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Outreach With A Wrench In Homer, Alaska

Brant "Boog" Torsen can't fix everyone's cars for cookies. Wouldn't have much of a business if he did. But he knows that when you've got a repair garage in a place like Homer, sometimes folks need a little help to make sure the town's nickname — "The End of the Road" — doesn't apply to them.

That's why Boog's done everything from "fixing engines to replacing turn signal bulbs," for nothing more than handshakes and once, a plate of double chocolate chip cookies.

"I wouldn't look it," Boog says with a pat on his oil-stained shirt, "but I can't bake worth a lick."

Nathan Rott was the 2010 recipient of The NPR/Washington Post Stone and Holt Weeks Fellowship.

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A Conversation With "Broad City" Co-Star Abbi Jacobson

What do Michelle Obama, Anna Wintour and Michael Jordan carry in their bags? Abbi Jacobson imagines the things you might find in her new illustrated book, "Carry This Book." We talk to the "Broad City" co-star about what you can learn from the contents of bags—and her success creating and starring in the hit Comedy Central show.

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New Approaches To Tackling Local Youth Hunger

The First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and other regional leaders are exploring new, innovative ways to combat local food insecurity.


Some Machines Are Flipping Votes But That Doesn't Mean They're Rigged

As early voting starts, there are scattered reports of touchscreen voting machines "flipping" votes from one candidates to another. But old voting machines, not a "rigged" election is likely blame.

Social Media Company Twitter Struggles Financially

Steve Inskeep talks to Emily Bell, director for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School, about the challenges Twitter faces.

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