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Community Funded Development

First there was Kickstarter, a crowdfunding company that raises money for new projects by asking individuals to donate in exchange for a token reward like a t-shirt or a personal thank-you note. Now by jumping through hoops in SEC regulations, entrepreneurs have set up crowdfunding platforms that allow ordinary people to invest online in local business ventures and see actual returns. With new crowdfunding rules on the horizon at the SEC, we look at how community-backed investments might shape development locally and nationwide.


From Trembling Teacher To Seasoned Mentor: How Tim Gunn Made It Work

Gunn, the mentor to young designers on Project Runway, has been a teacher and educator for decades. But he spent his childhood "absolutely hating, hating, hating, hating school," he says.

How Do We Get To Love At 'First Bite'?

It's the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat."

Osceola At The 50-Yard Line

The Seminole Tribe of Florida works with Florida State University to ensure it that its football team accurately presents Seminole traditions and imagery.

Reviving Payoff For Prediction – Of Terrorism Risk

Could an electronic market where people bet on the likelihood of attacks deter terrorism? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about the potential for a terror prediction market.

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