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Teen Kids News (Episode 1018)

23 minutes

(Describer) Against a dark blue background with white scratches and in front of a triangle and a circle, title: Teen Kids News.

Here's what's coming up on Teen Kids News. You can run for fun, but running for a great cause is better. Perhaps no other state combines so much history with so much future. In "Speak of the Week," one very difficult issue facing our future. I'll tell you how you can create your own comic book. Gum stays in your stomach for years. Fact or myth? We'll check out some unhealthy misinformation. In case of an emergency, you need more than bandages at home. I'll tell you what fits in a good first aid kit. At Universal Orlando, we'll test-ride the new Despicable Me attraction. All that and more, next on Teen Kids News.

(Describer) In computer animation, different news scenes in rectangles move fast around a turning globe.

(Describer) Again in front of the background, triangle and circle, title: Teen Kids News. A boy and girl sits at a desk with monitors behind them.

Welcome to Teen Kids News, I'm Mwanzaa. And I'm Livia. Here's this week's top story.

(Describer) The word “top” casts a shadow on a surface. Title: Teen Kids News Top Story.

For some, running is a sport. For others, it's good exercise. Katie reports on teens who are running to help others who are less fortunate.

(Katie) It's not often that a race begins with cheerleaders. Hey, runners, get fired up!

(Describer) Runners are lined up in a field.

Runners, set!

[starter's pistol fires]

(Describer) They start.

(Katie) But this is not your typical race. It's a community fundraising event mainly organized by teens. I'm here to help out at Save the Children. They're a remarkable organization that raises funds to support education, health programs around the world to help children and make them healthier.

(Katie) Every year in Greenwich, Connecticut, members of the teen council of Save the Children put on their running shoes. The teens volunteer and help along the road,

(Describer) Marilyn White:

and they also run the race and help some of the younger children run, and they encourage. And some teens are here cheerleading.

(Katie) The teens volunteer because they appreciate how lucky they are to live in America.

(boy) We've received opportunities that many kids around the world have not received, and I'd be remiss if I were to squander that opportunity to help others achieve the same potential and get those same opportunities.

(girl) I'm supporting Save the Children in its mini marathon. It's a great cause, and I love doing it.

(Describer) People run along a waterfront.

(Katie) The course is a two-and-a-half-mile run through a local park. The event is open to people of all ages.

(Describer) A little boy and girl run with teenagers, while others walk across the field.

And it's okay if you walk. What's important is supporting a good cause. Save the Children helps kids in many different ways, providing food, shelter, medicine, and a brighter future. We train health workers for a low cost,

(Describer) Jason Chmura:

and they're able to help kids around the world due to the training that Save the Children provides.

(Describer) Some runners finish through a balloon arch.

(Katie) While crossing the finish line earns each runner a medal, the true prize is knowing you helped others. It was good. I had fun. It was tiring, though.

(Describer) Three runners pose for a photo. Katie:

Let's not forget that there were other winners-- the teen organizers, who worked hard to make the fundraiser a runaway success. There's lots ahead, so stay with us. We'll be right back.

(Describer) Mwanzaa and Livia chat. Title: Coming up – Health Myths. Mwanzaa:

Wisdom is handed down from generation to generation. But sometimes so is misinformation. Eden has the facts about some advice we all grew up with. How many times have you heard, "Don't go outside with your hair wet. You'll catch a cold." Is that true?

(Describer) Outside...

Yeah, I think it's true. Yes. Why? Because your hair's wet, and, I mean, it's cold outside. Yes. Why? I've done that before and got a cold. Yeah, my hair froze once when I was coming back from swim practice.

(Eden) If you go outside with wet hair, you're inviting a bad hair day, but you're not inviting a cold. Scientists in England found that warning doesn't hold water. That's one health myth checked out by Here are some others. Gum stays in your stomach for seven years. Do you believe that one? Yes. Why? 'Cause it's sticky. No, I think you digest it.

(Eden) File this one under "myth." Experts say your digestive system does dissolve gum, though it might take a few days. But don't make a habit of swallowing it. Eat an apple instead. After all, an apple a day keeps... the doctor away.

(Eden) And not just apples. Many fruits are better for us than candy and cookies. And the healthier you are, the less you'll need to see the doctor. This one is true, as long as you don't overdo it. Want a good night's sleep? Warm milk will help. It contains a substance called tryptophan, which can make you drowsy. However, experts say you'll have to drink gallons for it to work.

