August 22, 2016: Inside Trump’s World. Mentoring to End Poverty. Education Conundrum: Opting Out. American Humane Association.

August 23, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, just this past weekend, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed that he would help Black Americans and Hispanic Americans in ways that Democrats, he alleges, have not done in the past. Although he is trailing in support among minority voters, and his previous statements regarding race have come across as inflammatory to many members of his party, many Americans still think he is exactly what the country needs. But what do we know about those who are supporting him? Author Alexander Zaitchik hit the trail to find the base of Trump’s supporters, traveling through six primary states all while conducting biographical interviews. The result is his book, The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump’s America, which documents the everyday Americans who see Trump as a savvy patriotic businessman and tough talking savior.

Next, can something as simple as mentoring a child help them overcome poverty and change their life? Well, that’s what National CARES Mentoring Movement believes. Since 2005, the National CARES Mentoring Movement has recruited, trained and connected more than 140,000 caring mentors with more than 200,000 children in schools and local youth-serving programs in 58 cities. As part of our ongoing reporting initiative Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, Susan L. Taylor, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine and founder of National CARES Mentoring Movement, stops by to discuss how the program is allowing under-served children the opportunity to realize their dreams.

Then, it is one of the most controversial teaching methods in education today: common core. As part of our continuing series American Graduate, a project to help local communities find ways to keep students on the path to graduation, we look at common core and the growing movement to opt out of testing. Since the initial pilot phase in 2011, the common core standards have resulted in great frustration, and have drawn much criticism throughout the state. But some New York education officials still stick by them. Pass or fail, we look at the education conundrum.

And finally, they say dogs are a man’s best friend, but for almost 140 years, the American Humane Association has been the best friend of dogs and other animals around the world. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the American Humane Association’s animal rescue efforts, and its history of working with our nation’s military and first responders. Many of the animals helped by the American Humane Association go on to serve and protect the military servicemen and women who protect us, and it is their hope to soon increase the number of certified service dogs working with our nation’s veterans. Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association, joins us with her special friend Axel, a service dog, to discuss the organization’s history of animal rescue.

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