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nation's past on american history tv. sundays, but tv brings the latest in nonfiction books and authors, television for serious readers. learn, discover, explore. weekends on c-span2. ♪♪ >> sunday c-span series january 6, views from the house continues. two more members of congress share stories of what they saw, heard and experienced that day including pennsylvania democrat susan who recounts what happened during early moments on the house for. >> i don't remember how long we were in that situation between the time they barricaded the door and by the time got out. he told me it was somewhere like 20 minutes. it could happen two hours, it could happen five minutes that i had no sense of time whatsoever but i remember when i got off the phone with my kids i felt as though my heart was pounding out
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of my chest. i was very worried i was having a heart attack. i've never had a heart attack but i -- my father had a heart attack, we have a family history so i was worried about, i was very worried about that. i must have put my hand up to my chest because the photograph of me taken shows me lowering line on my back with my head on my chest. i don't remember lying on my back but i remember jason taking my hand comforting me and telling me i was going to be okay and being a little perplexed that he was reassuring me because i didn't realize i was showing how upset i was. >> this week you will hear from massachusetts democrat jim mcgovern. january 6, views from the house, sunday 10:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, for this and all the c-span radio app.
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walking from washington d.c. to new york city, former "wall street journal" reporter yoking reflects on his nearly 300-mile journey. >> year later with all that happened, all of the things shut in, all of those things walking behind fast, long covid winter, the event we saw play out january 6 at the capitol, which i live nearby, there's a lot of bad blood in the air overall made go out, i think it was the fifth day of spring seeing it unfold and look up close and meeting people along the way trying to understand where we were as a country. >> yoking on his 300-mile journey walking from washington
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d.c., new york city sunday 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span sku and i. you can find q&a issues wherever you get your podcast. >> there watching book tv on c-span2. if you are of a certain age, you would have one of these on your shelf, a dictionary and he probably looked upwards and brought your life but if you are a little younger, chances are you've done it digitally. french is. trying to change, the founder something called the dictionary project. what are you trying to do? >> we want everyone to have a dictionary benefits of earning their in the third grade so they can into the habit of looking up words and spell them correctly
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their meaning and there are multiple meanings to work. >> what is the importance to you getting into a book rather than typing it into your phone? >> dictionary tools for learning, i have been doing this for 25 years you for, the technology being used today, dictionary whether it comes from, it's what holds us together society it is our world and how we communicate. you have to be able to use different tools to access information, then the young age, primarily the age dictionaries for children in school are more apt to learn from a book
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computer and electronic device. it's more accessible to them wherever they go. plus they own it. it benefits them in different ways. there's a lot of information. >> what is the importance of th> third grade in this case? >> when i started, i was, i tried second and fourth grade, i tried everything. i even tried dictionaries, i really found third race was the optimal age because they are learning toec read and then reading to learn. if you can encourage children and give them tool, they have such an advantage in terms of expanding their education helps draft their school career.
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>> where did the idea from the dictionary project come from? >> this idea, a woman who dropped out of school in the tenth grade and he understood the limits of her ability to earn money and understand the world around her and what people were saying because she dropped out of school. ... the martin luther king exit off of 95 she thought the children were not bringing books back and forth to school and asked them why and they said because they were not allowed to take the books home from school so she brought everybody a diction and tell them to use it to help them because they want life opportunities to be i guess --
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because they didn't have a large vocabulary. so she used her own money from cleaning houses. i matter and i thought it was the way she cleaned her house. she died in 2000, so mary has had i a huge impact on people ad it was a great idea to make sure everybody had a dictionary. >> host: since 1995 when you founded the dictionary project along with arnold french how many have gone out? hadi get them out there?
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>> guest: this project started out with writing grants and i spoke to different people -- different organizations about this idea because they were intrigued with the idea dictionaries and of course and of course letters he is so important and everyone is always trying to keep people learning new words and basically from becoming illiterate and schools. so they took it on as a letters a project. most organizations like rotary tawana senn lions have to have a literacy program every year that they implemented this was an easy program to do and really you get the best bang for your buck. you can have a long term impact.
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most of these people have been doing this for 25 years so they have gone through college already and receive dictionaries and people see if they are still using dictionaries or people think that they are worthwhile, those children say they still have their dictionary and they know where it is. not 100% of them but when i asked, they appreciate the gift so for two or $3 it had an amazing impact on them and on their lives. post here you have several different versions of the dictionary. the front page of every one has this. this dictionary belongs to and you can write your name right in there. why are there a different versions? goes green is one i have here, the students dictionary, dictionaryny and thesaurus.
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the students dictionary and animal gazetteer. why so many different versions? >> guest: we wanted to have options for people. when i first started this and i was writing i was handing out a book that i found that the store and a lot of the teachers didn't like it because it didn't have the words that they were looking for and sometimes it had sample sentences than they thought the simple sentences were too violent so we started looking at other options for dictionaries and i asked merriam-webster to create the program. and i created my own set the go green dictionary. we like to repurpose things and
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the animal gazetteer is my favorite because i believe we need to do more to protect animals in our world and so i created that book to help children understand animals and there are a lot of numbers and that vote. that was created by some students who were available and they think they were only 14 and 16 and their buyer wanted them to have a summer job so i have them come in without love. close to one in the book -- one of the things in the animal gaze at tier you have the population and some of the stats about the state but at the bottom its zoo locations and the children's zoo is listed there at the top. can anyone contribute to the dictionarych


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