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Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2010 Year in Review

The earthquake in Haiti. The BP oil spill. A crumbling US economy and educational system. And domestic workers in New York receive a historic bill of rights. We look back at some stories we brought you in 2010, and look ahead to 2011.

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How We Survive: The Currency of Giving [encore]

We look into how people are meeting each others’ needs, without charity, or even exchanging a dollar.

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Standing Up to Big Oil

From courtroom battles to government regulation, we take a look at how citizen groups around the world are holding oil companies accountable for environmental contamination and human rights abuses.

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Chevron In Richmond

Over the past decade, the city and residents of Richmond have forced the Chevron to curb its environmental impact.

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Challenging Chevron in Nigeria

Freelance Producer Lynn Feinerman has more about the oil business in Nigeria, and about citizen efforts to hold companies accountable in the courtroom.

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How Homelessness Became A Crime

So-called ‘quality of life’ policing may temporarily decrease crime, but it has harsh consequences for innocent people caught up in the frenzy of arrests. If it’s illegal to be on a city’s sidewalks, parks and plazas, where else can people go?

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San Francisco Bans Sitting or Lying on Sidewalks

Making Contact’s Andrew Stelzer takes a look at a new San Francisco ordinance that bans sitting or lying on the street.

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Paul Boden on SF’s Sit/Lie ordinance and the criminalization of the homelessness

An interview with Paul Boden, organizer with the Western Regional Advocacy Project, about San Franciscos’ Sit-Lie ordinance, & other policies across the country that criminalize the homeless and the poor.

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How ‘Quality of Life’ turned Homeless New Yorkers into Criminals

Journalist Sam Lewis volunteered with the homeless led group ‘Picture the Homeless’ over the past two years, recording the voices of New Yorkers without a place to live. Lewis produced this story about how those without homes are criminalized, and how they’re organizing to change the city’s ways.

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Facing Race in the Tea Party Era

The 2010 midterm elections have activists taking stock. This week, we take you to the ‘Facing Race’ conference for an in-depth discussion about how race continues to impact education, jobs, healthcare and almost every social issue.

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