tv Teen Kids News PBS January 19, 2013 4:00pm-4:30pm PST
>> here's what's coming up on this edition of "teen kids news." >> you can run for fun, but it's even better when you're running for a great cause, as well. >> perhaps no other state combines so much history with so much future. >> in "speak of the week," one of the most difficult issues facing our future. >> did you ever want to create your own comic book? i'll tell you how you can. >> gum stays in your stomach for years -- fact or myth?
we'll check out some unhealthy misinformation. >> in case of an emergency, you need to have more than just some bandages in the house. i'll tell you what should fit in a good first-aid kit. >> at universal orlando, we'll take the new "despicable me" attraction for a test-ride. >> all that and more, next on "teen kids news." >> welcome to "teen kids news." i'm mwanzaa. >> and i'm livia. here's this week's top story. >> for some of us, running is a sport. for others, it's good exercise. but katie reports on some teens who are using running to help others who are less fortunate. >> it's not often that a race begins with cheerleaders. >> all: hey, greenwich, get
fired up! >> runners, set! [ starting pistol fires ] >> but this is not your typical race. it's a community fundraising event. it's organized to a great extent by teens. >> i'm here to help out at save the children, and they're a really remarkable organization. and they raise funds to support different programs -- education, health programs -- all over the world to help children and make them healthier. >> every year in greenwich, connecticut, members of the teen council of save the children put on their running shoes and roll up their sleeves. >> the teens volunteer, and they help along the road, and the teens also run the race. and they help some of the younger children run, as well, and they encourage. and some of the teens are here cheerleading. >> the teens say they volunteer to help out because they appreciate how lucky they are to live in america. >> we've all been given opportunities that a lot of kids around the world have not been, and i think i'd be remiss if i were to sort of squander that opportunity, to not help others achieve the same potential and
get the same opportunities that i've been given. >> i'm here today to support save the children in its mini marathon. it's a great cause, and i love doing it. >> the course is a 2 1/2-mile run through a local park. the event is open to people of all ages. 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 care workers for a very low cost. so these health workers are actually able to help kids around the world for the rest of their lives, due to the training that save the children provides. [ cheers and applause ] >> while crossing the finish line earns each runner a medal, the true prize is knowing you took steps to help others. >> it was good. i had fun. it was tiring, though. [ camera shutter clicks ]
>> and let's not forget that there were other winners, as well -- the teens organizers who worked hard to make the fundraiser a runaway success. >> there's still lots ahead, so stay with us. >> we'll be right back. >> members of the 113th congress are sworn in. many accompanied by family members take the oath of office in the house of representatives chamber on capitol hill. >> i present the people's gavel to the speaker of the house, john boehner. >> despite a rocky few weeks during december's fiscal cliff negotiations, representative john boehner winning re-election as speaker of the house. this congress -- the most diverse in history, with a record number of women and minorities. among them is the first buddhist to join the senate, as well as the first hindu and the first openly bisexual woman in the
house. secretary of state hillary clinton heading back to work after being released from a new york city hospital following treatment for a blood clot. many lawmakers demanding clinton testify about the terror attack in benghazi before voting on her potential successor, nominee senator john kerry. google chairman eric schmidt and former new mexico governor bill richardson arriving in north korea. his visit drawing criticism from the state department because it comes only weeks after a controversial north korean rocket launch. the delegation defends its trip to the communist nation. >> this is a private humanitarian visit. we're here as individual american citizens, looking at the humanitarian situation. we're gonna ask about the american detainee who's here. we're interested in the economic and political situation. >> schmidt is the highest-profile u.s. executive to visit north korea, a country with notoriously restrictive online policies since young leader kim jong-un took power a
year ago. for "teen kids news," i'm lauren green, "fox news channel in the classroom." >> wisdom is handed down from generation to generation. but sometimes, so is misinformation. eden has the facts about some of the advice we all grew up with. >> how many times have you heard this -- "don't go outside with your hair wet. you'll catch a cold." do you think that's true? >> yeah, i do think it's the truth. >> yes. >> why? >> because your hair's wet, and it's cold outside. >> yes. >> why? >> because i've done that before, and i got a cold. >> yeah, my hair froze once when i was coming back from swim practice. >> if you go outside with wet hair, you are inviting a bad hair day, but you're not inviting a cold. >> scientists in england found that warning just doesn't hold water. >> that's just one of the health myths checked out by realsimple.com. 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. >> file this one under myth. the experts say your digestive system dodissolve 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. >> and not just apples. there are all kinds of fruits that are better for us than candy and cookies. and the healthier you are, the less you'll need to see the doctor. so this one is true, as long as you don't overdo it. want a good night's sleep? they say warm milk will help, and it does contain a substance called tryptophan, which can make you drowsy. however, the experts say you'll have to drink gallons for it to work. what does help is a nightly routine that lets your brain and
