17-14 Segment 2: The Trouble with Teaching Reading: Why so many children struggle with literacy

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America is facing a literacy problem: according to surveys, fewer than 50% of American schoolchildren are highly proficient readers. But solving the dilemma isn’t easy: why are so many students struggling and how can we fix it? We talk to several experts who suggest that we may simply be teaching the skill incorrectly. They address the fallacies many of us believe to be true and the balance our education system needs to strike in order to best cure the societal illness of illiteracy.

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13-32 Segment 1: Entrepreneurs: How to get a leg up in small business


Starting a small business is a lot of work, and many of them fail – or never get off the ground in the first place. We talk to two entrepreneur specialists about some of the important points that need to be considered when you’re thinking of starting your own business, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of going out on your own.


Elizabeth Ü, author of the book, Raising Dough: The complete guide to financing a socially responsible food business

Patrick J. Murphy, Professor of Management in the Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University, Chicago, IL