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Lunch shaming is on its way out of schools

Aug 11, 2017
Local school policies address how to deal with unpaid meal charges.
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Teachers spend hundreds of dollars on back to school supplies

Aug 11, 2017
We spoke with a Los Angeles teacher about the school supplies she buys for her classroom each year, and what she wishes the school budget would cover.
A school teacher shops for back to school supplies in California. 
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Detroit's chief storyteller says it's time to talk to about neighborhoods that persevered

Jul 24, 2017
Aaron Foley says there are "680,000 stories waiting to be told. Not all of them come from downtown."
Aaron Foley says he heard about the Detroit race riots at home, and “hardly anybody wanted to really go in depth and talk about.” Above, a group of men in Detroit construct a barricade to keep their street safe during the 1967 riots.
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A tale of two minimum wages

Jun 30, 2017
Young women in Louisiana and Los Angeles talk about getting by in the bottom tax brackets.
Protesters gathered at a rally for minimum wage in New York City. 
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How to help your pup keep calm and carry on this Fourth of July

Jun 30, 2017
Firework pharmacopeia for our furry friends.
A dog wearing an American flag.
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Whole Foods Market employees and union activists protest outside a Whole Foods Market store, calling on the company to increase its wages to $15 an hour.
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A former coal miner's take on the declining industry

Jun 23, 2017
It's a small part of Kentucky's economy, but it plays a big role in politics.
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Crowdfunding for your life

Jun 23, 2017
The online safety net may not be without its gaping holes.
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For many Haitians, street dispensaries are the only source of medicine

What’s a street dispensary? It’s “a sort of chemical Babel Tower,” according to Arnaud Robert, who reported on these Haitian pharmacies for the June 2017 issue of National Geographic. But the street vendors are not pharmacists, and their wares are not…

Grilling industry leader gives us some tips for this weekend's barbecue

Jun 16, 2017
Chances are, you're probably grilling this weekend.
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