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Exam: A Teachable Moment Pt. 1, Columbia's Science Cafe brings research to the community

  This week, we are beginning a series that profiles how issues raised by events in Ferguson intersect with what's happening in area classrooms.


As the months have passed since protests erupted following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, some educators are beginning to weave Ferguson into their lesson plans.


In St. Louis, that often means talking about race in a region with deep racial and socio-economic divides. St. Louis Public Radio's Tim Lloyd reports on how some educators have been eager to use events in Ferguson as a touchstone to talk about lingering issues of race and class, while others have found those conversations uneasy at times.       


With three universities in town, Columbia is not lacking opportunities for students to learn about science. Now University of Missouri professors are leaving the lecture hall for the dinner table as a way to educate the community through Columbia’s Science Cafe.


Hope Kirwan left KBIA in September 2015.
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