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The Atlantic

Scott Stossel

1 January 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Anxiety is America's most common mental illness. One author describes how he battled the disease.

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Jennifer Ludden

1 January 2014

Chikwawa, Southern Region, Malawi

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In just the next couple of decades, the World Bank says, farmers across Africa could lose more than half their cropland to drought and heat - the issue is considered so pressing that, a few years ago, Malawi's Departm...

Urban Institute

Carlos Martín

19 December 2013

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Federal spending on utilities and repairs in public housing across the country has spiked dramatically, leaving system resources drained and creating a heavy burden for taxpayers to bear. Investments in energy efficie...

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Catherine Cheney

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19 December 2013

Henderson, North Carolina, United States

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Obesity has become a health crisis for many women in the African-American community, but a group known as GirlTrek is working to change this by making exercise a social norm and creating supportive connections between...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Baier

12 December 2013

Northfield, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota schools began a comprehensive program aimed at assisting children of minority groups to successfully navigate the college application process and push them towards higher education.

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Rob Gurwitt

11 December 2013

Omaha, Nebraska, United States

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Very few people go to city council meetings. MindMixer, a tech startup company, increased civic participation in states across the U.S., with online platforms for city officials and the community to discuss ideas.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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11 December 2013

Brazil

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• Physical illnesses trigger and exacerbate poverty because costs are too high to treat them. The Associação Saúde Criança in Rio de Janeiro counsels poor, urban families with ill children. Volunteers assist families ...

The Boston Globe

Tracy Jan

8 December 2013

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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In Iowa, the “redistricting” of the state’s legislative and congressional boundaries is done by mapmakers who abide by nonpartisan metrics that all sides agree are fair — a seemingly revolutionary concept in the high-...

The Seattle Times

Linda Shaw

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8 December 2013

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A lot of research backs the notion that parents play an important role in the academic success of their children, and their children’s schools. While too much parent involvement can cause problems, as happens in some ...

The Boston Globe

Matt Viser

8 December 2013

Pleasanton, California, United States

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California exemplifies a change to laws on how constituents can vote for candidates in a local election regardless of party affiliation, effectively breaking up the long-standing "monopolies" of incumbents and allowin...

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Zach Seward

5 December 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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With more and more Americans having to pay medical costs out of pocket, a small company out of Philadelphia called ELAP is on the front lines of the war against escalating charges. By helping overwhelmed patients to d...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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4 December 2013

California, United States

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Available statistics on hospital safety don’t tell the public what they need to know to make informed decisions. A dose of data to increase transparency and accountability could be the answer.

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

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27 November 2013

Tanzania

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In Tanzania, a country that has yet to fully embrace mobile phones and whose road infrastructure remains weak, farmers have embraced radio as a means of receiving pricing and planting information. The reach and relati...

Kaiser Health News

Ankita Rao

23 November 2013

Rockville, Maryland, United States

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In the United States approximately 15% Asian-Americans have no health insurance and have had a difficulty understanding the options available in the Affordable Care Act. Although the White House has reached out to Asi...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

21 November 2013

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Two Seattle middle schools saw dropping test scores and dwindling on-time graduation rates. In searching for a solution, they chose to focus on the students' poor attendance rate, and in turn saw student success leap ...

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Anna Clark

20 November 2013

Houston, Texas, United States

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Most U.S. cities are sitting on thousands of backlogged rape kits that have gone untested. Yet in 2010, Houston (under newly elected Mayor Annise Parker) began an effort that ultimately eliminated its own staggering b...

The New York Times

Jason Kass

18 November 2013

Peru

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More than one-third of the world’s population, approximately 2.5 billion people, doesn’t have access to a toilet. Ecological toilets that use natural composting to break down waste are simple to construct, waterless a...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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16 November 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Child obesity is decreasing even among poor children. Making healthy food more widely available, as well as using financial incentive programs, has greatly helped in increasing habits of healthy eating.

Orange County Register

Jordan England-Nelson

14 November 2013

Huntington Beach, California, United States

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The Twilight Education Club is a non-profit working to break down the barriers – transportation, child care and cost – that typically prevent the economically disadvantaged from accessing social services such as langu...

The Atlantic

Robinson Meyer

13 November 2013

Port-au-Prince, Philippines

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After typhoon Haiyan, the devastation to the Philippines was hard to locate and track. The Red Cross staffed volunteers to sort through crowd-sourced data to create maps. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap software applic...

The New York Times

Jason Silverstein

6 November 2013

Togo

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In communities across Africa, health workers are going house to house with medicine to combat lymphatic filariasis, which is the world’s second-largest cause of chronic disability. They are participating in a strategy...

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Kavitha Cardoza

2 November 2013

Shoreline, Washington, United States

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When adults want to return to school, they face many challenges including the experience of long waitlists for classes, and poor relevance to the job skills they need for future employment. The Washington state commu...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

27 October 2013

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Conventional wisdom holds that substantive change in public education moves at a glacial pace, and no one at White Center Heights is declaring victory yet. But after failing to gain traction for years, teachers there ...

The New York Times

Claire Martin

26 October 2013

United States

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Urbanites who want farm fresh eggs may not know what they're getting themselves into with a live chicken purchase—and wind up offloading their animals. A Pennsylvania couple began a sharing company called Rent the Chi...

Washington Post

Sarah Kliff

25 October 2013

Kentucky, United States

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Accessible affordable health care is needed for millions of uninsured Americans. The Affordable Care Act is a viable solution that helps the uninsured. Although the launching of the website had some glitches, many st...

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