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Breaking Ground: Yesterday’s Dropouts

1 pm Sunday, Dec. 15: Do dropouts ever get a second chance? What are their lives like 10, 20 or 30 years later?

Two men looking under the hood of a car

Every year more than one million students fail to graduate from high school on time. But we rarely explore what happens next. What are these students’ lives like 10, 20, even 40 years after they leave the classroom? Do they ever get a second chance?

Yesterday’s Dropouts is a documentary about the 30 million dropouts in the U.S. and the hundreds of thousands who return to the classroom every year as adults. It’s been years since these students dropped out of school, but the long shadow of their unfinished education still follows them every day.

The program is part of a new documentary series, Breaking Ground with Kavitha Cardoza, dedicated to making the invisible visible.Breaking Ground focuses on specific issues that poor and disenfranchised Americans face, from illiteracy to homelessness to hunger. It is produced by WAMU in Washington, D.C.

Cardoza began her career in 2002 at WUIS-WIPA Public Radio, University of Illinois at Springfield. There she reported and produced features for the Illinois Public Radio network’s 11 member stations, inlcuding WILL-AM.