body know it's bedtime. a glass of mican be a part of that, but don't forget 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 again and again, doesn't mean it's true. take the time to do a little research and find out the facts. >> 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 special series on first aid. >> 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? >> well every home needs to have at least one portable first-aid kit, and it should be in a place that's easily accessible to everybody, and everybody should know what that place is. kits can come ready-made, containing lots of items, or you can make one yourself and customize it. 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 that you might need. so you don't have to worry about what to do. it's all in the guide. you should also have bandages of various sizes... and some antiseptic wipes, or alcohol wipes, to clean a wound. you should also have some gauze. gauze comes in different sizes, so you can kind of decide what you might need for your own needs. then you need a compress, something that you can break to
make something cool. a pair of scissors to cut tape, if necessary. a cpr breathing barrier or face shield is a really good idea to have, especially if you have cpr training. then it's always on you and you don't have to worry about it. >> and what would you use that for? >> if you ever have to give mouth-to-mouth care to somebody -- the cpr breaths, for example -- it's a really good way to prevent disease transmission, so it might as well be in your kit. same thing with gloves. gloves are a wonderful tool to help prevent disease transmission, and especially if you're dealing with something like a bleeding wound, you want to protect yourself and the other person. so at least one pair of gloves in your kit. every kit must also have emergency phone numbers written down so you don't have to think about them in the event of an emergency. this particular card also includes a section for medications that you might be taking. and you should also be sure that your own personal medications, anything that you might need, are in the kit itself, as well. if everything's in one place, then you don't have to worry about searching for items that
you might need if an emergency does occur. >> you should also know that the red cross has an app that gives first-aid information. it's free and works on smartphones. here's one more tip. you need to 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. >> most of us rely on maps or gps to navigate. humpback 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.
>> let's get your opinion in "speak of the week." >> 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? >> 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. >> after the reactor meltdown in japan, should the u.s. still >> no, because nuclear power can be dangerous, and if you use nuclear power, there is the chance that the reactors can melt down, and it can harm people within the area, and there can be long-lasting effects from radiation afterwards, so it's not very good idea to use nuclear power. >> i do not think so, because after a meltdown like that, you don't want to take any more
chances. >> i don't know. i think it's very important. 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. >> well, there's a lot more alternative-energy resources out there, but it's also an issue of lack of funds and lack of space, and nuclear power does have benefits, but it's also extremely detrimental to the environment, so i think we should continue to wean our self off of that source and look into more environmentally friendly sources. >> 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. >> we see them all the time, but very few of us look closely, so
here's this week's "flag facts." >> it's home to the oldest european settlement in north america -- st. augustine. it's where our rockets boldly launch into the final frontier. and if you prefer to boldly go a bit closer to earth, it's the nation's top destination for amusement parks. >> florida. >> florida. >> florida. >> like many state flags, florida features the state seal in the center. it used to be over a white background, but around 1900, the governor asked for the red cross to be added. he thought the mostly white flag suggested surrender. 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. >> of course, everyone knows that christopher columbus came
to the new world with the support of queen isabella and the spanish, but what many people don't know is that ponce de leon came with him. he travelled to the new world in 1493, and he returned 20 years later in search of the fountain of youth. >> he didn't find the fountain of youth, but ponce de leon did give the spanish colony its name -- "la florida" -- in honor of the country's "feast of the flowers." and here's the story behind another famous name. a sports drink was invented at the university of florida, so it was named in honor of the school's athletes -- the gators. that's why it's called gatorade. with "flag facts," i'm brandon. >> it happens to the best of us -- you reach for the remote to go change the channel and it's gone. someone has actually taken the time to study where remotes usually wind up. the most likely place is under the sofa cushions. other common locations are -- in the bathroom, in a dresser, and even in the refrigerator. but if you're one of those who leaves the remote in the fridge, maybe it's time to turn off
