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Serve & Protect?

A History of the Police

On this episode, we’re looking at the history of policing in America, and how the police forces we’re familiar with today begin to take shape – and we’ll consider what happens when the police don’t protect those they serve.

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What Gives

Generosity in America

Public radio listeners, beware: pledge drive season is upon us. So in this episode, we ask, “What gives?” The stories we’re working on explore giving in American history and consider the meaning of charity, philanthropy and reciprocity.

Little Feet

Children Starting Over in America

Immigrant children have been streaming here in record numbers. This isn’t the first time minors have made treacherous journeys to U.S., but history hasn’t treated them all alike. How have past generations behaved toward the youngest of migrants?

Pitch a Show

Spring/Summer 2014

Last year we received nearly 200 pitches for show topics — some of which made it on the air! Listeners suggested episodes about higher ed and U.S.-Mexico relations, and lots of individual stories also had their origins in your brains. Help us keep up the process!


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