Sam Evans-Brown http://publicradioeast.org en Common Core Standards Could Knock As, Bs And Cs Off Report Cards http://publicradioeast.org/post/common-core-standards-could-knock-bs-and-cs-report-cards Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Most of today's students and their parents are used to report cards based on the letters A through F. But a new grading system is taking root in schools across the country. It's called standards-based grading. The point is to give parents more information, as New Hampshire Public Radio's Sam Evans-Brown reports.<p>SAM EVANS-BROWN, BYLINE: Here's what we know about grades in America: A is good, F is bad. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 29441 at http://publicradioeast.org Energy Start-Up Banks On Compressed Air Over Batteries http://publicradioeast.org/post/energy-start-banks-compressed-air-over-batteries Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Many states want to increase the amount of electricity that comes from wind and solar energy. One challenge is that renewables are not reliable. The wind doesn't always blow, the sun doesn't always shine. So companies are now trying to develop better ways to store energy.<p>New Hampshire Public Radio's Sam Evans-Brown reports on a company that is working on a storage system that uses compressed air.<p>SAM EVANS-BROWN, BYLINE: It's pretty easy to see how energy stored as compressed air works. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 8397 at http://publicradioeast.org Instead Of Surgery, Man Pedals Off The Pounds http://publicradioeast.org/post/instead-surgery-man-pedals-pounds A lot of Americans are struggling to lose a whole lot of weight, and they try all kinds of crazy things.<p><a href="http://ernestgagnon.blogspot.com/">Ernest Gagnon</a> — a man from Billerica, Mass. — decided to shed pounds by getting into the often intense, high-adrenaline sport of cyclocross: racing road bikes on obstacle courses.<p>Two years ago, Gagnon tipped the scales at 570 pounds. He was depressed and embarrassed to leave the house.<p>"Being as big as I was, I really felt like I didn't belong anywhere," Gagnon says. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:27:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 3260 at http://publicradioeast.org Instead Of Surgery, Man Pedals Off The Pounds Some Schools Actually Want Students To Play With Their Smartphones In Class http://publicradioeast.org/post/some-schools-actually-want-students-play-their-smartphones-class If there is one thing that the mobile-computing era has made clear, it's that kids love touch screens. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 21:31:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 2867 at http://publicradioeast.org Some Schools Actually Want Students To Play With Their Smartphones In Class