the tv. >> 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. >> 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. >> maya lin's design was very controversial because, at that time, there really wasn't anything similar to it at all. americans were typically thinking of a statue of a human being that would show, in this particular, case vietnam veterans at war. instead, you had "the wall," as it's commonly referred to now, with the names on it. very different. >> the long black wall slopes down and then upward. the names are engraved in chronological order, according to the date when the soldiers died. >> as you slowly walk down the walkways that are adjacent to the two walls, you are all of a sudden consumed or subsumed by the enormity of those names, and that all of these people, americans, died during the vietnam war. >> but some people found the
wall too grim and abstract, so, over the years, two more traditional touches were added. the first addition is called "the three servicemen." >> it depicts a typical combat scene in which american g.i.s would have been involved in. >> later, another sculpture was added. the other part of it is the women's memorial, which shows the contribution and 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. who was on the front line in vietnam. >> walking along the memorial can be very emotional, especially for those who lost someone in this war. people come to find the name of a friend or loved one. some make a tracing. >> i came to find a friend of my dad's growing up -- they lived in the same neighborhood -- thomas protack. >> and what did you do when you found the name? >> i rubbed it with a pencil and paper. >> many leave behind flowers,
photos, army items, or american flags. >> if the american flag is folded sometimes and if it's left with a note in remembrance of any particular g.i., that american flag will also be catalogued and saved in the vietnam collection, the same way as a helmet or army boots would be collected. >> so, you just saw the vietnam memorial. what did you think? >> i think it's a good thing just to sort of have for all the veterans that died and to remember them and sort of thank them. >> now there's another version of the vietnam memorial wall, one where 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. >> i think it was great. it was awesome. >> at the vietnam veteran's memorial in washington, d.c., for "teen kids news," i'm lauren. >> from baltimore, a special thank you to all our men and women serving in our military. >> there's no end to the amazing ways to spend time online. just click this. >> in comic books, superheroes battle evil to save the world, and if you've ever wanted to help, here's your chance, thanks to marvel.com. once you get to the home page, scroll down to "extras." click on "create your own comic." the site gives you all the things you need. first, decide what page layout you want. then choose your superheroes and villains. you can create sound effects,
add backgrounds, and even write dialogue. when you've finished creating your comic, you can print it 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. >> there are lots of villains you love to hate, but there's only one villain you love to love, and as nicole reports, he wants your help. >> at universal orlando resort, one of the newest attractions is "despicable me minion mayhem," based on the popular animated movie. so, on this ride, what exactly does the visitor experience? >> guests get to actually go into the world of gru, which we're very, very excited about, and as you can see from the lines, they're loving it. but we've re-created a dimensional environment where you can enter with gru and margo, edith, and agnes, and, of course, fabulous minions. >> what's a minion? >> it's like a little yellow thing that helps gru with his lab and stuff.
>> and the best part is, you are turned into a minion. we take our guests and we transform you into minions. >> it's so cool. i want to be one. >> gru has a new event that he wants to create, and you're here to help him do that. and, of course, you go through the training -- the girls take you through the training. >> you're now in the minion training grounds. >> whoa! whoa! >> this is where we test your strength, speed, and ability to not die. >> it's a wild, wild experience, but it's great because it's an entire family experience. >> look out, minions! don't get fly-swatted! >> it was awesome! i loved it. >> what'd you like about it? >> i love the minions. they're my favorite. >> how was the ride? >> it was awesome. >> amazing. i loved it. >> it's not over when the ride ends because you get to go and experience a minion dance party. so everybody celebrates. you're dancing with the minions. you're dancing with the dancers, with gru. it's a great time. >> would you recommend this attraction to someone coming to universal orlando? >> yes, definitely. it's for all ages. i think little kids and even
adults would love it, 'cause it's super fun and it's not scary or anything. but it's really fun and funny. >> aah! >> you, too, can join gru. come today and become a minion! this is a good look! you have to try it, right? everyone. >> 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 ] >> ♪ i called the doctor from my telephone ♪ ♪ said "doctor, doctor, please, i, i, i... ♪ >> that's our program for this week. thanks for joining us. >> and, of course, "teen kids news" will be back again next week, so we'll see you then.
steves: pause at any street corner to enjoy a vivid slice of neapolitan life. and don't forget to look up. with no yards, families make full use of their tiny balconies. this is basso living. basso living. what does that mean? it can mean "low." so, literally, low? this is like a small apartment -- two, three bedrooms for five, six, seven, eight, nine people to a family. the traditional, sort of romantic life in the streets. life in the streets, yeah. many people might have money to go away from here, but they still stay here.