Identity — Featured Episode

The guardians of indigenous foods

Just don’t call it a trend

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The foodways 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.

The Great Rural — Featured Episode

The costs of living in a child care desert

For many rural communities, access to affordable, licensed and quality child care has long been an issue.

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Welcome to Mrs. Jackie’s Daycare

Jacqueline Thomas has been running her busy day care business for the past 10 years, and she’s faced everything from insufficient government funding to long waitlists for her services. What’s kept her going? Her love of children — and dreams to go big.

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What happens when demand for child care exceeds supply?

The lack of options for high-caliber, affordable and dependable child care has reached a critical stage. A small North Dakota town’s collaborative solution to the problem is attracting attention from other cities.

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For a Colorado farming town, child care is paramount to its survival

Meet Gloria Bergner, one of only three licensed child care providers in Holyoke. Without adequate child care, towns like Holyoke struggle to keep young families from moving to large urban areas.

Identity — Featured Episode

Two Spirit

Two Spirit Indigenous culture exists both as part of, and as distinct from, the LGBTQ2+ movement.

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Two Spirits are reclaiming their history

Traditionally, a number of Indigenous tribes embraced those who today might identify as LGBTQ or gender-nonconforming as valued members of the community. The Two Spirit movement aims to bridge the past and present.

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Navigating identity, traditions and legacy

Two Spirit youth leader and activist Sherenté Mishitashin Harris talks about finding their voice through dance — and embracing the tradition not only as a form of prayer but a mode of liberation.

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Bringing 'light to our stories'

Kali Spitzer’s photo project ‘An Exploration of Resilience and Resistance’ is about identity, culture, strength, vulnerability and love.

The Great Rural — Featured Episode

A new day for indie radio

For listeners with a penchant for eclectic music, almost nothing compares to the playlists generated by independent internet radio stations.

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The little station that could

KRZA-FM in Alamosa, Colo., bucks radio trends with live, local program hosts, an eclectic format and forging close ties to the region.

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Indie programmer delivers a global goulash of music

Bill Goldsmith has been disrupting the radio scene for decades. Through the internet, listeners all over the world can feast on his artful, eclectic playlists.

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Wakanja Hari: A voice for indie Native radio

In 2017, producer and radio host Robert Pilot launched a radio show on a local AM station in Minnesota to tell the stories of water protectors opposed to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Dimensions of Health — Featured Episode

The unintended effects of toxic positivity

What could be wrong with trying to be positive? Turns out, a lot.

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Don't worry. Be happy.

There’s nothing wrong with seeking joy, pleasure and contentment until there is. How does an unrelenting pursuit of happiness affect us?

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What happens when positivity goes too far?

Displaying false happiness in times of turmoil can often serve as a defense mechanism. But in reality, toxic positivity can do more harm than good.

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Toxic positivity: Seemingly innocuous comments towards little people can be harmful

For people with dwarfism, trying to be accepted in society is a constant, uphill struggle. Though they may sound validating, toxically positive remarks can reinforce little peoples’ feelings of being misunderstood.

The Workplace — Featured Episode

Ms. Fix It

In the auto-repair business, outdated gender norms and misogyny are not unheard of. Women will tell you it’s a dirty job in more ways than one – but they are doing it, while training and mentoring others along the way.

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'Women who turn wrenches'

New Jersey-based photographer Deirdre Ryan has been documenting women mechanics, racers and automotive hobbyists since 2018. Four women she’s photographed share some of their stories about their affection for cars and being “sheCanics.”

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It takes more than drive

Knowledge and experience are, of course, mandatory. But for women who want to earn a living in auto repair and maintenance, that’s only the beginning.

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What women 'auto-know'

Growing up, Audra Fordin’s dad discouraged her from entering the family auto business. But she saw an opportunity — educating and empowering women about auto mechanics.

Sports in Society — Featured Episode

Deconstructing superstitions and rituals in sports

Athletes and fans have an affinity for participating in rituals in sports where strange habits can be the difference between success and failure.

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Don't turn away the goat

Throwing powder towards the sky, kissing a necklace, wearing a favorite jersey — these are just a few of the superstitions or rituals athletes, coaches and fans incorporate on game days.

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How the strangest sport superstitions propel great athletes—and fans

Superstitions in sports are vital aspects of athletic rituals and can often provide a mental edge in terms of wins and losses.

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A two-time Olympic skier’s search for the smell of success

Many athletes have tried to invoke “the zone,” but when former freestyle mogul skier Michelle Roark was training for the Olympics, she turned visualization into a science. Roark concocted an original fragrance to wear and refocus her energy on the slopes, which would become her signature ski scent.

The Workplace — Featured Episode

Chief change-makers

The role of chief diversity officer is becoming the latest addition to the C-suite. How does this change lead to more diversity in corporate America?

