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31 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Minding the Education Gap
Thetis White’s class is diverse—filled with students from different races and backgrounds, who are all taught by a Black man. That’s not uncommon at Monroe Elementary in Brooklyn Park, a diverse suburb of Minneapolis, but it is rare in Minnesota as a whole, where fewer than one percent of teachers are Black men. Experts say [...] Read More...
23 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
Becoming a Black Homeowner in the Twin Cities
Buying a home is a rite of passage, a life-changing step—but in the Twin Cities especially, this crucial key to accumulating and passing down wealth is much harder to come by if you are Black. Just 25 percent of Black residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul own their homes. That’s far below the national average, especially [...] Read More...
25 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Colorism and Skin Lightening Products
Especially in the United States, many think of racism as a black and white issue—but less talked about is colorism, the preference for lighter skin within communities of color. Safiya Mohamed is a Somali American journalism student at the University of St. Thomas, where our Under-Told Stories Project offices are based. Our PBS NewsHour report [...] Read More...
17 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Minnesotans, now more than ever, are waking up to the realities of racial inequity in their communities. In St. Paul, activists with ReConnect Rondo have a new suggestion: they want to build a land bridge over Interstate 94 to rejoin the old Rondo neighborhood, which was destroyed decades ago by the construction of the freeway. [...] Read More...
20 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Michael Osterholm on the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
It’s April 2021—the COVID-19 pandemic has been omnipresent for more than a year, and vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are rolling out across the United States. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve reported on essential workers, focusing especially on some of the most overlooked employees – in the U.S. some 50,000 meatpackers have had COVID-19 [...] Read More...
34 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
A Mother’s Love
Lisa Clemons is a former Minneapolis police officer who founded a non-profit called A Mother’s Love—a brigade of people in bright pink t-shirts trying to bring back the metaphorical village they say it takes to raise a child. Clemons dreamed of being a cop since she was young, but left the department 20 years ago for [...] Read More...
18 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Bringing Back the Buffalo
Charging Buffalo is the first butchering facility on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota – the economic development alone is welcome in one of the poorest communities in the United States, but a place that treats the sacred animal with honor and respect means something more. Bamm Brewer is a member of the Oglala [...] Read More...
25 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
The Condom King, Mechai Viravaidya
In the Bangkok restaurant Cabbages and Condoms, rubbers are everywhere: on sculptures, lanterns, even a condom Santa Claus at Christmastime. The place has become an icon for what’s widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful family planning programs. Bringing a little humor to a taboo-laden topic is the trademark of Mechai Viravaidya—or as [...] Read More...
31 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Defunding the Police
After police killed George Floyd on May 25, Minneapolis and St. Paul saw weeks of protests that spread across the world. Never before has such a clear demand emerged from the demonstrations: defund the police. The Minneapolis City council unanimously advanced a proposal at the end of June to create a new Department of Community Safety and [...] Read More...
23 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
“Minnesota Nice” if You’re White
Our team actually lives in St. Paul and Minneapolis…which, on a fateful day in late May, became the epicenter of a protest movement that’s swept the world since: the death of George Floyd. We’ve been on the frontlines of this story for the PBS NewsHour. Alongside NewsHour producers Mike Fritz and Sam Lane, we produced [...] Read More...
39 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Molly Melching’s Breakthrough in Senegal
Molly Melching arrived in Senegal in the 70s as a student for what was supposed to be just six months, but instead spent the majority of her life working through the organization she founded, Tostan—which means “breakthrough” in the Wolof language, to convince more than 8,000 communities across eight West African countries to abandon female [...] Read More...
19 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
George McGraw Digs Deep
George McGraw and his organization, Dig Deep, used to bring water access to communities in Africa. A few years ago, he turned his attention to the United States—he now works in the Navajo Nation. The native reservation spans twenty seven thousand square miles across parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, where 40 percent of the [...] Read More...
25 minutes | Mar 18, 2020
The Edna Adan Hospital
Somaliland, a region of Somalia that lay in ruin from years of war, suffers some of the world’s highest rates of infant and maternal mortality. But 15 years ago, Edna Adan fulfilled a lifelong dream by building a nonprofit hospital and nursing school to address the health needs of women. In this episode, we hear [...] Read More...
37 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
The Dalai Lama’s Doctor
The Monk Doctor: 72, shaved bald and draped in flowing maroon robes, Barry Kerzin gently presses his stethoscope to the neck of an elderly Tibetan man. He’s just as gentle with this patient as he is with a much more famous one: his holiness the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan spiritual leader now calls Kerzin, a [...] Read More...
33 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
Zola Nene’s Post-Apartheid Kitchen
In 1994, Nelson Mandela’s election marked the end of apartheid and the beginning of democracy in South Africa. But the scars of racial segregation haven’t healed yet. Infrastructure designed for 5 million white South Africans has failed to support the majority black population of over 56 million power outages and water shortages are a part [...] Read More...
19 minutes | Feb 10, 2020
The Leftover Landmines
Rebecca Letven is the Cambodia country director for the UK based Mines Advisory Group, or MAG, a non-governmental organization that works to clear explosives and return land to communities. These deadly remnants of the Cambodian civil war were planted in the late 1960s and early 70s by both the genocidal Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian [...] Read More...
37 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
The Sioux Chef’s Seat at the Table
While training as a chef, Sean Sherman learned French, Italian and other western styles of cooking, but he had no way of knowing what his ancestors ate. So he decided to find out himself. His cookbook, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen,” won a James Beard award in 2018. Today, he and his partner Dana Thompson [...] Read More...
17 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Jimmy Carter’s Post-Presidential Legacy
Jimmy Carter was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981, but he dove into humanitarian work as soon as his term was over. He’s worked to eradicate neglected tropical diseases and mediate age-old conflicts around the world including Sudan and South Sudan–two nations carved out of one after a bitter war that Carter [...] Read More...
24 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
Cambodia’s Orphans pt. 2: Pastor Ted Olbrich
In 2005 there were about 150 orphanages in Cambodia, but that number grew to more than 400 in 2019. But an estimated 80 percent of kids in Cambodia’s orphanages aren’t actually orphans. Evangelical Pastor Ted Olbrich runs one of the largest providers of orphan care in Cambodia. Foursquare Children of Promise is an explicitly Christian [...] Read More...
22 minutes | Jan 13, 2020
Cambodia’s Orphans pt. 1: Sebastien Marot
In 2005 there were about 150 orphanages in Cambodia, but that number grew to more than 400 in 2019. But an estimated 80 percent of kids in Cambodia’s orphanages aren’t actually orphans. Sebastien Marot’s Friends International social enterprise is working with the larger campaign to remove children from orphan care. In a courtyard near a busy [...] Read More...
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