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Since its inception nearly a decade ago in Silicon Valley, Rocketship has been among the most nationally applauded charter networks, hailed as an innovative model of blended learning.

Founder John Danner, who made a fortune in Internet advertising, originally envisioned enrolling 1 million students by 2020, relying on the strength of three pillars — "personalized learning" with software, excellent teachers and parent involvement — to raise the achievement of underserved students.

The future of the Bank of England's governor

Jun 24, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a drop in the value of the British pound following the recent Brexit vote; David Cameron's decision to step down as prime minister; and whether the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, will remain in his position. 

What U.S. leaders have to say about Brexit

Jun 24, 2016
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Greta Hallberg

The final votes were tallied early Friday morning and the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, rattling global markets. Here are the official statements about the news from major U.S. players:

The Federal Reserve:

What you should do when the markets go crazy

Jun 24, 2016
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Kim Adams

Prepare for a lot of red today. Global markets are down in response to the U.K. referendum to leave the European Union. Some traders are saying they haven’t seen volatility like this since 2008, which can be a lesson for individual investors.

When markets go crazy, investors seeing sharp declines in their retirement or other accounts might feel the urge to sell and cut their losses. Jennifer Myers, a financial planner and president of Sagevest Wealth Management in Virginia, warned that people shouldn’t panic.

All the bad news around lead and water has people worried. So we decided to create a step-by-step guide to help find out if the pipe bringing water into your home is made of lead. Get started here.

There's an explosion of interest in friendly bacteria.

Beneficial microorganisms, as we've reported, can help us digest food, make vitamins, and protect us against harmful pathogens.

As this idea gains traction, so too does the popularity of fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi.

Though the science is tricky, researchers are learning more about how this ancient technique for preserving food may also help promote good health.

A look at Brexit's impact on Asia

Jun 24, 2016
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Rob Schmitz

As it became clear overnight that Britain will be leaving the European Union, markets in Asia were the first to react. In Seoul, markets tumbled nearly 4 percent. The stock markets of Hong Kong and Shanghai were down. 

And in Japan, the Nikkei was down 8 percent. Stocks in the country suffered their worst day in five years.

At the start of the day, the yen was trading at 106 to the dollar — that dropped to 99 to the dollar as global investors sought a safe haven for their money, said Gavekal Dragonomics’ Arthur Kroeber.

Some still optimistic in the face of Brexit vote

Jun 24, 2016
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Marketplace staff

The U.K. has decided to leave the European Union, casting uncertainty over immigration, trade and the world's financial markets. "Leave" voters won 52 percent to 48 percent, according to our partners at the BBC. 

But despite the turmoil that global markets and "Remain" voters  are currently facing, some business leaders are still projecting enthusiasm about the region's future. 

Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the latest episode of the Invisibilia podcast and program, which is broadcast on participating public radio stations. This story contains language that some may find offensive.

Brexit vote rattles markets

Jun 24, 2016
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Kim Adams

Global markets are already reacting to the decision by U.K. voters to leave the European Union. The “Leave” voters won by a tiny margin in Thursday’s referendum, edging out those who wished to remain in the political and economic union by just a few percentage points.

That came as a surprise to many, according to Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in London.

“The betting markets had really been banking on a 'remain' vote," he said. "Certainly the direction of travel for equity markets and the pound had pretty much been a one-way bet all of this week.”

Updated 9:42 a.m. ET

Voters in the U.K. have decided to leave the European Union, a decision that has shocked Europe, shaken global markets and pushed Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his upcoming resignation.

The EU referendum vote was decisive — 52 percent to 48 percent in favor of dissolving the United Kingdom's 43-year membership in the European community. But Northern Ireland and Scotland voted in favor of remaining, raising the specter that the United Kingdom itself may break apart.

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Just a week before a Vermont law kicks in requiring labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, U.S. Senate agriculture leaders announced a deal Thursday that takes the power out of states' hands — and sets a mandatory national system for GM disclosures on food products.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, unveiled the plan that had been negotiated for weeks with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan.

