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Canadian-American couple Landon and Lisette Placey have lived and worked along the U.S.-Canadian border their whole lives and never thought they’d see it closed. After it did for non-essential travel in March 2020, and with its closure extended until this month, they reflect on the profound impact the pandemic has had on their lives.

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With a mic and recorder in hand, Aria Velasquez decided to capture the mix of urban noise that pervades daily life in New York City.

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Sea level rise is causing an increase in the frequency of high tide flooding to coastal communities around the country. As groups work to address the threat and increase their resilience, they’re making sure low-income communities are not left behind.

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Medical illustrator Marsha Jessup discusses her family history and how she found success in a unique profession at the intersection of biology and the arts.

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EMT workers fight to save lives while risking their own. Low pay, high stress and mental health dangers have caused some to abandon the industry.

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Gaelynn Lea's pandemic year of music and activism

When the singer-songwriter and disability rights advocate from Duluth, Minn., saw how Covid-19 was disproportionately affecting people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, she decided to raise her voice and do something about it in her hometown.

Quest for justice resumes as courtrooms open doors

The U.S. judicial system is designed for face-to-face experiences, but the pandemic changed that dynamic. As courts return to open sessions, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys work to dig out of the deep backlog.

Senior workers man the front lines despite coronavirus risk

For millions of seniors, working during the pandemic is a life-threatening gamble as Covid-19 disproportionately affects the elderly. Debrah Dubay, who works at a hardware store in Taos, N.M., shares why she’s still going.

Spring break 2021: Students balance risks, rewards

The pandemic put a damper on college spring break 2020. One year later, college students — and administrators — consider alternative options as safety takes precedence over fun.

CCNY students fight for flexible grading during Covid

When The City College of New York undergraduate student president, Shza Zaki saw how the fallout from Covid-19 was hurting her classmates and their grades, she decided to speak up.

Remote-learning issues and pragmatic problem-solving

Student absence rates soared during the 2020-21 school year, but U.S. school districts, educators, and parents found some creative ways to satisfy elemental needs for online instruction.

Enterprising crafters help fulfill a critical need

With every stitch, solo mask makers have helped to keep millions safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. More than a year after the pandemic emerged, their face coverings are still necessary.

Indigenous communities: Not monolithically Latino

Recognizing that many immigrants are neither Mexican nor Spanish speaking, a major part of the Comunidades Indígenas en Liderazgo mission is Indigenous interpretation, which has provided valuable information about Covid.

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Women in music take lead in the executive ranks

More women are making major moves and pushing for much needed change in the music industry.

Newlyweds produced award-winning film on immigration while on their honeymoon

Instead of spending money on a fancy trip, novice documentary filmmakers Michelle Nuñez and Raymond Remo traveled to Mexico to produce their first film, “El Pinche Gringo and the Barbecue Diplomacy.”

‘SecondActWomen’ share advice on starting a business and pivoting in midlife

Searching for a new career path can be a daunting task for women over 50. ‘SecondActWomen’ helps women start companies, change careers and stay employed.

A Black mother contemplates the future she envisions for her son

In the wake of protests in response to the murder of George Floyd, Shannon Gibney wonders how her son will impact change.

Virtual visits: a good change for incarcerated families?

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has instituted video visitations. Some feel this could be a lower cost and a more humane way to connect incarcerated people with loved ones and aid reintegration with the outside world, but others worry it could end in-person visits.

'This isn’t a sprint. We’re in a marathon'

Irna Landrum, who lives near George Floyd Square, shares with photographer Nina Robinson how she is living through this historic moment.

Tender moment disrupts Black fatherhood narrative

Photographer Patience Zalanga describes what she saw in this quiet moment in George Floyd Square, and what it can teach us.

My son wonders if George Floyd memorial will live on

Photographer Kyndell Harkness reflects on bringing her son, William, to George Floyd Square in June 2020.