Finding America: Growing Up Philadelphia
Growing Up Philadelphia is a community-based project creating a portrait of the city - giving residents a chance to see and hear each other in new ways. Diane Precht grew up in a tight-knit black community in a Philadelphia neighborhood once known as Jewtown or New Jerusalem. The area has declined and she wonders: what if she'd stayed?
Finding America: The Fresh Prince of Anacostia
What if a radio station sounded like the people it covers? In Anacostia, a historically black and underreported neighborhood, Kymone Freeman, co-owner of We Act Radio, wants to stop displacement of his neighbors as gentrification closes in.
Finding America: The Accidental Baker
Storymakers work with storymakers — people who live in one of the South’s most diverse and fast-growing cities — to explore divisions of race, class, and opportunity. In The Accidental Baker, Courtney Smith hated baking at first but is now learning how to perfect it at Loaf bakery in Durham.
Finding America: Iñupiaq Inside
In Alaska, climate change threatens the natural world, and the cultural history held by rural and Native communities. Cordelia Kellie first truly felt at home when she started learning the Iñupiaq language and visited her mother’s hometown, Wainwright. Now she shares her knowledge and pride in Alaska Native culture with other youth Alaskans.
Finding America: Shake & Bake Saved My Life
It used to be called Charm City. Now, the Baltimore: Rise of Charm City team seeks the hidden, forgotten allure of Baltimore — and its modern charms — with storytelling in assisted living facilities, libraries, churches, and community centers. Manager Anthony Williams calls Shake & Bake Family Fun Center a safe haven for old and young alike.
Finding America: Paralyzed But Still Moving
A daily ritual — the commute — shapes our exploration of mobility, access, and economic movement from the margins of a city to its center. In Paralyzed But Still Moving, Dorian Taylor is an inspired athlete, not just in spite of being paralyzed from the waist down, but also because of it.
Finding America: My Fourth Life
One percent of America’s population bears a large burden: military service. At Fort Drum, thousands are actively serving. In the surrounding communities, thousands more are military retirees. Feed our Vets pantry director Tonia Russell cares for veterans, active service members and herself at the organization’s monthly food pantry.