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Israel’s Bedouins Are Losing Their Battle to Preserve Culture

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Villagers of Al Araqeeb, an unrecognized Bedouin village from Israel’s Negev desert, claim that the mosques that stood by their village cemetery were razed to the ground by the government in 2010. Though government representatives deny that Al Araqeeb ever was an official village, residents refuse to move and now gather under the largest surviving tree for Friday prayers. So …

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Hitting the Target

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Reporter Tola Brennan visits Westside Rifle & Pistol Range in midtown Manhattan to learn how to shoot a rifle. Watch him take his first shot and get introduced to gun culture. Produced as part of five video project called Point Blank: Close-up stories about guns in New York City. About the project: Gun fatalities in New York City have steadily …

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In the Bronx, A Different Kind of Doctor

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A native of the Bronx, Dr. Carina Lopez first went to medical school to help undeserved parts of the borough. But at medical school she got sick, and the many medications being prescribed weren’t helping. Disenchanted with the allopathic model, she stepped into the world alternative medicine and completely shifted her life. Now, she has a small homeopathic practice near …

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The Gig Economy is Flexible and Dangerous

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Over the last few years, the gig economy has boomed. Ride sharing apps like Uber paved the way for a whole slew of services from grocery shopping via Instacart to house cleaning via Handy. Workers, by and large, like their jobs. At least, they do now. These apps use independent contractors to undercut the competition. That’s because companies don’t have …

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A Church Organist Awakens Early Christian History

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Baxton Alexander played organ for Pastor Amy Kienzle at her first service in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Over the last few years, they’ve transformed a fading Lutheran church into a unique art space and experiment in contemporary religion. Last year, they re-imagined the congregation and called it the Park Church Co-op. Their banner says that in order to love thy neighbor “we …

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Business is Personal: Madiba in Transition

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In 1999, Mark Henegan opened Madiba, New York City’s first South African restaurant. Over the years it’s become a community hub for not only expat South Africans, but Africans from many other countries as well. One regular described it as an “international house” in reference to the fixture on some college campuses. But after the failure of a second location …