Stephen Smith is the executive editor and host of American RadioWorks, the highly respected documentary series from American Public Media.

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GED was never meant to be second-chance diploma

The GED test was set up to help GIs get high school credit when they returned from war.
Posted In: GED, graduation, college degree
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More prestigious colleges offer courses online

Advocates say new, online programs will revolutionize higher education both in cyberspace and in the face-to-face classroom. But they may also be a threat to America's less-prestigious colleges and universities.
Posted In: Education, online education
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Clicking your way to a top-notch education

Millions of students are taking courses from Harvard, Stanford and MIT for free.
Posted In: online education
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The Internet gets physical

Author Andrew Blum takes a peek behind the screens and traces the "Tubes" that connect us to one another.
Posted In: Internet, infrastructure, batteries
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Low tech at the high court

The Supreme Court justices keep it old-school to maintain the majesty and dignity of the nation’s highest court. Plus, new opportunities to go to an Ivy League university for free.
Posted In: Supreme Court, online education
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New tablets to ponder

Apple is announcing an announcement for next week. The technocenti say it will be the release of iPad version two.
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Small sensor could be big breakthrough for heart patients

An implantable pressure gauge the size of a paperclip may be a big advance in the treatment of heart failure patients.
Posted In: Health
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Debt wasn't always the enemy

The subprime mortgage debacle has given debt a bad rap lately. But there was a time when borrowing money helped establish a strong middle class. Stephen Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Investing
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He's successful -- and undocumented

A small businessman who runs a car repair shop in Minneapolis is doing rather well these days, as customers try to extend the lives of their beaters. But he has a big obstacle to success -- he's an undocumented Mexican immigrant. Stephen Smith reports.
Posted In: Crime, Immigration
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Light shines on Katrina survivor

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed her Biloxi, Miss., house, Ethel Curry waited a long time for help rebuilding it. That help finally came this winter — from an unlikely source. Stephen Smith reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Housing

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