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Women at Work — Featured Episode

Stepping up to the mic

Women are making significant inroads into the voice-over and voice-acting industry, long dominated by white men.

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From an opera stage to a mountaintop recording booth
Natalie Naudus says her success as an audiobook narrator has been, in part, due to her operatic voice training. Naudus, who has narrated over 250 titles, shares what it's like to bring characters to life from her home studio.
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Want your message heard? Hire a female announcer
Voice acting, an industry long dominated by white men, gets a shot of diversity with more opportunities for women and people of color. Consumer preferences, new technology and shifts in training are driving the change.
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A performing artist finds her true passion off camera
Taj Ruler found her calling in voice-over work when she returned home to Minnesota after college. With a background in improvisation, she talks about her successes and the challenges faced as a scripted voice actor specializing in animation, narration and commercial projects.

The Great Rural — Featured Episode

Fighting to reclaim stolen land

With millions of acres at stake, Black families and Indigenous tribes are fighting to regain and maintain generational and traditional land ownership.

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Black heirs share their stories of land theft
When you are robbed of your land and legacy, what’s next?
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Taos Pueblo won back its sacred lake after long battle
It's rare for Indigenous tribes to have their land returned, but it is possible. The story of one Pueblo in New Mexico shows how difficult and how meaningful it is for Native communities to get back their land.
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‘Every community has its own Standing Rock’
A-dae Romero-Briones, a member of the Cochiti Pueblo, explains the connection of land and food, how her community lived through the creation of the faulty Cochiti Dam, and how the current pandemic has brought full-circle the necessity of living off the land.

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Teaching in the ‘new normal’

A year after schools transitioned to online classes during the pandemic, teachers are adjusting to the return of students in the classroom.

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Back to in-person teaching: New protocols, more stress
Educators must balance teaching online and in-person; keep their classrooms disinfected and their students engaged; and find ways to ease anxiety about their own health risks.
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High school teacher’s first year is quite the balancing act
In Vanessa Fisher’s first year as a special education teacher, she has faced the challenges of remote and hybrid instruction while adapting to the demands of students, parents, the community and the union.
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The challenges of returning students to classrooms, safely
After a year of remote instruction and everything in between, classroom teachers are adopting new protocols and adapting to teaching in the era of Covid-19.

Identity — Featured Episode

Metamorphosis for the club scene

Gay bars lost business as well as community with the shutdown. As spring approaches, hope is on the rebound.

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Keeping the lights on at the local gay bar
Across the country, gay bars have been impacted by the pandemic in different ways, some fully shutting down, others going on hiatus, still others contributing to their community’s welfare by arranging food drives. As spring arrives, so does renewed hope.
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A year later, nightlife is almost unrecognizable
LGBTQ communities across the U.S. had lost many of their gathering places already. Now, there are even fewer venues, but some community veterans are maintaining, if not reinventing, themselves in unsettling times.
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Nights of community, nights of resilience
Spaces where validation, loyalty, and a sense of solidarity are critical for any marginalized sector. The lesbian community is no exception. The glue of nightlife spaces is the DJ—adjusting, sensing, and transforming the atmosphere with music.

With support from EY + Meda

Frontiers of Enterprise — Featured Episode

Design of the times?

After more than a year of working from home, many employees had to adopt new ways of working. Will employers reimagine the role of offices in creating a safe, productive and enjoyable space for their employees?

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Office spaces get a revamp — including some throwbacks
From bathrooms to boardrooms, the pandemic is reshaping workspaces. Architects and planners tell us what to expect, as business owners eye everything from increased outdoor space to more private offices.
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Telework or back to office? Some hope for mix of both
A Purdue University professor and social scientist says the Covid-19 lockdown exacerbated the work-life imbalance; a working mother shares her experiences. They hope the lessons of working from home will result in more freedom for employees in a post-Covid world.
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Rethinking office space
The pandemic has created a seismic shift in how people work and how the spaces they work out of should be adapted to keep workers safe. Will the office ever be the same?

With support from Caring Bridge

Dimensions of Health — Featured Episode

Mobile during the pandemic

Travel nurses go where they’re needed the most.

