January 29th, 2016

The Short: "To Be Young, 'Gifted' And Black, It Helps To Have A Black Teacher"

by Anya Kamenetz (NPR)

A new, national study finds that black students are about half as likely as white students to be put on a "gifted" track — even when they have comparable test scores.

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The Long: "Barbie's Got A New Body"

by Eliana Dockterman (TIME)

I’m sitting in a bright pink room at Mattel’s headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., playing with a Barbie that only 20 people in the world know exists. Her creation has been kept so secret that the designers code-named the endeavor Project Dawn so that even their spouses wouldn’t be tipped off to her existence.

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