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Power of the Pack
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
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What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection

Wolves are not often thought of as therapy animals, but Wolf Connections is changing that perception while helping young people…

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Wolves are not often thought of as service animals, but Wolf Connections is changing that perception while helping troubled youth in the process. 

Wolf Connection is a wolf sanctuary that provides an education and empowerment program geared towards teens who are struggling through a variety of behavioral issues. At-risk youth from all walks of life learn about nature and conservation, they’re able to work through the challenges in their lives,…

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The Snake Milk King
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The Snake Milk King

Enter the Kentucky Reptile Zoo—one of the largest collections of venomous reptiles in the world—and meet Jim Harrison, the man…

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Enter the Kentucky Reptile Zoo—one of the largest collections of venomous reptiles in the world—and meet Jim Harrison, the man that spent his 42-year career milking King Cobras for anti-venom and saving lives across the globe. He’s a former cop, bounty hunter, and professional kickboxer - but for decades now his main focus has been extracting venom from snakes, or “snake milking.” He and his wife, Kristen Wiley, run the…

Catalysts
Could This Be the Future of Foster Care?
Could This Be the Future of Foster Care?
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Catalysts
Could This Be the Future of Foster Care?

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Peppers Ranch is a community of a dozen families raising at least five foster kids. Is it a model for providing better foster care to more kids?

In this episode of Catalysts, we visit Peppers Ranch and meet some of the people and families who call it home. We talk to foster child Scott, who was close to aging out of foster care but unprepared to live on his own.…

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Community Policing is Back in Vogue. But Does it Work?
Community Policing is Back in Vogue. But Does it Work?
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Community Policing is Back in Vogue. But Does it Work?

As police departments look for ways to rebuild trust with their communities, an increasing number are turning to new community…

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As police departments look for ways to rebuild trust with their communities, an increasing number are turning to new community policing programs. But are they effective? As with most things, it depends on what you measure.

An App to Help Prevent Suicide
An App to Help Prevent Suicide
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An App to Help Prevent Suicide

Meet the teens who built the notOK App: a "panic button" for people who need help.

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After her struggle with disease lead to a suicide attempt, she came up with an idea for an app to help desperate people reach out. Her brother helped write notOK, an app that works like a panic button to help people having suicidal thoughts quickly reach out to trusted contacts for support.

When the user hits the button, it both sends the contacts a message asking them to get in…

What We Get Wrong About Love
What We Get Wrong About Love
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What We Get Wrong About Love

Why are we so bad at love?

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Love is important to all of us - so why aren’t we better at it? Nate Bagley, host of the Loveumentary podcast, interviewed hundreds of successful couples. He found many traditional ideas of love are wrong.

In this interview, he explains how to have better relationships and reveals key insights about love that aren’t taught in school. He hopes that by improving our love lives, we can learn to foster…

Dispatches
Is a "Global Village" a Pandemic Waiting to Happen?
Is a "Global Village" a Pandemic Waiting to Happen?
Dispatches
Is a "Global Village" a Pandemic Waiting to Happen?

New research suggests that our hyper-connected world might be protecting us against devastating plagues.

By Dan Bier

New research suggests that our hyper-connected world might be protecting us against devastating plagues.

Crossing the Divide
Why Does This Cop Have a Million Instagram Followers?
Why Does This Cop Have a Million Instagram Followers?
Crossing the Divide
Why Does This Cop Have a Million Instagram Followers?

Officer Tommy Norman's work has drawn national attention recently, but his approach to policing is nothing new.

By Michael O'Shea

Officer Tommy Norman's work has drawn national attention recently, but his approach to policing is nothing new.

Crossing the Divide
Can a Single Conversation Really Change Someone's Mind? This Research Says Yes.
Can a Single Conversation Really Change Someone's Mind? This Research Says Yes.
Crossing the Divide
Can a Single Conversation Really Change Someone's Mind? This Research Says Yes.

After studying a team of canvassers, two researchers found that a single conversation can have a significant and lasting impact…

By Michael O'Shea

After studying a team of canvassers, two researchers found that a single conversation can have a significant and lasting impact on a person's opinion.