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Apprenticeships in Maryland; The Given World; World Refugee Festival

Western Area Power / Creative Commons

An apprentice /can learn career skills without taking on student debt. Apprenticeships have been concentrated in the building trades, but there’s a move to create more apprenticeships in non-traditional careers – like cybersecurity and healthcare. We talk to Maryland’s labor secretary and a workforce developer from Washington state.

Then –Marian Palaia has set her first novel, "The Given World" in America after the Vietnam War. Tom Hall and Palaia discuss the meaning of home and her characters' search to find it.

Plus: Spoken-word artist Bilphena Yahwon  came to America from Liberia as a refugee when she was 7 years old. She talks with Tom about the cultural challenges of growing up an African in America.