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How a stained glass business is holding up in a shaky economy

Jul 9, 2020
A family business that's endured for five generations figures out new ways to stay relevant.
Stained glass artwork hangs at Judson Studios in South Pasadena, California.
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The complicated history of McDonald's and Black America

Jul 6, 2020
Author Marcia Chatelain examines the fast-food chain's relationship with its Black franchisees and consumers.
Black Lives Matter protesters march past a Philadelphia McDonald's restaurant.
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Could a building extend your lifespan?

Jun 24, 2020
An excerpt from "The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape our Behavior, Health and Happiness."
The exterior of the concept design home "Reversible Destiny Lofts MITAKA: In Memory of Helen Keller" in Tokyo, Japan.
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How a forgotten 1965 law paved the way for today's battles over immigration

Jun 23, 2020
Author Jia Lynn Yang describes how a law meant to maintain the country's white racial majority led to more diversity.
The sun sets behind the Statue of Liberty, an iconic symbol of welcome.
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How Japan's superfans taught the world to love pop culture

Jun 17, 2020
Author Matt Alt describes how Japan's pop culture, and its superfans, shaped sensibilities the world over.
A shop in New York celebrates Hello Kitty's 45th birthday in 2019. Japanese pop culture is known far and wide.
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Soap saves countless lives every year. Here's how it was invented

May 25, 2020
Cody Cassidy, author of "Who Ate the First Oyster?" said the inventor of soap had no idea about its life-saving potential.
More soap use can save lives, the World Health Organization says.
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When America learned that screens could teach

May 13, 2020
Fifty years ago, an experimental television program called "Sesame Street" hit the airwaves and changed America.
In the late 1960s and 70s, experimental television programs including Sesame Street, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Schoolhouse Rock proved that television could educate.
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Underestimated and underrepresented in an industry that wasn't built for you

May 5, 2020
Arlan Hamilton's new book gives readers a look at her journey from food stamps to being on th ecover of "Fast Company."
Arlan Hamilton, author of "It's About Damn Time" and founder of Backstage Capital.
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What it's like to navigate the first year of motherhood without a stable home

Apr 28, 2020
Data can tell us who is on welfare, but not what it's like to to live in the system.
A woman feeds a baby at a Thanksgiving meal hosted by the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, California, in 2015.
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How much is a human life worth?

Apr 23, 2020
Civil courts, for-profit companies and regulators regularly put price tags on human lives. But how?
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