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Azia: Today marks an important anniversary. On December 18 five years ago, protests started in the country of Tunisia. Over the next few months, the uprisings spread across the Arab region to nearly two dozen countries.
People were protesting against their government, fighting for more freedoms. Many countries, including Egypt and Libya, toppled leaders who had been dictators for decades.
Okay, that brings us to your question: what did historians call the 2011 wave of protests in the Arab world?
a. Arab Revolution
b. Islamic Revolution
c. Middle East Uprising or
d. Arab Spring
Ten seconds on the clock!
Time is up! The answer is d, Arab Spring.
The Arab Spring was unique because it was the first huge protest movement to take advantage of social media, with some calling it the Facebook Revolution. But as much as the world hoped these countries would enter a new spring of democracy and freedom, the uprisings actually left room for powerful extremist groups to take hold, like in Syria. And most of the nations that participated in the Arab Spring are still unstable or worse off than before.
Top News Stories 2015
Arielle: Now, 2015 is just about over, so we thought we would do a little wrap-up of the big events of this year. And we asked you to rank what you thought were the most important stories of 2015. Let’s see what you guys picked.
Coming in at number three, you voted for gay marriage. The Supreme Court ruled this year that all 50 states must make it legal for all same-sex couples to marry, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights activists a historic victory.
Number two: the Paris attacks. It was the deadliest attack on French soil since World War 2. A series of coordinated terror attacks by ISIS on Paris left 130 dead. People around the world turned out to light candles, lay down flowers and console each other.
And you guys voted the number one news story: the fight against ISIS. The terror group controls territory in Syria and northern Iraq. They are well funded and organized, but the U.S. and its allies are on a mission to wipe them out.
Top Social Media Posts 2015
Arielle: So what did everybody google in 2015? With nearly 900 million searches, the Paris attacks were on people’s minds around the globe, with most typing, “What happened in Paris” in the search box. Other top searches include ex-NBA star Lamar Odom and the movie Jurassic World.
On Facebook the number-one, most-talked-about topic was the U.S. presidential election.
On Twitter the #JeSuisParis was the top tweet as millions showed their solidarity with Paris following the attacks. That was followed by #BlackLivesMatter, which was tweeted more than 9 million times.
And this was the biggest trending YouTube video of 2015, with over 119 million views. It is the Heaven King Dance Crew performing to Silento’s “Watch Me.” So cute!
Next Big Thing: Rented Christmas Trees
Arielle: It is an eco-friendly spin on holiday trees that could truly make your season evergreen. But before we jump into this week’s next big thing, let’s see what you thought about last week’s idea.
We told you about the Shark Wheel, a wheel that gets its inspo from a cube. It is reinventing the way some skateboard. So is it the next big thing?
Seventy-four percent of you said, yes, let’s roll! But 26 percent said, no, this idea is a wipeout.
Class: We are Miss Lynn’s fourth-period health class at McCulloch Junior High in Marion, Indiana. We think the Shark Wheel is the next big thing because you can do more tricks, it has more grip, and the wheels last longer and because it’s safer.
Arielle: But Kobe said, “I don’t think that the Shark Wheels would be safe.” Thanks for sending us your thoughts.
Now, as the holiday approaches, some of you might go out and get a real tree this year. Well, imagine if that tree could continue living on and on for years and years and years.
It is that time of the year: the lights are strung, stockings are hung and the tree rent is due.
Yep, you heard that right. It is a new holiday tradition that is growing in popularity. The Living Christmas Company, located in California, is one of the many eco-friendly companies pining for the trend.
Here is how it works. You order the type and size of Christmas tree you want online. Options range from a cypress to a blue cedar. And then the tree is delivered to your door in a pot with its roots still intact, alive and growing. After the holiday season, elves — I mean, delivery men pick up your tree and replant it so it can grow to be 70 to 100 years old. The best part? Some companies will even allow you to rent the same tree next year.
Radio City Rockettes
Maggie: The famous eye-high kicks, toe-tapping dance numbers and elaborate show-stopping costumes with, of course, those sparkling heels — these are the Rockettes, and that means it is the holiday season.
For more than 85 years, the Rockettes have dazzled in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, performing five shows a day throughout the holiday season for hundreds of thousands of people.
So how much work does it take to spread holiday cheer? Well, I was about to find out.
Melissa: So we dance in heels that are either two and one-half inches to three inches high, and these are your special pair.
Maggie: I feel so honored right now, you guys.
Now I am ready to rehearse my Rockette pose and those eye-high kicks.
How much does rehearsal and hard work play into becoming a Rockette?
Hannah: Everyone works so hard, not only in the season when we are performing, but even out of the season we have to really prepare physically and mentally to be able to do what we do. The show is 90 minutes long, and we’re almost on stage the whole time, so we have to be able to get through all of that.
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