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PBS Frontline

Atul Gawande

3 August 2011

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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The highest hospital costs come from preventable emergency room visits. A doctor in Camden developed a home visit program which gives better and cheaper care.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

14 July 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A non-traditional program called the Family Independence Initiative (F.I.I.), uses a radically different approach from the traditional American social service model to empower entire families alleviate themselves from...

The New York Times

Gardiner Harris

10 July 2011

Roanoke, Virginia, United States

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Miscommunication is the leading cause of medical errors, so medical schools in the U.S. are testing aspiring doctors' communication and team work abilities during admissions.

Wall Street Journal

Geeta Anand

4 June 2011

New Delhi, India

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The country of India has long suffered from extreme income inequalities, with many poor children growing up with lackluster education. The Right to Education Act, passed in 2009, requires elite private schools to admi...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 May 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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First Book Marketplace, which makes quality, new books affordable for children in low-income families, is providing not only improved access to engaging educational materials, but a sense of dignity and self worth tha...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 May 2011

Nanyuki, Laikipia, Kenya

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Most insurance companies avoid insuring poor farmers because the transaction costs are too high, but a non-profit in Kenya created a sustainable way to cover them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Kristen A. Graham

Susan Snyder

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Dylan Purcell

1 April 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Often social programs at schools fail because they are not implemented fully or over a long enough period. One school in Philadelphia attributes their success in decreasing violence to having a long-term principal, a ...

Inside Climate News

Maria Gallucci

28 March 2011

Reno, Nevada, United States

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In a campaign to boost community interest in and use of urban wind power, city officials in Reno, Nevada, are helping consumers take the guesswork out of buying home turbines. Through an online consumer guide called t...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 March 2011

Kenya

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Americans often want to connect to a cause beyond writing a check. Crowdsourcing is creating new forms of philanthropy globally, giving donors more choice and a stronger connection to the projects they fund.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

14 January 2011

Tamkuha, Bihar, India

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A follow-up article on Husk Power Systems, which has created a scalable system to turn rice husks into electricity that is reliable, eco-friendly and affordable for families in India. The company bases their business ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 December 2010

Bogota, Colombia

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A shortage of incubators in a Bogota hospital was causing rampant infections among newborns. Kangaroo care, a system where the infant's mother is employed as a human incubator, was created and solved the shortage prob...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

3 December 2010

Tehran, Iran

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Two columns on how Iran is treating its massive epidemic of injecting drug use by tackling it as a health problem, effectively lowering H.I.V. rates among drug users using an approach to drugs known as harm reduction.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

1 November 2010

Minnesota, United States

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Americans don’t save enough - in 2005, Americans’ personal savings rate was negative for the first time since the Great Depression ─ instead of piling up savings, we are piling up debt. Two behavioral economics column...

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

3 November 2009

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Dr. Brent James, chief quality officer at Intermountain Healthcare, came up with a system for regulating and improving healthcare in the Intermountain medical region and at other hospitals nationwide. He teaches a pro...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 April 2004

Ndumu, South Africa

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DDT was banned in the United States in 1972 because of the harm it can cause to the natural environment when it is sprayed in mass quantities over large areas. However, spraying DDT on the walls inside of homes is the...

SFGate

Kevin Fagan

4 December 2003

San Francisco, California, United States

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To combat rampant homelessness, cities like New York are investing in supportive housing and comprehensive, consistent services for the homeless population. Although San Francisco has smaller-scale supportive housing ...

Christian Science Monitor

Amy Yee

18 July 2000

New York, New York, United States

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New York City’s Apple Seed program gets children who live in the city to experiment, engage with, and learn from nature. The program – which has reached over 4,000 kids in New York Public Schools – teaches children ab...

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