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October 31, 2008

Math, Science & Our Children
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For America to stay competitive globally, our kids need to be encouraged to learn math and science. But as girls grow up, their interest in the subjects plunges. Well hear from Americas First Female Astronaut, whos working to change this. Then the use of Methamphetamines is a national menace. But one womans crusade to close neighborhood meth houses is catching on.
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Girls, Math and Science
In elementary school, roughly an equal number of girls and boys are interested in science and math. But around sixth grade, more girls than boys begin to drift away from these subjects. Sally Ride, PhD, the first American woman in space, founder and CEO of Sally Ride Science talked about the reasons behind this trend, and offered ways that parents can encourage girls to choose careers in engineering and the sciences.
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The War Against Meth in Suburbia
Methamphetamine houses are springing up in unsuspecting communities across the country. Susan York, community activist, and founder of Lead on America shares her story as the leader of a group of suburban Seattle moms who waged a grassroots fight to take back their neighborhoods from meth users. York and her neighbors started working with police, gathering information officers need to get search warrants and make arrests. She now offers nationwide assistance to neighborhoods dealing with this problem.
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Standards for Driver Fitness
Lori Cohen is Program Director of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and a member of the National Older Driver Safety Advisory Council. Ms. Cohens organization is seeking a national standard to measure drivers medical and functional fitness. She talked about the challenges faced by families and doctors when an older person is no longer competent to drive. She also offered suggestions of how families can convince an impaired older relative to turn in their keys.
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