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‘Even if ... for one patient, I knew I was meant to be there’
For three weeks in April 2020, trauma nurse Karen Wenning of Atlanta cared for Covid-19 patients hospitalized in New York City.
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Unsettled, yet undaunted, while caring for patients
Travel nurses ask themselves what 'home' means during a year like no other: What is essential to our mental/physical well-being? 'How do we keep our cups full ... to care for people ... even when our own worlds are uprooted and compromised?'
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Travel nurses fill pandemic-created gaps
As the coronavirus pandemic crept across the country, patients overwhelmed many hospitals, creating a staffing crisis.

The Great Rural — Featured Episode

Community science

Stay-at-home orders hindered data collection for many field scientists, creating a need for crowd-sourced data. Citizen scientists responded.

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Nature lovers heed call to observe and report
Citizen scientists played a significant role in field research as the pandemic lockdown put a strain on scientific resources. From rain totals to data on plant and animal life, ‘backyard observers’ lent eyes and ears to projects.
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Photographer keeps watch over killer whale pods
Marla Smith turns her passion for orcas into action as a citizen scientist, helping to track endangered Southern Resident Orcas in Washington state’s Puget Sound.
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Volunteers find antidote for pandemic isolation outdoors
During the pandemic, citizen scientists have found a sense of normalcy and solace in the safety of outdoor pursuits — even in urban areas. Some scientists also made exciting discoveries.

Sports in Society — Featured Episode

Billions of reasons to be missed

The pandemic has cost sports — professional and amateur — billions of dollars, as they find ways to compete through a year of national and state restrictions implemented to fight Covid-19.

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Back in the game for bars? MLB Opening Day arrives
One year into the pandemic, Baltimore, Md., sports bars and restaurant owners look forward to the return of Orioles fans and sports regulars as Opening Day of the 2021 MLB season approaches.
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The Metaphysics of Big Sausage (…and Little Things)
Boston, known as “Title Town,” is home to some of the most famous food vendors in the world. How has the pandemic impacted them, and what does it all mean? Time for a little help from an unexpected guru: The Sausage Guy.
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College sports towns are beaten down, but hopeful
In cities like Madison, Wis., Clemson, S.C., and State College, Pa. — the small- and mid-size college towns whose vibrant local sports scenes are part of their lifeblood — the pandemic has rocked entire communities.

With support from EY + Meda

Frontiers of Enterprise — Featured Episode

Worker cooperatives transform communities

History has proven co-ops help empower employees, build local wealth, and provide pathways to ownership and quality jobs for underserved populations.

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Member-owners and co-ops serve their community first
From Midwest breweries to Northeast hauling companies, the co-op structure has led to long-term success in many areas. Some experts say co-ops may be more resilient than other small businesses.
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A welcoming and inclusive beauty co-op for all
Joselyn Mendoza is a co-founder of Mirror Trans Beauty, a trans Latinx-led worker co-op for beauty professionals in New York City. The space provides an inclusive environment for trans and gender non-conforming individuals, and seeks to help Latinx immigrants advance their careers.
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The heart and joy in intersectional co-ops
The AORTA cooperative supports movements for social, racial, and economic justice. Part of its mission is intersectional understanding of systemic oppression, and how this knowledge can build multiracial solidarity.

Identity — Featured Episode

Not short of ability

Little people are still fighting to be seen as just ‘people,’ with the same aspirations and drive as people of average stature. And they are up for the challenge.

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From Colorado to Tokyo, one stroke at a time
Champion swimmer Sophia Herzog’s goal of another Paralympic medal is anchored in a community pool in the Colorado high country.
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Little people want parity on screen as well as off
Yes, actors of short stature are more visible than ever. But the roles they’re offered are still often cartoonish, if not demeaning and offensive. Change, however, is emerging.
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Little person takes big step, writes kids book about his life
Charlie Higdon was born with achondroplasia, a common type of dwarfism. Realizing he stood out from others, Higdon decided to educate children and adults that shorter limbs shouldn't be a target for hurtful comments.

Sports in Society — Featured Episode

The ongoing push for equality in the press box

The male-dominated field of sports media is changing, yet the number of women who enter into sports journalism is still relatively low. What is this work like for women who have broken through?

