study into the effectiveness of summer reading programs. The report comes as every school district in the state approaches a deadline to enact some form of summer reading program. The study involved 43 school districts and one community organization. The results show the summer programs helped struggling readers maintain their reading skills, but on average did not improve them. The principal investigator of the study and director...
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The ashes of Fidel Castro, the iconic revolutionary leader who died late last month, were interred in a private ceremony Sunday bringing an end to nine days of mourning in Cuba for a man who was the political face of the island nation for nearly half a century.

The ceremony at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, located in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba known as the site that launched the Cuban Revolution. Castro's remains join those of other prominent Cuban figures.

Will Grant of the BBC tells NPR's Newscast:

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Tips For The Family Wallet

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Talking about money with family can be tricky. Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist for the Washington Post, shares tips with NPR's Ailsa Chang and answers listener questions.

In our extended cut, which you can listen to below, Singletary answers some more listener questions we weren't able to include in our cut for broadcast, like:

  • How do I turn down extravagant gifts that feel like they have strings attached?
  • How do I talk to my spouse about saving money for our own future before giving money to her family?
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Featured Release This Week From Pretenders

Pretenders formed in England in 1978. The band was fronted by an American: songwriter, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Chrissie Hynde, originally from Akron, Ohio. Through the decades and many changes of personnel, Hynde remains the only member who has been in every incarnation of the band, although original drummer Martin Chambers has returned after an absence of several years. Hynde moved to London in 1973, just a few years before the rise of punk rock in England. She wrote about music,...
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Canadian Brass, CROT & More for December & January IAS

Ring in the holidays and the New Year with Iowa arts! Tune in at 11 A.M. or 5 P.M. on Saturday, Dec. 3rd for the broadcast. The December and January Iowa Arts Showcase features: · Guest director & choreographer, Candace Evans, and artistic director and conductor, Daniel Kleinknecht, discussing the CROT’s upcoming January double bill productions of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci · Brett Lobello, Deputy Director of Brucemore Mansion, diving into the mansion’s...
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