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Focus On Europe : Environmental Scandal In Austria

Norway: Unwelcome Extremist - In Norway, an Iraqi Islamist is keeping the entire country on tenterhooks. The man, who calls himself Mullah Krekar, was granted asylum in Norway in 1991, but in the meantime has been held responsible for terrorist attacks by an Islamist group in northern Iraq. Now he's about to be confined to a small village in northern Norway. Krekar has been facing deportation for 10 years because he is seen as a danger to Norwegian national security, but according to international law he cannot be sent to Iraq because he would be subject to torture and possibly the death penalty there. The Norwegian government is sending him to the isolated village of Kyrksaeteroera, on a fjord southwest of Trondheim, where he will remain until a deportation order can be enforced. But the village residents - neither the Norwegians, nor the 200 well-integrated asylum seekers already there -- are enthusiastic. Austria: Toxins in the Gortschitz Valley - It's an environmental scandal in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia. A cement factory is said to have burned waste there for years, probably releasing highly toxic hexachlorobenzene - a carcinogenic substance that can damage DNA. The entire Gortschitz Valley is highly contaminated. Bucolic tranquility in the Gortschitz Valley is a thing of the past. Contaminated milk and animal feed have had to be destroyed, and hundreds of cows and sheep slaughtered. The damage to farmers is enormous. The scandal reaches as far as the state capital, Klagenfurt, where the toxin has been identified in the blood of school children whose milk is delivered straight from the Gortschitz Valley. Republic of Moldova: Escape Route to the West - More and more Ukrainians are fleeing to Moldova, and causing the country increasing problems, both material and otherwise. In addition to refugees from Ukrainian war zones, young men seeking to avoid military conscription are arriving. Faced with the conflicts in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev has reintroduced conscription. But the protests against the mandatory call-up are growing, and some conscientious objectors have been going to the neighboring Republic of Moldova, which is one of Europe's poorest countries. Its pro-Russian and pro-western populations are deeply divided. Parliamentary elections late last year failed to bring stability. Britain/London - Trafalgar Square - "Europe's Squares Series" - No other European country keeps as close a watch on its citizens as the UK. For years, the government has been broadening its powers of surveillance in the name of security. In other nations, its laws would long since have been considered breaches of privacy. Now opposition has also been growing in Britain. Nowadays, British intelligence services have access to citizens' communications data, whether telephone calls, emails, Facebook messages or other forms of communication. Where video surveillance on the streets is concerned, surveillance has a long tradition here. Since 1926, an unassuming structure that was once billed as the world's smallest police station has stood at the corner of London's Trafalgar Square - a traditional rallying point for demonstrators. For a time in the twentieth century, it even had a direct phone line to Scotland Yard. Belgium: Allotments for Cannabis Smokers - Cannabis is by far the most frequently consumed illegal drug in Europe, although producing it privately is illegal in the EU. Even in liberal Amsterdam, consumption of cannabis is only tolerated. Right outside the gates of the European Union, in Belgium, another loophole has opened up. Cannabis Social Clubs (CSC) are being founded, organizations that are a bit like allotment associations for adult cannabis smokers. Plants are grown and harvested in strictly secret locations. Every club member gets one of the plants from a harvest, and pays an annual fee for it. Cancer patient Omer Scheire has long been a member of a CSC. He says cannabis is the only thing that relieves his pain.

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Space Racers

Animation 1: A Tight Squeeze - Story: As Stardust Bay prepares to launch a Time Capsule into space, the students and teachers pick out their favorite items to include in the capsule's 25-year journey. Vulture's beloved Limburger cheese-flavored fuel bars, Starling's favorite "My Lunar Pony" TV episodes, and of some of Eagle's coveted unusual rock collection are just a few of the capsule's contents. Nostalgic to relive an old school tradition, the teachers and Vulture squeeze themselves into the crowded capsule, just for fun... when Dodo accidentally locks them all inside and triggers the capsule's take-off sequence! The Space Racers must work against the clock to try and free the trapped Academy staff from the capsule, before they're lost in space for 25 years. Curriculum Focus: Experimentation - form hypotheses and make predictions while collaborating with a team and then sharing what one has learned. Interstitial 1: "Goddard 4: Time Capsule Interview". Animation 2: AVA Retires - Story: The Space Racers are exploring the Northern and Southern Lights, which are created through solar storms hitting the magnetic field of the Earth. But when AVA is unable to answer a simple technical question from the cadets ("Why there are more solar storms during the spring and fall?"), she shuts herself down to run a full self-diagnostic - leaving the Racers stranded without her guidance. In fact, without AVA all communications at Stardust Bay are also down. When she finally comes back online, Crane explains that we still don't know why there are more solar storms in spring and fall; it's not AVA's fault that she doesn't know. Will she accept this and go back online to guide the Racers home before they run out of fuel? Curriculum Focus: Exploration and Investigation - We obtain information and learn about the world through exploring objects and investigating how things work. Interstitial 2: "Space Quiz 10: Aurora Australis". Character Bio: Robyn.

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Closing The Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay

Half a century after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, women in both high-paying, high-growth STEM careers and those in part-time, low-wage jobs still only make, on average, 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In that time span, the current wage gap improved at a rate of less than half a cent per year; if it continues at that pace, the wage gap will not close completely until 2053. Month to month, women - primary or co-breadwinners in six out of every 10 American families - face greater financial burdens in meeting living costs such as food, housing, transportation, health care and child care. The wage gap also limits their options to afford education. And across the span of a lifetime, women face less financial stability heading into retirement, with fewer pensions and lower Social Security payments to sustain them. In front of a live studio audience, CLOSING THE GAP: 50 YEARS SEEKING EQUAL PAY scrutinizes hotly debated statistics and moves beyond highly politicized and over-simplified talking points to explore the factors contributing to the wage gap and strategize on ways to attain equal pay. CNBC's Sharon Epperson serves as the program host, with guests including the namesake of the 2009 Fair Pay Act, Lilly Ledbetter; National Organization for Women (NOW) President Terry O'Neill, American Association of University Women (AAUW) Executive Director and CEO Linda Hallman, Ms. Foundation for Women CEO Teresa Younger and YWCA-USA CEO Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron. CLOSING THE GAP offers advice for overcoming wage secrecy policies in the workplace and researching fair salaries for jobs; considers pathways to improved public policies; arms women with the information and skills they need to earn fair pay at all points on the career continuum; and provides tips on achieving a financially secure retirement.

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