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September 19, 2013
Economic stories take center stage in Thursday's program, as we report on a milestone for U.S. gas prices, we discuss a decision from the Federal Reserve, and we examine the percentage of Americans living in poverty. We also hear how a civil rights activist is promoting his message against sagging pants, and we share some students' methods for coping with a bad day.
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Media Literacy Question of the Day:
What might be the pros and cons of using billboards to convey a message to young people? How might the effectiveness of billboards compare to that of other media?
Key Concepts: Identify or explain these subjects you heard about in today's show:
1. Federal Reserve Bank
2. poverty line
3. disaster declaration
Fast Facts: How well were you listening to today's program?
1. What are some reasons given as to why gas prices have been higher than $3 since December 2010?
2. What did the Federal Reserve decide to do yesterday?
3. What U.S. state is known as the "Land of Enchantment"?
1. What might be the effects of sustained, $3 gas prices on individuals, businesses, and the economy as a whole? How might people deal with these effects?
2. What factors do you think might be contributing to the U.S. poverty rate? What might have contributed to lower-paying jobs in the wake of the "Great Recession"? In your view, is there anything individuals could do to put themselves in the market for higher-paying jobs? If so, what? If not, why not?
3. What different perspectives might young people have regarding the anti-saggy pants billboard? What is your opinion on wearing saggy pants? To what extent might one person's appearance affect how others perceive his or her character?
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