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Public-radio stations will be featuring special programming this week pegged to coincide with National Literacy Day, Sept. 8.

The newest daily newsmagazine on National Public Radio, Latin File, will present reports all week on literacy issues affecting the Hispanic community. And on Sept. 8, a 30-minute documentary, "Hispanic Drop-outs: A National Emergency," will air on the network's monthly series, Latino.

That broadcast, to be presented in both Spanish and English, will examine the success rate of prevention programs using such tools as bilingual education and community outreach.

Interviews with educators, policymakers, and community leaders will complete the program's search for solutions to what its producer, Vivian Hernandez, calls "the biggest issue facing Hispanics today."

Npr's September emphasis on literacy will also include an encore presentation of its 30-minute documentary on efforts in Oakland, Calif., to move inner-city students closer to career goals.

"Literacy and Youth: The Academy Alternative" takes listeners to a tough, crime-ridden neighborhood where students at high risk for dropping out have been motivated to remain in school through a "media academy" that allows them to focus on journalism and literature, rather than mainstream courses.

The program will air on the network's Horizons series. Check local listings for broadcast times.

Teachers have until Sept. 23 to enroll their science classes in the educational program being provided by the corporate sponsor of the popular public-television series Discover: The World of Science.

Those enrolled will receive, courtesy of gte, free teaching materials for each of the five shows planned for the 1988-89 season, which begins Monday, Oct. 17.

The classroom resources--including a teacher's guide, student-activity sheets, and reprints from Discover magazine--are designed for use in grades 7-12. Gte also encourages teachers to videotape the hour-long shows for future use.

To enroll, teachers can call a toll-free number--1-800-523-5948; in Pennsylvania, 1-800-637-8509.

Free taping rights and teaching guides are also available for the television series The Infinite Voyage, which is produced with the cooperation of the National Academy of Sciences and underwritten by Digital Equipment Corporation.

This year's schedule of 12 episodes begins Sept. 7 with "The Search for Ancient Americans," an archaeological exploration into the lifestyles of the ancestors of today's native Americans.

For details, write The Infinite Voyage, wqed-TV, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.

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