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This sports journalist is ‘doing pretty good for a girl’
Insider, TV analyst, senior writer, mom — Ramona Shelburne’s juggling act is blazing a path for women in sports media.
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Pioneering photojournalist proves naysayers wrong
Getty Images staff photographer Elsa Garrison, who goes by just Elsa, leads female sports photographers by example.
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Limón Romero: sports, journalism, and mentoring
Iliana Limón Romero has combined her passion for sports and commitment to journalism in a distinguished career of almost 20 years. Recently appointed Deputy Sports Editor for the Los Angeles Times, she talks about engaging readers, collaborating with writers, and mentoring aspiring journalists.

Identity — Featured Episode

The guardians of indigenous foods

Just don’t call it a trend

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The food ways of America’s Indigenous people
Dishes and ingredients from Denver’s Tocabe and Four Directions Cuisine make use of traditional indigenous methods and values: using what’s available, abundant, in season.
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For nourishment, there’s nothing like ‘first foods’
Pre-colonization diets provide far more than sustenance for the body. They also fortify and deepen ancestral relationships among tribes and families.
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‘When you eat my food, you will know the journey’
Chef Elena Terry describes all the steps it takes to deliver a tasty plate to your table, filled with intentionality, nutrition, and deep connection to ancestral foods.

Sports in Society — Featured Episode

The bionic body

New frontiers in wearable and implantable medical devices are becoming ever more sophisticated and pushing limitations of the human body beyond expectations. How are they changing sports and everyday life?

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Medical-tech gains bring the bionic human closer to reality
Humans may be running faster, jumping higher and going longer than at any point in our history, thanks to technology. Ultramarathoner Richard Donovan is leading the way — even after having his knee replaced.
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High-tech prosthetic limb keeps this soldier in the game
Sgt. 1st Class Brant Ireland, who had a leg amputated above the knee after he was injured serving in Afghanistan, trains for the 2021 Warrior Games. Ireland set up a workout room in his garage during the pandemic.
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Artificial muscles tech + a 3-D printer = a bionic sports bra
3-D printed cells and wearable artificial muscle fabrics are just some of the ways materials scientists and biomedical engineers are improving human performance. Renowned expert Professor Gordon Wallace discusses his cutting-edge work in the field of medical bionics.

With support from EY + Meda

Frontiers of Enterprise — Featured Episode

Raising up the girls of science

The need for gender diversity in STEM fields is not new. So schools, entrepreneurs, companies, and organizations are finding creative ways to bring more girls into science.

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Taking STEM on the road in order to foster girls' interest
Enter the STEMobile. Activities in the roving science classroom are meant to inspire young young students about coding, engineering, robots and the weather, and have had especially positive impacts on girls and their interest in STEM.
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Closing the representation gap in STEM communities
Since its inception in 1994, Science Club for Girls has reached thousands of girls with one specific goal: to give them the opportunity to fall in love with science regardless of their race or family income.
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First-generation college student reached for the stars
25-year-old Katya Echazarreta is an electrical engineer with the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. A Mexican immigrant who came to the United States as a child, she overcame barriers to get her dream job.

The Great Rural — Featured Episode

9 to 5 — and way beyond

For some in small-town America, side gigs help pay the bills, but they also connect workers to the larger community and to a future imagined.

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Why the hustle? Second jobs satisfy passion and purpose
Some rural folks take on more than one job, but not necessarily for the reasons you might think.
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Two jobs? For some that’s just a reality of rural life
People are juggling multiple gigs to pay bills, and they have plenty of company. But for some, a second job is about making a plan for the future; for others, it's a temporary means to an end.
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Mom’s example, community support set this coach on path
When she was 16, Jamie Lindstrom’s mother died. The people of Hudson, Wis., rallied to support her and her family, which helped shape her determination to help young people. She talks about the pivotal moments that led her to coaching and social work.

Women at Work — Featured Episode

The shortcomings of algorithms

Artificial intelligence systems are supposed to limit bias. Often, they perpetuate it.