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Chief diversity officers are facing the challenge of shifting corporate culture

More corporations are hiring chief diversity officers to increase diversity and inclusion efforts. Experts weigh in on what it takes for long-term success.

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Racial awakening leads to organizational introspection, action

University of Maryland-Baltimore’s Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer and Vice President Diane Forbes Berthoud sees her job as one that fosters strategies to generate empathy for others and benefits students, faculty and the surrounding community.

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Diversity, equity and inclusion are not just about counting numbers

After racial uprisings last May, companies rushed to hire chief of diversity officers, making it one of the fastest-growing positions in the previous year. So how does this change lead to even more diversity from the executive level to the front lines?

Dimensions of Health — Featured Episode

Defying age and staying active

Physical activity over the age of 50 can be challenging to most. But some continue to compete well after their prime years to maintain health and accomplish life-long goals.

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'A terrible idea'

A Colorado photojournalist’s birthday celebration plan required rehabilitating a torn rotator cuff to navigate 100 miles of unforgiving backcountry trails with no support. What could go wrong?

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At 50, she tackled a lifelong dream of hiking more than 2,000 miles

After surviving two life-threatening accidents, Gwen Buchanan completed the Appalachian Trail.

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Fast and fit after 50

Growing older can lead to limitations on the field of play, but more people are embracing the physical challenges and competing at 50 and beyond.

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The bond of cha-cha, dip and twisting together

Before the pandemic, a group of older Nashvillians founded a free line dancing class at the Hadley Park Community Center. The bonds they’ve formed there have helped them overcome the health issues and isolation that many seniors experience. And now, support from this community is giving the dancers strength to face the uncertainty of this year.

Identity — Featured Episode

Challenging beauty standards

The body-positivity movement champions acceptance by promoting self-confidence and eschewing stigma.

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Spreading acceptance, positivity on social media

A California businesswoman, Reagan Campbell, uses her @reaganbaylee TikTok and Instagram accounts to challenge assumptions about appearances and advocate for people with facial birthmarks.

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Acceptance of all sizes has become a rallying cry

Evolving body-positivity movement champions appreciation of people’s bodies, regardless of how much they weigh. Grassroots efforts are playing a crucial role.

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Representation in plus-size modeling

Steven Green became the center of attention when a photo of him modeling for Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage X Fenty went viral. Steven talks about being in the spotlight and the importance of body inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry.

Identity — Featured Episode

Signing while Black

Efforts to preserve and bring attention to the richness of Black American Sign Language — and Black culture and identity — is gaining more traction.

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Differences big and small in BASL reflect Black culture, history

Languages reflect the groups that use them — sign language is no different. While some elements of Black American Sign Language adhere more closely to traditional American Sign Language, others arose from historical and cultural influences.

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Strong but not silent: Black Deaf culture stakes its claim

Intersectional discrimination necessitated the birth of Black American Sign Language. But the vibrant culture that sprang forth from it continues to sustain a new generation of scholars, influencers and everyday people.

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Sign language with swagger

Casandra Xavier, who is deaf-blind, turned her frustrations around being marginalized into advocacy. She shares the nuances of Black American Sign Language and disability legislation she’s fighting for in Massachusetts.

The Great Rural — Featured Episode

America's sanitation problem

Poor sanitation affects thousands — a growing number of people are dedicated to fixing the issue.

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Clean water and sanitation problems plague Native and rural U.S. communities

Lack of access to clean water and proper waste management have spiked in the past decade, especially in rural areas of the U.S.

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Cows — yes, cows — could help protect the water we drink

In Wisconsin’s farming communities, agriculture and septic systems are contaminating drinking water. Conservation farmers are demonstrating that agriculture can help protect the environment.

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Small town battles 50 years of unchecked flooding issues

Every time it rains in Centreville, Illinois, it floods. Residents’ yards fill with stormwater, toilet paper, and even raw sewage. Meet some of the people who are trying to do something about this recurring public health and human rights disaster — just a 15-minute drive outside St. Louis.

The Great Rural — Featured Episode

Made by hand

Precision and pride are reflected in artisans’ handcrafted objects.

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Unbridled passions infuse crafters' works of art

Production of Western-influenced items — from bits and spurs to textiles — keep artisans busy and content.

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The shepherd's crook

George MacDonald has been hand-making shepherd’s crooks at his farm, Ewesfull Acres, for the last 30 years using unique material like Scottish blackface ram’s horns, water buffalo horn, and hazelnut branches harvested on his farm.

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More women are carving out a space in woodworking

Custom furniture maker and instructor Larissa Huff believes it’s a good time for women in the field. ‘The internet has brought us together in a way that I don’t think anybody’s ever seen,’ she says.

The Workplace — Featured Episode

Women in gaming

After years of exclusion from the male-dominated gaming industry, women are proving why representation matters.

