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Reforms Split Church Community

Vinton, IA

Iowa Public Radio – More than a year later, the Lutheran Church is still reeling from their general assembly’s decision to bring gay, partnered pastors into the fold. For a number of Iowa’s congregations, the move divided the community. Kate Wells visits one small town church that’s trying to move forward.

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Haiti’s Presidential Candidates Campaign – in Boston

Boston, MA

WBUR – Haiti’s presidential candidates are coming to Boston to campaign, even though many Haitians here are naturalized U.S. citizens and cannot vote in their homeland. But if Haitians living abroad can’t vote, why come all the way here? Bianca Vazquez Toness reports.

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The Scars of Agent Orange

California and Vietnam

The California Report (Part 1)- California is home to many Vietnamese-Americans who fought alongside the U.S. during the Vietnam war. Over time, these soldiers developed cancers because of their exposure to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange. But K. Oanh Ha reports while American-born vets can get medical care and disability compensation for their Agent Orange-related illnesses, America’s former allies get no such benefits.

(Part 2) Vietnam reports more than 3 million people suffer from disabilities and cancers because of Agent Orange. K. Oanh Ha traveled to Vietnam to explore the plight of America’s former allies. 


Some Soldiers Use Steroids to be Army Strong

Seattle, WA
KUOW – The Go Army website poses a simple question to potential recruits: How strong do you want to be? Despite rigorous training, some service members have turned to steroids to help them bulk up. Last year an investigation into steroid use at Joint Base Lewis-McCord resulted in disciplinary action for a dozen men. Patricia Murphy has this report, produced in collaboration with The Seattle Times.


As Former Industrial City Moves Forward, Some Left Behind

Pittsburgh, PA

Changing Gears – Pittsburgh is looking up these days. Many point to the steel mills transformed into technology parks, or the slight uptick in population as signs that Pittsburgh could be a model for the rest of the industrial Midwest, but as Dan Bobkoff reports, all this doesn’t mean Pittsburgh is out of the woods. 

Money Tight? Turn Your Kitchen into a Restaurant

Seattle, WA

N3 – In the down economy some people are turning to off-the-books business models. High-priced underground restaurants have been popular with foodies, but some families have begun selling meals from home kitchens just to scrape by. Anna King found one such business — a black-market Peruvian restaurant. She has our story from somewhere south of Seattle.

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Scientists Hit Archeological Jackpot

Snowmass, CO

KDNK – Nestled just outside Snowmass Ski Resort, researchers think they’ve stumbled onto one of the most significant archeological finds to date. A slew of fossilized mammoths, mastodons and other ice age creatures are turning up at a dizzying rate. Conrad Wilson visited the site and brings this account.


Monitoring Guinea’s Election from New York

New York, NY

WNYC – In the West African nation of Guinea, officials are still counting ballots in a very close run-off election for President. This vote could transform Guinea into a democracy after decades of dictatorial rule. And in New York, a group of international volunteers called Alliance Guinea has found an unusual way to support the country’s transition. Marianne McCune reports they are using crowdsourcing tools to map voting problems and successes being observed in Guinea and sent to the Alliance via text message.



Looking Back at a Storm No One Saw Coming

Central Minnesota

MPR – On November 11, 1940, a deadly blizzard struck the region; The Armistice Day Storm killed 49 people in Minnesota, 150 nationwide. One of the most tragic chapters of the storm occurred on the rivers, lakes and wetlands of the Midwest where hundreds of duck hunters were trapped by the storm. Mark Steil reports there was practically no warning the blizzard was on its way.

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Audio Postcard: Serenading Commuters

Washington, DC

WAMU – For years, a group of a cappella singers have been crooning to commuters zipping around Metro Center. They call themselves “After the Storm,” and Yanmei Xie has an audio postcard from underground.

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Teachers Get an Education on Islam

Los Angeles, CA

KPCC – Some L.A. Unified teachers recently took part in a workshop about one of the key issues of our time: Islam and the Arab world. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.


Finally, Trial Starts for Accused in Elizabeth Smart Case

Salt Lake City, UT

KUER – Eight years after Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping, the trial opened for the man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting the Salt Lake City when she was a teenager. Jenny Brundin reports. 

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Biggest Spending Contender in American History Loses

Sacramento, CA

The California Report – Jerry Brown won the governor’s seat, bucking the national trend of GOP victories. John Myers reports.


Economy Isn’t Top Issue In CT Race

Fairfield, CT

WSHU – This year’s election is supposed to be all about the economy. And while the subject is on the mind of voters in Connecticut, the campaigns in the state’s hard-fought U.S. Senate race have focused more on the candidates’ character and their experience. Craig LeMoult reports.

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