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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

5 July 2016

United Kingdom

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During the twentieth century, imagery on cigarette packs communicated that smoking was cool and young, and it encouraged young people, as well as adults, to smoke. In 2012, Australia started “unbranding the pack,” whi...

The Guardian

Patrick Chalmers

2 July 2016

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Low voter turnouts, populists offering half-truths, corporate interests, and the blurring of facts in the media are signs that democracy around the world is in turmoil. Internationally, citizens have assembled differe...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Kavitha Cardoza

30 June 2016

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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Padua Project is an innovative program that has a goal of getting poor people out of poverty in three years with a job, three months’ savings and off government assistance. Its unusual success involved a collaboration...

WHYY

Jim Saksa

24 June 2016

Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, many cities face challenges in implementing Complete Street policies to improve street and transportation safety in urban cores. The cities and organizations that have done this successfully offer ide...

The Guardian

Lois Beckett

23 June 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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In the wake of high-profile shootings, proposals such as banning assault weapons gain momentum. But there are solutions few national politicians are looking at that take a very different tack.

The Atlantic

Alana Semuels

31 May 2016

Salem, Oregon, United States

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States deal with poverty and employment differently, depending on their state legislature and, historically, their racial composition. Oregon is a predominantly white state with some of the most generous welfare and e...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Leila Atassi

18 May 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cure Violence is a the national non-profit organization that for 16 years has helped multiple cities adopt strategies for violence prevention that mirror those used in disease control. Programs employ trained “violenc...

El Paso Times

Lindsey Anderson

17 May 2016

El Paso, Texas, United States

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In an attempt to curb risky alcohol use and its consequences, advocates and researchers are launching two initiatives in El Paso – one to get people to reconsider their drinking habits, and another to reduce underage ...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Sara Dorn

16 May 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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In Washington, D.C., defendants appear in court within 24 hours of their arrest and many are freed from jail without having to make bail. The process is efficient, relying on a coordinated system of risk assessment an...

The Wire

Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

30 March 2016

Delhi, India

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According to new Indian laws, if a Good Samaritan helps a road accident victim they should expect to be treated with respect by hospitals, the courts and the police.

The Post Crescent

Keegan Kyle

17 March 2016

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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The state of Wisconsin has a teen suicide rate three-times greater than the national average. Lawmakers have scrambled to address and provide greater access to mental health services in the state by offering temporary...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Armando Trull

24 February 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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When lawmakers try to tackle gun violence, they often turn to measures like adding police officers or cracking down on illegal guns. But what happens when they treat violent crime as a public-health problem? Counselor...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Sukey Lewis

23 February 2016

Richmond, California, United States

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With homicides up 50 percent last year, the D.C. Council is backing a controversial new crime bill aimed at stopping the violence. It’s modeled in part on a 9-year-old program in Richmond, California. Each year, 50 yo...

BBC

Fi Glover

Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

17 February 2016

Portugal

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By decriminalizing drug possession, Portugal removed a barrier preventing addicts from reaching out for help. The country treats drug use as a public health concern, offering free rehabilitation services and a needle ...

BBC

Madeline Taylor

14 February 2016

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has pioneered a methodology that has resulted in getting most of its electricity from hydroelectric plants, reversing deforestation through implementing financial incentives and achieving a 99 percent fossi...

BBC

Fi Glover

Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

3 February 2016

Estonia

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Government services are easily accessible in Estonia in part because everything is online. A digital signature carries the same weight as a physical signature, and data is shared between offices allowing forms such as...

Chicago Tribune

Bill Ruthhart

26 December 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Rahm Emanuel fired Garry McCarthy, Chicago Police Superintendent, following the release of a video of a cop fatally shooting Laquan McDonald, which has led to a search for a new superintendent. The hope is that the ne...

The New York Times

Sabrina Tavernise

21 December 2015

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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For decades, Missouri had restrictive gun laws, but after relaxing them in 2007, there has been an uptick in gun deaths. Gun control legislation that restricts criminals' access could be the solution.

Center for Public Integrity

Amy Isackson

10 December 2015

San Bernadino, California, United States

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Police officers in schools can turn minor disciplinary indiscretions into criminal justice matters and foment the school-to-prison pipeline. To lower arrests, some California districts have imposed formal limits on po...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 December 2015

Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

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Portugal has gone perhaps the farthest in decriminalizing drug use. It hasn't stopped drug usage, but it has reduced deaths, the spread of H.I.V., drug crime, and imprisonment.

Al Jazeera

Ndoni Khanyile

4 December 2015

Sukhrali, Haryana, India

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The rapid development of emerging economies across Asia and Africa is lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty - but there is much debate as to how to best structure this growth. If these economies evolve...

Respekt

Tomáš Lindner

23 November 2015

Stuttgart, Germany

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Germany admitted around 1 million refugees in 2015. Different parts of the country have experienced success and failure. In Fischen, housing refugees is still a challenge, but business mentors have found a success in ...

The Guardian

Mark Anderson

4 November 2015

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Information is essential to build trust between the government and the governed, create accountability, and oppose systemic corruption. In Tanzania, a series of initiatives are working to collect, disseminate, and cre...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

3 November 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Hyper-polarization on an issue hinders progress. The Convergence Center for Policy Resolution uses conflict resolution classes to help opponents across the U.S. find common ground on social issues like education, nour...

The Guardian

Tina Rosenberg

3 November 2015

Chiapas, Mexico

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El Poder del Consumidor is an organization fighting Coca-Cola's power over health care decisions in Mexico. The organization tried many tactics but only found success after finding friends with enough money to compete...

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