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The Fiddler who Charmed Missouri

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A young musician and actor discovers that his great, great grandfather was Bill Driver, a celebrated fiddler in Missouri.

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Schools give low-income students a chance to travel abroad

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Some in education think providing travel opportunities can reduce the gap in how well some groups of students perform in school.

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Child kidnappings that captured our attention

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They don't happen often, but when they do, child abductions by strangers can capture Americans' attention like few other crimes. A look at notorious kidnappings over the past century and a half shows how attitudes have changed.

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Episode 6: Stranger Danger

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In the 1970s and early '80s, missing children weren't considered a policing priority. You couldn't even enter missing child information into the FBI's national crime database. But that changed quickly.

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Sex-offender registries: How the Wetterling abduction changed the country

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The number of people on the nation's sex-offender registries has exploded to hundreds of thousands. But researchers question the registries' effectiveness, note their inconsistencies and suggest they might be doing more harm than good. Even Patty Wetterling has changed her views.

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Tracking Down a Slave's Bill of Sale

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Members of an extended Tennessee family talk about their great, great grandfather, a slave owned by his white, biological father.

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What a flipped classroom looks like

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In a flipped classroom, students watch or listen to lectures on their own, then spend class time working on projects.

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Episode 5: Person of Interest

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Dan Rassier now wishes he'd insisted that police search his family's St. Joseph farm top to bottom the night Jacob Wetterling was abducted. That way, they would have known there was nothing to find. And it would have been harder for them to come back 21 years later to search with backhoes and declare him a "person of interest" in the case.

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In a trap: What it means to be a 'person of interest'

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The police twice used the label "person of interest" in the Wetterling case. It's an imprecise term that stops short of calling someone a suspect but can leave a person in a long-term limbo.

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John Sanner

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He turned the focus of the Wetterling investigation to Dan Rassier, only to have one of the first suspects in the case, Danny Heinrich, confess.

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Kevin

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Years after the abduction, when he finally told the police of his actions that night, investigators took a different tack.

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The questionable science of tire track and shoe print analysis

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They can rule out a suspect, but shoe prints and tire tracks in the dirt lack solid standards for use as forensic evidence.

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What did Dan Rassier say when he called 911 the night of the abduction? We don't know

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APM Reports tried to get a transcript of Dan Rassier's 911 call. First the Sheriff's Office said no; then it said it didn't have it.

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The Spirit of the Million Man March

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The Million Man March of 1995 is recreated through the conversation between a young woman and her father, who attended it.

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A new study finds school readiness gaps have declined over the past decade

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What does it look like to be ready for school?

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