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Soap Operas With a Social Message

The New York Times

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By depicting crucial social issues such as infant mortality, domestic abuse, and alcoholism, TV and radio soap operas are being used internationally as a powerful tool for mass behavior change.

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After the Delhi gang rape, Indian TV dramas go feminist

Global Post

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India’s television serials are ubiquitous and wildly influential, bringing families of every background together every night. For some producers and screenwriters, that reach comes with responsibility, as they use their medium to fight rape and gendered violence.

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How to Reduce Police Violence

Scientific American

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Police, policy makers and scientists are scrambling for answers about how to combat excessive—and often deadly—force against African-Americans. The Center for Policing Equity has the strongest data yet on how often officers use force on the job and how those actions differ according to the race o...

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Evolving a City

On Being

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David Sloan Wilson takes what he knows about evolution and applies it to social groups in his hometown of Binghamton to show how people can live at their best for the good of the whole. He discusses how cities and communities can be improved in favor of social cooperation by applying the ingredie...

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Winning the Campaign to Curb Teen Pregnancy

The New York Times

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Compared with other developed countries, the United States has a higher rate of teenage pregnancy. However, Colorado has collaborated with foundations, private donors, and has taken advantage of Obamacare’s coverage to offer free long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) for several years. Th...

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Tanzania Reality Show Tackles Gender Inequality, Awards Women Farmers Cash And Farm Tools

The Huffington Post

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Many unskilled workers in Tanzania are women and, due to gender inequality, they are often disregarded and live with economic hardship. Oxfam Tanzania has a reality show that raises awareness of women farmers. The winners of the show go use their notoriety to promote women’s rights and improve th...

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The Sesame Street of Sex Ed: Ugandan Show Uses Puppets to Break Taboos

News Deeply

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Uganda has some of the highest fertility and HIV prevalence rates in the world. Yet the government has banned comprehensive sexuality education in schools, and parents feel uncomfortable talking about the taboo subject. So Chicken & Chips, a television show about puppets, was created to educate t...

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How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive

Bloomberg

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In many parts of the United States, people struggle with economic mobility and achieving the American Dream. Salt Lake City’s rate of economic mobility is at the highest in the country. An investigative journalist explores the Mormon-influenced structure of charitable giving and various social fa...

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The High Price of Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Life

The New York Times Magazine

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Young adults who decide to abandon their cloistered Jewish communities have only one another to help them navigate the alternate reality of modern-day New York. Leaving their families and life can be extremely difficult in a myriad of ways, 'Footsteps', is a nonprofit organization that brings for...

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In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio

The New York Times

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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 relatively low expense of radio afford the medium its popularity.

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