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This running club that meets at 5:45am is helping the homeless transform their lives.

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Team Rubicon is a group of military veterans who volunteer to respond to natural disasters. They’re helping disaster victims - and helping each other heal.

Many people join the military to serve their country, and still feel called to serve after they get out. In some cases, they may have experienced trauma or have PTSD from their time in the armed forces. Enter Team Rubicon, the volunteer organization that’s responded…

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“I'd Like to Build My Own Coffin”
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Before Hurricane Katrina hit, the "Cajun Navy" didn't even exist.

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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.
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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…

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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.

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There’s a global transformation happening - millions of people are migrating to cities from the countryside.

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There’s a global transformation happening - millions of people are migrating to cities from the countryside.

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