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The Bronx, NY -- Still Rising From The Ashes

The Bronx has long been seen as a symbol of America’s failings.  For many people here, ‘making it’ means escaping the crime and poverty of their borough.  But some have refused to flee. This episode shines a light on the hold-outs and the dreamers, people who’ve committed their lives to keeping chaos at bay in the Bronx.

Segment A
In photos of the South Bronx from the 1970s and 80s, you just see empty lots, rubble, and abandoned buildings.  It looks uninhabitable, but a whole generation grew up as fires raged around them.  In this segment we see the Bronx burning through the eyes of Vivian Vasquez, who was just a kid back then.  And we hear the story of one woman’s ingenious plot to defend the buildings on her block as the fires got closer and closer.

Segment B
Bronx tenant Jacqueline Rodriquez goes on a quest to track down her missing landlord, and unravels a recession-era tale of Bronx abandonment.  Then, we meet Jahlove Serrano, 24: model, dancer, activist.  Jahlove is determined to reach out to teenagers in the Bronx, to give them the information he wishes he’d had when he contracted HIV at age 15.  But first, he has to find a way to cope with his own diagnosis.

Segment C
Phil Black is one of those hardworking New Yorkers with a double life:  Bronx public school teacher by day and Ghanaian hip-hop producer by night.  As he pulls Ghanaian teenagers out of street life and into “hip-life”, he finds himself at the forefront of a new international music scene.  Then, we listen in on the secret lives of sanitation workers as they wind their way through the Bronx, picking up your garbage.  Finally, we find out that the most fun people to hang out with in the Bronx are actually… Franciscan friars?

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

NPR

Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

NPR

Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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