18-27 Segment 1: American Illiteracy

America is facing a literacy problem: according to surveys, fewer than 50% of American schoolchildren are highly proficient readers. We talk to several experts who suggest that we may simply be teaching the skill incorrectly.

18-24 Segment 2: The Value of Our Public Libraries

Public libraries have existed for generations and have long been one of our most cherished community services. But with budget cuts has come a pinch on library staff and technology centers. Our guests discuss the value libraries still bring and why we should support these institutions of our citizenry.

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

America is facing a literacy problem. We talk to several experts who suggest that we may simply be teaching the skill incorrectly.

children reading books at park against trees and meadow in the park

16-42 Segment 2: Teaching Kids to Read by Expanding Their World

Our guest offers suggestions to parents, educators and policymakers about how expanding our children’s knowledge base in school will help make them read better.