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Black Lives Matter Co-Founder at Bradley University

One of the women who founded Black Lives Matter wants a grassroots movement to counter what she calls the suppression of African American opportunity. Patrisse Cullors told an audience at Bradley University, today’s political environment is not new. She compares it to the time when she grew up in the 1980s and early 90s. Cullors says she was, “a young child in Los Angeles witnessing the decimation of over incarceration and over-policing in my neighborhood, witnessing the decimation of a lack...

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Where Do Video Gaming Funds From Illinois Communities Go?

More than $55 million went back to Illinois municipalities from video gaming in 2016. But how do those communities use those funds? Springfield Budget Director Bill McCarty says the city received about $1.5 million from video gaming last year. Those funds generally contribute to the city’s capital improvement projects, like sidewalk and street maintenance. However, McCarty says, they haven’t had to dip into the video gaming money yet, thanks to a sales tax increase also contributing to the...

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A Difficult Childhood Inspires A Dad To Do Better

Michael Ryan, 45, is a juvenile judge in Cleveland, Ohio. And like many of the kids who end up in his courtroom, he didn't have an easy childhood. He adored his mother, he tells his son — also named Michael, 19, at StoryCorps in Cleveland, but she was addicted to heroin. "My mother and my stepdad, they were more concerned about that next high than necessarily whether or not we were going to school," he says. "I saw a lot of things that kids should not ever witness. I saw your grandmother...

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Yet another proposal aims to get the state out of crisis.

President Trump's love for the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference was palpable from the beginning of his speech Friday morning.

"I love this place. I love you people," the president said. "I wouldn't miss a chance to talk to my friends. These are my friends."

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London Bridge isn't falling down, but Britain's Parliament building — which sits along the River Thames and includes Big Ben — needs a ton of work. U.K. lawmakers are now analyzing a massive rehab plan that will cost billions of dollars and could force legislators to work somewhere else for years.

Readers asked: "When a humanitarian group has helped a community become self-sustaining, how can the group create a good 'exit strategy.'"

Our sources answered: Create the exit strategy from the get-go.

In the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles, residential streets dead end at oil refineries. Diesel trucks crawl through, carrying containers from nearby ports. Longtime resident Magali Sanchez Hall says the pollution from all that has taken a toll, right on the street where she lives.

"The people that live here, the mother died of cancer," she says, pointing to a modest one-story home. "The people that live here, three people died of cancer."

Spread The Word: Butter Has An Epic Backstory

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Among the rolling hills of ancient Africa, sometime around 8000 B.C., a dusty traveler was making gastronomic history, quite by accident.

Thirsty from a long, hot journey, the weary herdsman reached for the sheepskin bag of milk knotted to the back of his pack animal. But as he tilted his head to pour the warm liquid into his mouth, he was astonished to find that the sheep's milk had curdled. The rough terrain and constant joggling of the milk had transformed it into butter --- and bewilderingly, it tasted heavenly.

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Spirit Of Inquiry.

About Liz Coleman's TED Talk

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions & take more risks.

About Liz Coleman

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Spirit Of Inquiry.

About Kevin Jones' TED Talk

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

About Kevin Jones

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