Week of March 28 on Native America Calling

Monday, March 28, 2016 – Children and parents coping with hearing impairment
As many as 5 out of every 1,000 children have some type of hearing loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Causes range from genetics to infections, and the consequences can last a lifetime. Parents new to the issue face a daunting list of options and treatments. In Native America, do families have all they need to raise a child that is hearing impaired?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – Why I don’t vote
Election season seems to be never-ending these days. And it’s hard to escape people telling you–on social media, TV and even in person–how important it is to cast your vote. If it’s so important, why does nearly half of the voting-age public in the U.S. stay home on some election days?  Do you make the decision to not vote? One of our guests says voting is a product of colonialism. How important is voting (or not voting) to you?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – Know Your Party: third parties
Two political parties dominate the U.S. electoral system. Ever since the party system emerged in the 1800s, presidential elections have gone to either Democrats or Republicans. In the final installment of our series on political parties, we take a look at the role third parties play. The main alternatives to the top two are the Green Party, the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party. Can Native voters find what they are looking for in a third party?

Thursday, March 31, 2016 – Songs for baby
Music is a major part of our Native communities and culture. Singing songs to our little ones provides a vital connection to language and culture. We take time to discuss the importance of singing to babies and children. What were you taught growing up about sharing songs with young ones? Do you have memories of your parents and loved ones sing to you?

Friday, April 1, 2016 – There is an app for that!
Smart phones have radically transformed our lives. Information is at our fingertips whenever we want, as long as we have a signal. Applications, or apps, give us convenient answers to questions like “where am I going” and even, “what should I do right now so I’m not bored.” We’ll take a look at a number of apps specifically designed to make Indigenous lives better. How about a dating app that matches you with your perfect blood quantum soul mate? Or what about an app that gives you the exact distance to the nearest Indian taco?

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