Lauren Migaki


This is the time of year when a lot of people say they're going to focus on their finances, so we want to talk about so-called ethical investing. That's a way to put your money where your morals are, and it's taken off. A 2020 report found that one-third of all U.S. assets are now invested in companies that say they're operating in an ethical and environmentally sustainable way. But how do you know if your money is making the impact you really want? From NPR's Life Kit, Lauren Migaki breaks down how ethical investing works and if it might be right for you.

We've all done it: grabbed that candy bar at the grocery store checkout, made another Amazon purchase at midnight, committed to that pair of aspirational wrist guards, because this summer, you're definitely going to use those Rollerblades.

But before you hit the "purchase" button on your next impulse-buy, ask yourself: Do I want it? Do I like it? Do I need it? Do I love it?

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Writing a graduation speech is a tricky task. Should you be funny, or sincere? Tell a story — or offer advice? For Yusef Pierce, a graduating senior in California, the job of putting together his public address was a bit more challenging.

"Being inside, I can't really refer to other graduation speeches," Pierce says. He's speaking by phone from inside the California Rehabilitation Center, a medium-security prison in Norco. "I was just trying to come up with what sounded like a graduation speech."

Este artículo fue traducido por la periodista, Adriana Morga y editado por el reportero Carlos Cabrera-Lomelí del equipo de KQED en Español.

On the morning of Friday, Aug. 14, The Daily Tar Heel newsroom got a tip: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was about to announce clusters of positive coronavirus cases in student housing, after only a week of in-person classes. The student-led independent newspaper broke the news before the university sent its campus-wide alert.

Think back to a time when you were growing up and something big was going on in the world — 9/11, the Challenger disaster, Watergate. What did you hear about it? Did you have fears? Worries?

One woman we spoke with thought that the Vietnam War, with its guerrilla warfare, meant that gorillas were going to come get her. What misconceptions did you have about the news?

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With wildfires still raging across parts of Southern California, dozens of schools have been closed. Many will stay that way till the new year. That gives educators valuable time to think about what they can do, when school resumes, to help students who have been traumatized by these fires.

When the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga (then Aiko Yoshinaga) was a senior at Los Angeles High School.

She remembers the day the following spring that her principal took the Japanese students aside and said, "You're not getting your diplomas because your people bombed Pearl Harbor."

Japanese-American families on the West Coast were rounded up and sent to internment camps. Yoshinaga was worried that she would be separated from her boyfriend, so to the horror of her parents, Yoshinaga and her boyfriend eloped.