The Ick List

Our Assistant Producer, Nadia Nasir, argues the case for adding something to her ‘Ick List’… read on to find out what exactly it is and why it makes her feel quite so ill… In ancient Thebes, a king discovers a truth so horrifying that he blinds and exiles himself, prepared to suffer through the rest …

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Getting The Story Out (Alive)

On election day in the U.S., where press freedom is supposed to be the strongest cornerstone of that democracy – by being a consistent check on American government excesses, failures or deception – the group, Reporters Without Borders (RWB) published a story about Syria that follows a disturbing, truly dangerous pattern. When a people revolt, …

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What’s So Funny ‘bout Peace, War & Economics?

You’re in a grocery store and shopping for dinner tonight. On your left is that delicious tikka masala marinade you’ve been hearing so much about, and on your right is a rocket-propelled grenade. No, you heard me correctly – there is military-grade artillery at your neighborhood supermarket, because in truth there is little to no …

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A Collective Courage

There is no question – a 15-year-old Pakistani girl has become synonymous worldwide with courage: Malala. It is a beautiful name – melodic and memorable – yet its fame and familiarity over the last few weeks derive from an unspeakably cruel act. That paradox, perhaps, provides its strength. The fact is: one ordinary yet extraordinary young …

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The Whistle No One Blows

When we hear about whistleblower laws, we mostly think about government employees reporting corruption, waste or malfeasance of some sort, or a private company employee exposing the truth about workplace abuse, defective manufacturing, safety hazards, or executive excesses. In an ideal world, whistleblower laws are designed to offer job protections, and sometimes there are also …

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It’s A Sign

One small sign can say so much – ‘Vote Here‘. Vehicles pulling up to park. Voters making their way into a polling station. It’s usually a humble sign they see… with an arrow pointing the way toward democracy. There are few if any freedoms more cherished and more critical to the common good. I voted …

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Who Am I?

There are tens of thousands of adoptees across the globe who wonder where they came from, as in: who they came from? It’s about identity, and the questions are all but inevitable. It is not a sure thing, though, that adoptees want to know the answers to their questions. I know many who’ve been adopted; …

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Home Free

A new article from Tom Gasparoli – Emmy Award-winning journalist, newspaper columnist and author: Her name is Alison, and just before the Let’s All Be Free team turned on the camera to interview her about being free, she whispered that she was worried, and wondered if she’d have anything meaningful to say. We reassured her …

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One Question

A new article from Tom Gasparoli – Emmy Award-winning journalist, newspaper columnist and author: Two men debate in Denver, Colorado. Tens of millions around the world watch. One will be the president of the United States next January, his hands at levers of power – and responsibility – that stretch worldwide. What if the moderator …

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