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This report is part of American Graduate - Let's make it happen - a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help more kids stay on the path to graduation.

Students in Amy Wozniak's computer science class in Chicago use EarSketch to learn the programming language Python. EarSketch was created by two Georgia Tech professors.
Courtesy of Amy Wozniak

The White House recognized Georgia Tech last Monday for a coding program that uses music to teach code. It was recognized as part of its national initiatives for Computer Science Education Week.

EarSketch is a free online tool that uses music to teach the programming languages of Python and JavaScript.

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Chief Executive Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation speaks at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington Oct. 14, 2015.
Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

It is graduation season, and undergraduates at Georgia State University received their diplomas Saturday. The commencement speaker was Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The organization focuses on global health and development and equity in education in the U.S.

Desmond-Hellmann, who is also the former chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, recently sat down with WABE's Martha Dalton at the Atlanta Grill. Their conversation begins with a summary of the foundation's work in education.

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Some 2,500 years ago, Plato said that music "is a more potent instrument than any other for education." On "City Lights," two Atlanta educators made a case for music education in 21st century schools.

Johnny Kauffman / WABE

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The Civil War can be an emotional issue in the South to this day. The massacre last year at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina was a painful and tragic reminder. From Confederate flags, to carvings on Stone Mountain, to statues at the Georgia Capitol, the ideological battle still rages.

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