(Describer) Jugs of milk spread apart.

What does help is a nightly routine that lets your brain and body know it's bedtime. Milk can be part of that, but remember to turn off the computer or TV at least an hour before turning in. Okay, one more. To get rid of hiccups, have someone startle you. Walk up behind them and just, "Boo." Sorry. That has not been proved to be medically effective. Boo. The moral of this story is just because you hear something often doesn't mean it's true. Do a little research and find out the facts.

(Describer) Livia:

Knowing what to do in case of an emergency is important. That's why we're working with the American Red Cross to bring you this series on first aid.

(Describer) In an animation, a finger swipes an icon of blood, then swipes an icon of fire, and swipes a heart with a jagged line across it. It presses one that says “First Aid Tips – American Red Cross”, then one of a checkmark. Title: First Aid Kit.

Today, we're talking first aid kits. To walk us through the must-haves is Lipica Shah from the American Red Cross. So, where do we begin? Every home needs to have one portable first aid kit, and it should be easily accessible to everybody, and everybody should know what that place is. Kits can come ready-made, containing lots of items, or you can customize one yourself. But every kit needs to have a few basic items, like a first aid guide. This is your one-stop shop for every skill, every injury, every illness. You don't have to worry about what to do. It's all in the guide. You should also have bandages of various sizes...

(Describer) She slides them into a section of a kit.

and some antiseptic wipes, or alcohol wipes, to clean a wound. You should also have some gauze. Gauze comes in different sizes, so you decide what you might need for your own needs.

(Describer) It and the wipes comes in packets.

Then you need a compress, something that you can break to make something cool.

(Describer) She opens a pocket of the kit and puts that in.

A pair of scissors to cut tape, if necessary. A CPR breathing barrier or face shield is good to have, especially if you have CPR training. Then it's always on you. What would you use that for? If you ever have to give mouth-to-mouth care to somebody, it's a good way to prevent disease transmission. And gloves are a wonderful tool to prevent disease transmission, especially if you're dealing with a bleeding wound. You protect yourself and the other person. At least one pair of gloves in your kit.

(Describer) Plastic.

Every kit must also have emergency phone numbers, written down so you don't have to think about them in an emergency. This card includes a section for medications that you might be taking. Be sure that your personal medications, anything you might need, are in the kit also. If everything's in one place, then you're not searching for items that you might need if an emergency does occur.

(Alexa) And the Red Cross has an app that gives first aid information. It's free and works on smartphones. Here's one more tip. Check your kit a couple of times a year. Many of the items lose their effectiveness over time and will need to be replaced. So check those expiration dates. For TKN, I'm Alexa.

(Describer) Magdalene:

Most of us rely on maps or GPS to navigate. Humpbacked whales have an internal navigation system, and scientists say it's amazing. Whales were tagged and tracked as they traveled to and from feeding areas. Despite ocean currents, wind, and waves, they can do a thousand-mile trip in almost a perfectly straight line. Try that on an interstate. On second thought, don't.

(Describer) Titles: Teen Kids News. Coming up, Flag Facts.

(Describer) Livia:

Let's get your opinion in "Speak of the Week."

(Describer) In computer animation, a figure has a tv for a head. On the tv, title: Speak of the Week.

(Describer) Diyu:

Japan is still dealing with the aftermath of the terrible accident at their nuclear reactor plant. That raises this question: Should the U.S. still use nuclear power?

(Describer) Outside...

I don't think we should, because what happened in Japan was really unexpected. So if we continue using nuclear power, we never know what could happen.

(Diyu) After the reactor meltdown in Japan, should the U.S. still use nuclear power? No, because nuclear power can be dangerous, and if you use nuclear power, there is the chance that reactors can melt down, and there can be long-lasting effects from radiation afterwards. So, nuclear power isn't a good idea. I don't think so. After a meltdown like that, you shouldn't take more chances. I don't know. I think that we do need a large power source. Do I think it's safe? Not really, but I guess it's what's needed for what we need right now as a country. There are more alternative energy resources out there, but it's also an issue of lack of funds and lack of space. Nuclear power has benefits, but it's also detrimental to the environment. We should continue to wean ourself off of that source and consider environmentally friendly sources.

(Describer) Diyu:

There's no easy answer. Drilling for oil can result in environmental disasters like the one recently in the Gulf of Mexico. And burning coal can add pollution to our air. While no one can guarantee that nuclear power plants can be completely safe, most experts agree plants can be designed to be safer than they are today.