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Who plays video games vs. who's in them

Almost half of all gamers today are female, but the protagonists in most games don’t reflect that demographic.

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Bringing a woman's perspective to gaming

Women are disrupting the traditional boys’ club of the video game industry and pushing for more diverse voices in creative design and in the boardroom.

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Designing games with equality and impartiality

Amanda Kirk is a game designer with over a decade of experience in the industry. She’s seen firsthand what it means to be underrepresented in her career.

Sports in Society — Featured Episode

Passing it down

Parents use outdoor sports to guide their children in learning about the world and aid in their growth.

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Strengthening family bonds through the love of trail riding

For some families, trail riding has become a tradition that’s beneficial to maintaining health and familial connections.

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Why surfing is ritualistic for one California family

A mother of four teaches her kids life lessons through the family tradition of surfing.

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On the hunt for the perfect 300

Tim Eaton and his son love bowling — and they are regularly on a quest for the “perfect game,” or the highest possible score, in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

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Life and the art of fly fishing

For Mindy Blair, sharing her passion for fly fishing with her kids provides wisdom on staying present and overcoming obstacles.

Dimensions of Health — Featured Episode

Fighting period poverty

For homeless and poverty-stricken people, tending to menstrual health and hygiene is rife with challenges.

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Challenging the crisis of menstrual equity

Inadequate access to hygiene products force millions of American people to suffer during their menstrual cycle. The Chicago Period Project raises awareness to eliminate period poverty.

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Ending period poverty, one stall at a time

More than 4 in 5 teens have either missed class time or know a classmate who missed class time because they did not have access to period products. Two high school students were on a mission to change that.

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How one nonprofit battles period poverty

No More Secrets, an organization in Philadelphia, delivers three to five months’ worth of menstrual hygiene products to those who can’t afford them, including local residents and beyond.
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Sports in Society — Featured Episode

The costs to play

Economic inequality and the costs of playing sports are affecting low- and middle-income families.

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Paying by the costly rules of youth sports

Growing economic inequality and dwindling school budgets are creating barriers for kids who want to participate in organized sports. A school in Houston is aiming to narrow the gap and give their kids a shot on the field.

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Golfer works to broaden her sport’s reach

Mackenzie Mack is bringing golf to a wider range of youth, particularly those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.

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Free sports equipment helps low-income kids get in the game

A Maryland physical education teacher was struggling with a bare-bones equipment budget, and a college equipment manager based in New York saw extra gear collecting dust. Problem, meet solution.

Identity — Featured Episode

Redefining Asian representation in comedy

Asian comedians are finding their voices, attracting wide audiences, and breaking new ground.

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How one artist confronts racial slurs with humor

Kazua Melissa Vang talks about why community building is important to her as a filmmaker, photographer and artist and how she uses her alter ego to tackle Asian hate.

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Unapologetic, brazen and funny: Esther Ku's path to comedy success

An emerging comedian thrives on pushing boundaries while addressing Asian stereotypes.

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Prioritizing joy, humor, laughter — and badassery

Members of the Twin Cities-based comedy group FAWK (Funny Asian Women Kollective) Saymoukda Vongsay and May Lee-Yang, along with Chicago-based comedian Elizabeth Gomez, share how they created a space for Asian women comedians free of censorship and reflect on the recent anti-Asian violence.

The Workplace — Featured Episode

Holidays revisited

Public support for more culturally and religiously inclusive holidays has been gaining ground in the workplace and beyond.

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Inclusive holidays: A toolkit
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Capturing American holidays

In her long-term project, documentary photographer Julia Gillard explores what American holidays tell us about ourselves as a country.

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How inclusive holidays strengthen the workplace

A diversity, equity and inclusion expert weighs in on how learning and celebrating diverse holidays can bring us closer to our friends, family and colleagues.

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Annette Gordon-Reed on the meaning of Juneteenth

This summer, Juneteenth became a national holiday. Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed’s recent memoir ‘On Juneteenth’ explores the holiday’s significance and her own childhood memories celebrating Juneteenth in Texas.

Dimensions of Health — Featured Episode

Plenty of room for improvement

Diagnoses, whether determined by patients or medical practitioners, are subject to error.

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Woman suffers 13 years without a diagnosis, only to find out she’s a ‘textbook case’

Talia El-Zaatari was told her pain was ‘all in her head’ until surgery revealed a disease common for 1 in 10 women of reproductive age.

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3 sites for self-diagnosing medical ills

Symptom checkers can arm people with information before a doctor’s visit, but experts point to a downside: a high probability for misdiagnosis. Here are the highest-ranked online tools for finding out what ails you.

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Swipe, tap and diagnose. Simple as that, right?

Alone and afraid, an American college student studying abroad turned to the internet for answers about a host of increasingly painful and alarming symptoms. At first, she concluded it was Covid-19. More searches, and a doctor’s visit, revealed the truth.

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