The nation's colleges and universities have been on pins and needles waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether race can be a factor in their admissions policies.

And so today's 4-3 ruling upholding the affirmative-action program at the University of Texas at Austin brought a sigh of relief to much of the higher education world.

Iceland smites soccer giants with Thor-powered tweets

Jun 23, 2016
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It all starts with a warning.

And it keeps getting better.

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Clodagh Kilcoyne

The people of the UK vote today on whether to keep their European Union membership. It's a historic vote. But it's not the only big referendum to be held in Britain over the last few years.

In 2014, the people of Scotland had to decide whether to remain part of the UK or to go it alone as an independent country.

In the end, they decided pretty conclusively to remain.

When you think of the sound of Houston, you might think of country and western music. Maybe you've heard of bluesmen like Johnny Copeland and Albert Collins or gospel stars like Yolanda Adams. Or, you know, Beyoncé?

There's a hot pink suitcase on the floor of Shariah Vroman-Nagy's bedroom. The 18-year-old is packing for a trip to Disneyland, one of several she takes with her family every year.

"Let's see, I need a hairbrush," she says, moving past the collection of Mickey Mouse ears on her dresser and glancing at the inspirational quotes from Marilyn Monroe on the wall.

The lyrics to a song called "Smile" hang in a frame over her bed.

When US Secretary of State John Kerry wanted to push his country to take the lead on climate change, it was no accident that he chose to give a speech in Norfolk, Virginia.

Norfolk Naval Station is the biggest naval installation in the world. But, Kerry said last November, “the land it is built on is literally sinking.”

That was just weeks before the big United Nations climate change conference in Paris, and Kerry was framing climate change as a national security issue.

An ancient variety of squash that was all but lost to history is now being rediscovered. Native Americans in the Great Lakes region have cultivated this squash for centuries, and now tribes are sharing the seeds with each other and with small farmers to bring the plant back.

Eighth Day Farm in Holland, Mich., is among those that acquired seeds from this mystery squash. And the farm's Sarah Hofman-Graham says they didn't know what to expect when they planted it last year.

Democrats sit down and take a stand with social media

Jun 23, 2016

With TV cameras rolling, Congressional Democrats staged an unusual sit-in throughout Wednesday night and into Thursday.

They were demanding stricter gun control legislation in the wake of the recent attack in Orlando. Then House Republicans reportedly pulled the plug on the TV cameras.

With the official cameras off, Democrats tried another tactic. They used  their smartphones to stream the sit-in on social media platforms like Periscope and Facebook. It caught a lot of attention as things got testy and heated exchanges erupted.

A powerful tornado, hailstorms and heavy rain hit eastern China's Jiangsu province Thursday, killing at least 78 people, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The news service adds that "nearly 500 people were injured, 200 critically."

A California jury has ruled that the members of Led Zeppelin did not plagiarize the opening bars of their hit "Stairway to Heaven," a seminal song in rock history.

The estate of Randy Wolfe, the deceased guitarist of the band Spirit, had filed the federal copyright infringement lawsuit in 2014. It argued that guitar intro was stolen from the opening notes of Spirit's song "Taurus," – which came out before Stairway. At the time, Wolfe was performing under the pseudonym Randy California.

In the United States, if a hospital didn't have running water even for one day, it'd be a crisis.

But in some parts of the world, that's business as usual.

During his daily bus commute in the bustling Indian city of Hyderabad, there was something that really bothered Narayana Peesapaty.

"Everybody was eating something on their way to work," says Peesapaty, who was working as a sustainable farming researcher for a nonprofit organization at the time. But it wasn't his fellow bus riders' snacking habits that troubled him. It was their plastic cutlery.

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Mike Marsella was a really competitive guy, a champion cross-country runner in high school. He got a running scholarship to college. Then a car hit him while he was riding a moped. He was left in a coma, with brain damage. And when his mind changed, his running changed, too.

Would he ever be Mike Marsella again? And would he ever run a four-minute mile?

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