(Describer) Mwanzaa:

We see them all the time, but few look closely. Here's this week's "Flag Facts."

(Describer) Different flags flash by, with various colors and seals. A couple dozen are shown together, then appear in the word “flag”. Title: Flag Facts. It’s on a flag.

(boy) It's home to the oldest European settlement in North America, St. Augustine. It's where our rockets boldly launch into the final frontier. If you prefer to boldly go closer to Earth, it's the nation's top destination for amusement parks. Florida. Florida. Florida.

(boy) Like many state flags, Florida features the state seal. It used to be over a white background, but around 1900, the governor had the red cross added.

(Describer) It’s like an X.

He thought the mostly white flag suggested surrender.

(Describer) Brandon:

Florida's flag honors the original residents, the Seminole Indians. It also celebrates the abundant sunshine, shoreline, and greenery. Not pictured here is the Spanish influence on the state.

(Describer) Randy Howe:

Everyone knows that Christopher Columbus came to the New World with the support of Queen Isabella and the Spanish, but few know that Ponce de Leon came with him in 1493. He returned 20 years later in search of the Fountain of Youth.

(Brandon) He didn't find the Fountain of Youth, but he gave the colony its name--La Florida-- in honor of Spain's "Feast of the Flowers." Here's the story behind another famous name. A sports drink was invented at the University of Florida and named for the school's athletes, the Gators. That's why it's called Gatorade. With "Flag Facts," I'm Brandon.

(Describer) Cristina:

It happens to the best of us. You reach for the remote to change the channel, and it's gone. Someone has studied where remotes wind up. The most likely place is under sofa cushions. Other common locations are the bathroom, in a dresser, and even in the refrigerator. If you're leaving the remote in the fridge, it's time to turn off the TV.

(Describer) A viewer email says, “Teen Kids News is awesome! My son and I watch together. He looks forward to Saturday mornings now for something besides football! Thanks TKN!” Signed Jennifer. Title: Coming up, A Place to Remember. Mwanzaa:

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most visited sites in Washington, D.C., but it's also one of the most controversial. Lauren tells us more.

(Lauren) The Vietnam Memorial was built to honor the American lives lost during the Vietnam War. The war lasted from 1959 to 1975. It was the longest and most unpopular military conflict in U.S. history. Troops fought to prevent the northern Communists from taking over the South Vietnamese government. Millions of civilians were killed, as well as over 58,000 American soldiers. Like the war itself, the memorial caused controversy. It was designed by Maya Lin, a young architecture student from Yale University. Her drawings were selected out of a thousand others in a national design competition.

(man) Maya Lin's design was very controversial because at that time, there really wasn't anything similar to it at all.

(Describer) Bill Line:

Americans were typically thinking of a statue of a human being that would show Vietnam veterans at war.

(Line) Instead, you had "The Wall," as it's commonly referred to, with the names on it.

(Lauren) The long black wall slopes down and then upward. The names are engraved in chronological order according to the date when the soldiers died.

(Line) As you slowly walk down the walkways that are adjacent to the two walls, you are all of a sudden consumed by the enormity of those names and that all of these people-- Americans-- died during the Vietnam War.

(Lauren) But some people found The Wall too grim and abstract. So, over the years, two more traditional touches were added.

(Describer) A sculpture:

The first addition is called The Three Servicemen.

(Line) It depicts a typical combat scene in which American G.I.s would have been involved in. Later, another sculpture was added.

(Line) The other part of it is the Women's Memorial, which depicts the contribution that women made during the Vietnam War in terms of medics, in terms of nurses, in terms of helping the G.I. on the front line in Vietnam.

(Lauren) Walking along the memorial can be emotional, especially for those who lost someone in this war. People come to find names of loved ones. Some make a tracing. We came to find my dad's friend. They lived in the same neighborhood. Thomas Protack.

(Lauren) What did you do?

(girl) I rubbed it with a pencil and paper.

(Lauren) Many leave behind flowers, photos, army items, or American flags.

(Line) If the American flag is folded and left with a note in remembrance of any particular G.I., that American flag will also be cataloged and saved in the Vietnam collection, the same way as a helmet or army boots would be collected.

(Lauren) What did you think of the memorial? I think it's a good thing to sort of have for all the veterans that died... and to remember them and thank them. Now there's another version of the Vietnam Memorial wall, one you don't have to travel to see. It's virtual. You can find individual information on any of the 58,526 soldiers online. Visitors can even share their stories by posting comments or pictures. The actual wall may be controversial, but it has left many in tears and will continue to do so. It was great. It was awesome. At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., for Teen Kids News, I'm Lauren.

