Identity

Metamorphosis for the club scene

Experiences, facets and ideals that define us

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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.

Identity

Not short of ability

Experiences, facets and ideals that define us

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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.

Identity

The guardians of indigenous foods

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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.

Identity

The positive effects of Black male teachers

Experiences, facets and ideals that define us

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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.

Identity

Steps toward inclusivity among climbers

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More representation of people of color at climbing crags
Climbers of color are bringing attention to routes whose names can be perceived as racist or sexist.
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When a name is more than a name
Rock climbing is not insulated from systemic racism and oppression. Climber Melissa Utomo decided to use her technology background to address a noticeable part of the problem.
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Attention turns to a sport with room for improvement
Most climbers are white. As the makeup of their community expands, discussions – and initiatives – concerning racial equity emerge.

Identity

Houses of worship, version 2.0

Experiences, facets and ideals that define us

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'God was meeting me in my safe space'
After experiencing the dark side of the Seattle music scene, Mitch Luther moved to New York to join C3, a Christian Church that meets in unlikely venues. These days, he continues to rock, but now in Jesus' name.
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Communities of faith adapt new models to draw members
What attracts young adults to church –and what keeps them coming back? Hint: It’s not social media.
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Making a timeless message relevant to young people
Rob Ketterling, the lead pastor at River Valley Church, talks about the importance of his Minneapolis church’s use of technology and music to connect with younger congregants.

Identity

Understanding the spectrum of asexuality

Experiences, facets and ideals that define us

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The spectrum of asexuality often is misunderstood
The lack of understanding can lead to negative experiences for people who are asexual, or ace.
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Asexuality: nuance, not absence, of desire, attraction
Journalist and author Angela Chen was in the middle of a serious relationship when she asked a friend, 'What does sexual attraction feel like?'
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Aces have a question: what's so special about sex?
The societal norm of compulsory sexuality leaves aces feeling pressured or thinking that something is wrong with them, and sometimes vulnerable to negative experiences.

Identity

The sky is the limit

Experiences, facets and ideals that define us

In this episode 7 stories

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'We do stand on the shoulders of those before us'
With a little bit of happenstance and help from Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Justin Biassou found his way to his dream job.
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The bliss of flight: Pilot Lindsey Nicole Jefferies
Lindsey Nicole Jefferies, the first and only black female Blackhawk Pilot for the North Carolina National Guard, finds bliss in flying and her career.
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Aerospace and the giant leaps to address diversity
Engineers of color share their experiences in the aerospace industry as diversity and inclusion efforts expand.
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Coterie of pilots leaves imprint on their industry
These women and their cohorts are trailblazers and role models. And they’re steadfast supporters of each other.
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First in flight? Surprise: It's not the United States
India has the highest percentage of commercial pilots. There, it's 12.4%. In the U.S., the figure is 7%.
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Flight attendant 'can’t imagine a better lifestyle’
One flight attendant’s love affair with working in aviation.
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Stick with it, it’s bigger than you: life as a rocket scientist
Dr. Howard Conyers on becoming a rocket scientist, the importance of representation, and how students of color in STEM can be community leaders.

Identity

Non-white and Jewish in America

Experiences, facets and ideals that define us

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What it means to be Black and Jewish in America
To be each, rather than either, is both confluence and challenge.
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A minority within a minority
Jessica Kingston went to Catholic school, attended a Unitarian church as a child, and now seeks ways to make her temple more inclusive.
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Is Judaism a religion or an ethnicity?
Growing up, Francesca Aoki Biller knew her family looked slightly different from her mostly white, Jewish peers. But questions about religion and ethnicity weren't of much interest to her parents, so she started asking her own questions.

Identity

Beauty knows no gender

Experiences, facets and ideals that define us

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‘Transcending Self’: Telling the stories of non-binary youth
Annie Tritt is a non-binary photographic storyteller based in New York. “I was trying to figure out what a visual representation of living an authentic life it was,” Tritt said of her work.
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Gen Z influencers cast ‘wider net of what beauty can be’
Social media influencers embrace spectrum of gender identities and build communities that celebrate a ‘more democratic’ definition of beauty.
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‘A polarizing force of change’
Zola Chatman, a Chicago-based artist, musician and community organizer, says her Blackness, Queerness and Transness sit in a place that refutes so many societal norms when it comes to defining American identity.

Identity

Bias against Asians, then and now

Experiences, facets and ideals that define us

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Ways you can take action against anti-Asian bias
From supporting organizations to safety tips if you witness a hate crime, here are some ways to fight against Asian American discrimination.
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Japanese-American granddaughter questions internment
Mara Kumagai Klein (née Fink) explores her family's experiences in the internment camps during WWII. Mara spent the summer interviewing family members and revisiting the camps with them. She wondered "Why am I angrier about it than they are?"
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Whether overt or covert, the message is unmistakable
Asian Americans experience a rise in discriminatory acts, from instances of violence to shunning. ‘As a person of color, you don’t need words to be said when someone is treating you differently.’
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A quiet autumn day, a violent attack
Racism against Asian Americans is not new, but it has escalated since the start of the Covid pandemic.

Identity

Gathering around a cornucopia of cuisine

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Chef Vang’s Hmong cuisine honors cooking at home
Preparing food together — handing down recipes and techniques through the generations — helps preserve the Hmong culture.
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Ample helpings of culture are part of holiday rituals
Traditional immigrant dishes link family members near and far. But some are putting a new twist on food and gatherings.
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Traditional food connects family’s past and present
Jennifer Chau, the newly elected county attorney in Palacios, Texas, and her father, Lin Van Chau, the city’s first Vietnamese mayor, talk about how important food has been during the family's journey from Vietnam to Texas.

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