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#348 – 14-year-old rock promoter raises funds for LGBT youth

By Cathryn Wellner / July 2, 2012

In late June, the Indie Rock Kid was back doing what he does so well, organizing a concert in support of LGBT youth. When Lindsay Spangler wrote about him last year, 13-year-old Noah Hornik was planning a concert to benefit The Trevor Project and It Gets Better. What prompted Hornik to take on such a major production was a string of suicides brought […]

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#336 Changing the story saves Troy, MI, library

By Cathryn Wellner / June 20, 2012

If anyone suggested closing my library, I’d be calling politicians, writing letters to the editor and carrying signs. What I probably wouldn’t think to do is call for closing the library and burning its books. That is exactly what the supporters of Troy, Michigan’s library did when the Tea Party launched a campaign claiming the […]

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#260 The young people are all right

By Cathryn Wellner / February 6, 2012

The saga continues, and I figure I’m pretty lucky. By the time United gives up on our flights and sends about 375 of us off to hotels, we are pretty much going to bed in the time zone we hope eventually to reach. Last night it was 3:30 a.m. before I hit the bed, after […]

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#228 Changing the world, one dinner at a time

By Cathryn Wellner / December 29, 2011

While most of us sit around with our friends and discuss what’s wrong with the world, Marnita Schroedl sets the table, opens the door, and changes it. Marnita’s Table  brings together people who make the policies and people who are affected by them. They sit around the table together, eat good food, get to know […]

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#219 Mother’s love revives infant

By Cathryn Wellner / December 18, 2011

Born at 27 weeks, baby Jamie was written off by the doctor. His tiny spark of life could not be fanned into full flame. But in Sydney, Australia, a miracle was about to happen. Kate and David Ogg wanted to spend time with the tiny boy who would never know sister Emily, the twin who […]

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#210 What to give instead of stuff

By Cathryn Wellner / December 7, 2011

The American Red Cross has created a clever little video about Fred and the stuff he’s buying and receiving for Christmas. Into a film just one minute long, “2011 Holiday Giving with Fred” packs all the angst, stress, and consumer bloat of the season. It asks the question, “Is it the stuff we want? Is […]

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#194 Ottawa’s singing bus driver

By Cathryn Wellner / November 21, 2011

For the past eleven years, Yves Roy has been singing as he threaded his bus through Ottawa traffic. He seems a happy sort, the kind who wakes up with a smile on his face and shares it throughout the day. Unfortunately, some grumps complained so his supervisor told him to stop crooning to his passengers. […]

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#193 Murals enliven our cities

By Cathryn Wellner / November 21, 2011

The smiling faces, fruits and vegetables, and the multi-ethnic hands of “Building Together” make the Washington, D.C., neighbourhood seem inviting. “Power Play” in Winnipeg is dramatic, but I’m no hockey fan and somehow it looks almost warlike to me. The St. Petersburg neighbourhood would be pretty stark and impersonal without “Books”. Melbourne’s “ACDC Lane” is […]

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#188 Improv Everywhere’s crazy fun

By Cathryn Wellner / November 15, 2011

In this TED video, a young woman is reading when a man wearing a coat and boxer shorts boards the train. She’s taken aback but tries to ignore him. After all, this is New York. At the next stop, another guy gets on, also in his underwear. By the time this happens again, the reader […]

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#183 Matt Andersen: inside the package

By Cathryn Wellner / November 11, 2011

He walked onto the Kelowna stage in a rumpled shirt and well-worn jeans. His hair was a wild, curly aura. He had passed the point of healthy weight a long time earlier. Taking center stage, he sat on a chair with only an acoustic guitar in his lap, another on a stand. Matt Andersen was […]

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