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May 29, 2014

President Obama discusses his foreign policy during a speech at West Point. We’ll tell you what critics have said regarding this issue and how the president responded. Today’s show also looks back on the turbulent and triumphant life of Maya Angelou, and we pass along some tips on driving safely during a dangerous season. We’ll also peer into what the future may hold for world cities.

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Media Literacy Question of the Day:

In your opinion, what should news media include when reporting on a presidential speech?

Key Concepts: Identify or explain these subjects you heard about in today’s show:

1. U.S. Military Academy

2. foreign policy

3. Maya Angelou

Fast Facts: How well were you listening to today’s program?

1. What is meant by the term “foreign policy”? What major foreign policy points did President Obama address during yesterday’s speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point? What have critics said about the president’s foreign policy?

2. Who was Maya Angelou? What do we know about her childhood? Who are some of the civil rights leaders she worked with? What are some of the different careers that she had? What are some of the awards she received?

3. What is Bluefin-21? What was it searching for? Where was it conducting its missions? Why are authorities temporarily suspending this search? What is the role of the Chinese vessel in this area?

4. What does the “city of the future” look like in Songdo, South Korea? What are some of the features of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi? What will homes and streets look like in Fujisawa, Japan? Who is financing each of these cities? So far, how have these cities been received? What is being done to attract more residents?

5. Why is AAA warning teens about the 100 days that begin on Memorial Day? What tips does the organization offer for safer teen driving?

Discussion Questions:

1. What is your opinion of President Obama’s foreign policy? Do you agree or disagree with his approach to events in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan? Explain. Are there any foreign policy issues that you think deserve more or less attention than they are getting? Explain.

2. What do you think happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? Why do you think that the plane has not yet been found? Do you think the search should continue? Why or why not?

3. In what ways are the futuristic cities seen in the video “laboratories”? What do you think could be learned here? Would you consider living in one of these cities? Why or why not?

4. In spite of numerous laws, classes, and PSAs, car accidents are still a leading cause of death for teenagers. What, if anything, do you think can be done to promote safer driving among teens?

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