You want to cover current events, but you don't have the money for yet another curriculum purchase. Have you considered talk radio?
When my kids were in Junior High, we started to listen to talk radio when we were having lunch, and discussing the events they brought up. It may depend on your local radio station, of course. When I was considering the radio host, I was much more concerned with them being POLITE rather than having them agree with me. I figured I was right there, having lunch with my children, so I could easily explain how my views were different. That way they could learn to defend their beliefs in a calm and reasonable manner. But if the radio host was rude, I was concerned that my children would pick up on that rude behavior, and think it was OK, or normal to talk that way.
Listening to the radio during lunch allowed us to talk about the big events in the world around us, and sometimes even the smaller issues of our local scene. Sometimes there were horrible things happening to children that age, and I wanted to talk about it but didn't know where to start. Often the radio show would help me start the conversation. If you are thinking about a current events program, consider talk radio. Radio is free, too, which is my favorite price.
PS. So, who did we chose to listen to in the Seattle area? Dave Ross. You can listen to his podcasts here
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