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(CNN Student News) -- December 17, 2009

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What do you think might be the potential benefits and drawbacks of trying to tell a story without using a reporter's voice?

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President's Letter

What is the purpose of the "six party talks" with North Korea?

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In your opinion, what is the potential significance of a letter written by President Barack Obama to North Korea's Kim Jong Il?

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How do you think that North Korea's leader will respond to President Obama's letter, if at all?

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British Airways Strike

Why has a labor union representing British Airways' cabin crews voted to strike over the holidays?

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What action has British Airways taken in an attempt to stop the strike?

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What impact do you think that a strike over the holidays might have on British Airways' passengers, workers and the corporation itself?

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Economic News

What does AAA say is the reason for an expected boost in holiday travel this year? Do you think that this is true for families where you live? Why or why not?

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Why did the Federal Reserve keep a key interest rate at almost zero percent? Why do you think that some economists believe that having low interest rates might help the economy?

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Person of the Year

Who was selected by TIME magazine as its "Person of the Year"? According to the program, why did TIME select this person?

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Who would you select as your "Person of the Year," and why?

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Students in Recession

When did the current U.S. recession begin?

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What do the students featured in the segment say about the impact of the current economic crisis on their career plans? What advice do these students give regarding making decisions during tough economic times?

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Has the U.S. recession affected decisions about your future in any way? Explain.

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Empty Bowls, Full Bellies

What is the "Empty Bowls" fundraiser? What do you think is symbolized by these empty bowls?

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What are some ways that you can think of to help those in need during the holiday season and throughout the year?

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