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AI ethics is a human values issue, not a tech problem
Artist and researcher Sherry Wong says the fixes for artificial intelligence go hand-in-hand with the ‘hard, long-term, not overnight work that's necessary to transform society.’
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Algorithmic bias sometimes built into hiring decisions
Artificial intelligence in HR aims to remove human bias from recruitment and hiring decisions. However, even with the best technology, algorithmic screening software can unintentionally reinforce these biases.
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When AI becomes a tool for workplace exclusion
Hiring algorithms are supposed to limit bias, but without critical oversight, the artificial intelligence software can amplify discriminatory mindsets. Meet the people dedicated to making AI more equitable.

With support from Caring Bridge

Dimensions of Health — Featured Episode

Vaccine Distrust

A long history of medical malpractice against people of color has fueled suspicion of Covid-19 vaccines. Could trusted voices help muffle the skepticism and spur greater participation among Blacks?

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Covid-19 impact hits home for an infection preventionist
Adriene Thornton talks about the impact of the pandemic, both personally and professionally, as she works to alleviate fear and provide scientific facts about the vaccines in marginalized communities.
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Misinformation impedes efforts to vaccinate Latinos
Health officials tout benefits of Covid-19 vaccines to those most vulnerable; Latinos have experienced higher infection rates, likely because of outside factors that include working in jobs that can't be done from home.
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Vaccine wariness among Blacks fueled by history, bias
Many in the Black community are hesitant to get a Covid-19 vaccine due to implicit bias and the history of unethical medical research practiced on Black people — most notably the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

With support from EY + Meda

Frontiers of Enterprise — Featured Episode

Honor the dead, respect the earth

Green burials, ranging from small family plots to large facilities certified by the Green Burial Council, offer alternatives to the expensive — and often more environmentally costly — cemetery burial system.

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Going green, one last time
From cardboard caskets to the absence of harmful chemicals, some people choose to minimize the impact to the environment after they die. It helps to plan ahead.
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How our bodies can become our last gift to earth
In Boring, Oregon, Elizabeth Fournier, who calls herself 'The Green Reaper,' provides families with an environmentally friendly burial option and a new way of grieving.
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‘Dead people don’t bother the animals’
When Henry and Joan Meyer moved to a 120-acre piece of land in Montana in their 20s they decided to stay there and raise their family. Now in their 80s, they have designated their land as a federally protected natural cemetery, finding a way that they can stay on, forever.

Women at Work — Featured Episode

Women making a difference in science

For decades, women have made significant contributions to science and medical research in more ways than one. Some by choice, and others by force.

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Meet the women behind Covid-19 vaccines
How years of work by women have helped bring us the Covid-19 vaccines.
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Administering the Covid-19 vaccine to thousands
Tammy Retalic, the chief nursing officer at Hebrew SeniorLife, talks about the challenges as she and her staff face the logistical and emotional hurdles of vaccinating more than 5,000 staff members and patients.
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Where would we be without those immortal HeLa cells?
A Black woman died of cancer 70 years ago, unaware that she would 'outlive us all.' Now, the world knows her name and her immortal importance.
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HeLa, revisited: 'Immortal' cells fuel biomedical research
The great-granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks reflects on consent, restorative justice and the ongoing importance of HeLa cells in the time of Covid-19.
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Tenacious HeLa cells sold in support of science
Henrietta Lacks died of cancer in 1951, unaware that her continuously dividing cells had been taken and sent away for study, and, eventually, sold for research.

Identity — Featured Episode

The positive effects of Black male teachers

Despite heavy workload and lack of systemic support, Black male teachers and professors have significantly positive effects on students. Here’s why.

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‘I got Mr. White and he’s Black’
Thetis White looked for a greater impact than coaching, and he found it in teaching.
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The dilemma of Black male professorship
When it comes to college achievement, the presence of a Black male professor can have a positive impact on the overall success of Black students. So why are there still so few Black male educators on college campuses?
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Beyond representation: An educator’s pursuit of equity
Dr. Aaron Johnson, a Black educator in Long Island, New York, reflects on his educational roots, deprogramming whiteness in Black youth, and the vital role of Black male teachers in America.

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