(Describer) By a harbor...

From Baltimore, a special thank you to our men and women serving in our military.

(Describer) Titles: Teen Kids News. Coming up, Test Ride.

(Describer) Mwanzaa:

There's no end to the amazing ways to spend time online. Just click this.

(Describer) Beside a hand moving a mouse, title: Click This.

(Describer) Harry:

In comic books, superheroes battle evil to save the world. And if you've ever wanted to help, here's your chance, thanks to On the home page, scroll down to "extras." Click on "Create Your Own Comic." The site gives you everything you need. First, pick your page layout. Then choose your superheroes and villains. You can create sound effects, add backgrounds, and even write dialogue. You can print your finished comic or e-mail it to friends. For comic book fans, I can sum up this site in one word: Marvel-ous! With "Click This," I'm Harry.

(Describer) Livia:

There are many villains you love to hate, but there's only one villain you love to love. As Nicole reports, he wants your help.

(Describer) A globe turns in a fountain.

(Nicole) At Universal Orlando Resort, one of the newest attractions is Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, based on the popular animated movie. On this ride, what exactly does the visitor experience?

(Describer) Mike West:

Guests get to go into the world of Gru, which we're excited about, and they're loving it. But we've re-created a dimensional environment where you can enter with Gru, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, and the fabulous Minions. What's a Minion? It's like a little yellow thing that helps Gru with his lab and stuff.

(West) The best part is, we take our guests and transform you into Minions. I want to be one.

(Describer) West:

Gru wants to create a new event, and you're here to help. The girls take you through the training.

(girl on P.A.) You're now in the Minion training grounds.

(Describer) The view goes down an animated slide following minions, leaping to the next track that does upside-down in a spiral.


This is where we test your strength, speed, and ability to not die.

(West) It's a wild experience, but it's an entire family experience.

(Describer) The audience’s seats move as they follow the view on a screen.

(girl on screen) Look out, Minions! Don't get fly-swatted!

(Describer) Afterward...

It was awesome. I loved it. I love the Minions. They're my favorite. How was it? Awesome. I loved it. It's not over when the ride ends.

(Describer) West:

You experience a Minion dance party. Everybody celebrates. You're dancing with the Minions, Gru. Would you recommend this attraction to someone coming to Universal Orlando? Definitely. It's for all ages. Kids and adults would love it. It's not scary. It's fun and funny.


You, too, can join Gru. Become a Minion!

(Describer) West puts on glasses with minion eyes on them.

This is a good look. You have to try it, right? Everyone.

(Describer) Nicole puts some on.

Dats-speaka! If you loved the movie Despicable Me, you'll love this attraction. It has both heart and humor. At Universal Orlando for TKN, I'm Nicole.

[dance music plays]

(Describer) She dances in the Minion Dance Party, with some Minions and kids.

(Describer) Mwanzaa and Livia smile.

That's our program for this week. Thanks for joining us. Of course, Teen Kids News will be back next week. We'll see you then.

(Describer) As lights go down, they chat with each other. Titles: Director: Alan J Weiss. Senior Writer: Deborah Gobble. Senior Editors: David Lauterbach, Rick Lavon. Producers: Tania Wilk, Marilou Yacoub. Original Theme Music: Michael Karp. Executive Producers: Albert T. Primo, Alan J. Weiss. Copyright Eyewitness Kids News LLC, 2013, all rights reserved. Funding to purchase and make this educational program accessible was provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Contact the Department of Education by telephone at 1-800-USA-LEARN, or online at

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(girl) Write to us at Here's a shout-out to PR Newswire for including Teen Kids News on their big screen in Times Square, New York City.

(Describer) Title: Alan J. Weiss Productions

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In the top story, Katie speaks with a group of teens who are raising money for Save the Children. Save the Children is an organization that helps kids around the world by providing food, shelter, medicine, and a brighter future. Eden debunks some common health advice. She gets the facts on: going outside with wet hair, how long gum stays in your stomach, whether or not milk actually helps people sleep, and if scaring someone is an effective cure for hiccups. Magdalene reports on the internal navigation of humpbacked whales. Scientists have found that humpbacked whales can do a thousand-mile trip in almost a perfectly straight line. Other segments include the history behind Florida's state flag and the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Part of the "Teen Kids News" series.

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