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In 1988, the murder of Chico Mendes fueled a movement of activists, celebrities and indigenous peoples that helped to make the rainforest a household name. But what happens now?

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The Fight to Save the Amazon

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In 1988, the murder of Chico Mendes fueled a movement of activists, celebrities and indigenous peoples that helped to make the rainforest a household name. But what happens now?
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Activating a Generation

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Thirty years after “Live Aid” changed the face of charity fundraising, clicktivism has taken center stage. If you share, re-tweet and like, are you making the world a better place?
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Defusing War’s Perfect Soldiers

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In 1997, Princess Diana brought public attention to land mine victims. But, almost two decades after her death, how much progress has been made in the worldwide fight against leftover munitions?
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Prop 13: Mad As Hell

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In 1978, voters passed Proposition 13, lowering taxes for millions of California homeowners. Decades later, what has it meant for California?
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Unraveling Zero Tolerance

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Over the last 30 years, schools across the country have enacted tough new discipline policies. Some of those schools say they went too far.
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The Great Debate: Style or Substance?

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The moments we remember from political debates are embedded in our political folklore, from the knockout lines to the losing gaffes. But does media coverage often miss the real lessons they offer?
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Where Does the American Dream Live?

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How a little-known public housing program from the 1970s is changing housing policy today.
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“On Account of Sex”

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When Phyllis Schlafly fought the Equal Rights Amendment, which called for equality of rights “on account of sex,” it kicked off a battle that continues to influence political debate today.
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The Mommy Wars

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The Mommy Wars were billed as the nastiest fight in American parenting, and actually fueled by a decades-old blunder. This story was produced in collaboration with Quartz.

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The Shadow of Thalidomide
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The Fight to Save the Amazon
Geoffrey O’Connor revisits the murder of environmental activist Chico Mendes, which began a movement that continues today.
Defusing War’s Perfect Soldiers
As funding for land mine removal plunges, casualties rise dramatically. This is how the issue lost traction world wide, watch “Defusing War’s Perfect Soldiers.” 
The Long War on Cancer
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Heroin and the War on Drugs
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Activating a Generation
Producer Bonnie Bertram tells The Takeaway how “Live Aid” gave rise to “clicktivism.”
Transforming History
A newly released recording which gives Sylvia Rivera’s account of the Stonewall Riots and thoughts on gender identity, drag queens, and life in New York City.