Pulitzer Center Update

News Bites and Lesson of the Week: Nuclear Weapons

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Sandia’s Senior Manager for the B61-12 Brad Boswell, left, with Jamie McIntyre, Al Jazeera America’s national security correspondent on special assignment for the PBS NewsHour. The mock-ups of the old B61-4 nuclear bomb, left, and the refurbished B61-12 bomb, right, look similar. The first production model of the B61-12 is scheduled to be fielded in 2020. It will be a “modernized version of the old bomb, where we are meeting the military requirements while looking for opportunities to improve the safety and the security of the weapon,” Boswell told McIntyre. One improvement is swapping out old-fashioned parts such as vacuum tubes, located in the bomb’s radar system, for modern electronics. Image by Dan Sagalyn. United States, 2015.

Dear Educators,

News Bite 7, "Modernizing Nuclear Weapons"

Last week, North Korea conducted a nuclear test that has the world back in conversation about nuclear weapons. So for this week's News Bite, we invite you and your students to join that conversation. Students will explore a variety of media to learn more and discuss the complex issues surrounding nuclear weapons.

Lesson of the Week 7, "Informing the World About Cholera: Analyzing How an Author Compares Outbreaks in Manhattan and Haiti"

Our featured Lesson of the Week is "Informing the World About Cholera: Analyzing How an Author Compares Outbreaks in Manhattan and Haiti" by our brand-new education team member Fareed Mostoufi.

A review on what this weekly email is all about:

Ninety percent of you have told us that you regularly use current events in your classroom. So we'll feature a small "News Bite," which will contain one piece of Pulitzer Center journalism content—an article, photograph, podcast or short film—that relates to something in the news that week, as well as a brief lesson outline and a few guiding questions. We're hoping these News Bites will be an easy way for you to access fresh, topical content. We'll also include an in-depth "Lesson of the Week," written either by a Pulitzer Center staff member or curriculum developer or a member of our Educators' Community, on any subject.

As always, we're eager for your suggestions. Let us know what you think.

Very best,
Mark and Amanda

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