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14
May

How Europe Works

When Europe is mentioned in the news lately, it’s often about economic crisis or volcanic ash. Even with its current challenges, Steven Hill, author of Europe’s Promise, finds that Europe’s example offers …

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06
May

The Bay Area’s Jewish History

On KQED’s Forum this week, Fred Rosenbaum spoke to Michael Krasny about his book Cosmopolitans: A Social & Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area, in which he …

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30
Apr

State and Spirituality in China

The American Public Media program Speaking of Faith recently rebroadcast a 2008 interview with author Mayfair Yang, in which Yang and host Krista Tippett discuss intersections of religion and state in China, …

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29
Apr

A Documentary Tradition, Continued

Social documentary photographer Ken Light was featured this week on the New York Times Lens Blog, along with a slideshow of his photographs of Appalachian coal mining towns. These photos, along with …

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16
Apr

New Chapters in the Story of Life

Nature is full of surprises. Last week, researchers working in the Philippines confirmed that a giant tree-dwelling monitor lizard is a newly discovered species, Varanus bitatawa—a cousin of the Komodo dragon. Quietly …

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06
Apr

Kevin Bales: We Can Free Every Slave

There are 27 million slaves in the world today, with Iceland and Greenland the only two countries with no known cases of slavery, says Kevin Bales in this inspiring TED Conference talk …

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