American RadioWorks

American RadioWorks


American Public Media's American RadioWorks creates documentaries, series projects, and investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet.


What children in food deserts do during the summer  

There are millions of kids in America who the USDA considers "food insecure" -- they live in households without regular access to nutritious food. For them, school feeding programs are essential.

When a diploma means more than just 'seat time'  

A state law says Maine high school students have to prove they have mastered specific skills in order to get a diploma.

College is a leap of faith - and funds - for poor students  

At a public charter school in Boston, students spend years preparing to go to college. But paying for it is another story.

'All they wanted to do was get an education'  

Forty years ago, four immigrant families won a landmark Supreme Court case that protects the rights of children in the United States to attend public schools, whether they have papers or not.

Making room for poor kids at rich schools  

A new study shows selective colleges could bring in many more talented low-income students. So why don't they?

A public school that's just for immigrants  

English learners are the least likely to graduate from high school when compared to other groups of students. There's a new high school in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that's trying to help new immigrant students beat the odds.

Is free college free?  

New York's new scholarship promises free college, for a price.

Kids with dyslexia are not getting what they need in American public schools  

A mother and her dyslexic daughter tell their story. It's a preview of an upcoming documentary from APM Reports.

Immigration enforcement has DACA students on edge  

Collision over college dreams for undocumented students.

Improving the odds for young black men  

Can the excitement about My Brother's Keeper last now that Obama's out of office?

Protecting the legacy of HBCUs  

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently called HBCUs "real pioneers of school choice." We thought this would be a good time to revisit our documentary, "The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century."

Reforming School Discipline  

If suspensions don't work, what does?

The great equalizer  

Are we asking too much of America's inner city schools?

'Dick and Jane were not my friends'  

There are proven techniques to help children with learning disabilities, but can affected kids get what they need in public schools?

The View From Room 205  

One reporter chronicles a neighborhood school in need of the American dream.

Chinese students ponder Trump  

How much will anti-immigrant rhetoric dissuade foreigners from studying in the United States?

What Betsy DeVos might bring to the Department of Education  

The nominee for secretary of education has a long history of funding school-choice efforts and charter schools in Michigan.

What Betsy DeVos might bring to the DOE  

Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos' critics say she wants to dismantle the public-school system. Her supporters say she's going to challenge the education establishment. We ask an expert what to expect at her confirmation hearings.

High achievers left behind  

In a system that prioritizes struggling students, what happens to everybody else?

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