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An unexpected reminder of America’s divisions

An unexpected reminder of America’s divisions

A giant bright blue rooster and an enormous spoon holding up a crimson cherry are drawing crowds to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden this summer.

Bigness is pervasive in the United States, and it seems sculptures are no different.

However, it’s a barely noticeable nearby empty space - where another sculpture was briefly erected, and then removed earlier this year - that arguably says more about America.

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Don’t worry, you’ll be OK: Three first impressions of a WPI journalist fellow

Don’t worry, you’ll be OK: Three first impressions of a WPI journalist fellow

Have you ever heard of this? Let’s put 10 journalists from all over the world in a van, and let them drive around in the United States. Give them an assignment to figure out how the business of journalism is doing at “times like this”.

This is only a starting point, and it is happening here, right now. And you, our friend, old or new - are welcome to follow this journey!

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An American Dream: Reflections on the WPI Fellowship

An American Dream: Reflections on the WPI Fellowship

  • The 2016 WPI Fellows after a meeting at the White House

 

In the glovebox of a Chicago taxi there is a birthday card from Barack Obama.

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Chicago- city, risen from the ashes

Chicago- city, risen from the ashes

"Chicago. The city, like a phoenix, risen from the ashes after the Great Fire in 1871. The city of the first skyscraper in the world. The city of opportunities. The city money and blood. The city where I was born and died. "Midnight Sun" Stephenie Morgan Meyer.

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”So, what do you think of us?”

One question has been repeated over and over again as we´ve been travelling around the country. People kept asking it in northern Minnesota, in the newsrooms of the eastern coast legacy media, in the deep south and in the relaxed California.

“We are in middle of this crazy election… so, what do you think of us now?”

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Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

       Would I still be a journalist if I could live to 96 years old?

       I was wondering when we came across Sid Hartman, the 96-year-old sports legend who has been writing for the Star Tribune for 72 years in Minnesota.

       We had a group photo with him, and I requested a selfie too. When the other fellows went on with the newsroom tour, I went back and looked for him again.

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What are the hipsters going to do?

What are the hipsters going to do?

The hipsters of Brooklyn are about to make big decisions - maybe not for just for themselves but for others too. History is very much about momentum. After visiting a middle school in Brooklyn I felt there might be one coming very soon.

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Pink paper on the wall

Pink paper on the wall

 

It was September 2015. After two weeks of holiday I started working on my new documentary. It took me back to the times of the Second World War. My film told a story of a girl - today, an elderly woman - who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. It was a story of courage, loss and survival in times of war. My protagonist had the rare fortune of being among the very few children to survive the ordeal. One million children died. 

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Friends, Fun, Food (For Thought)

Friends, Fun, Food (For Thought)

I have taken more than 2,800 pictures to record the first five weeks of our program. My cellphone seems to be on the verge of a strike.

Right now at the Miami beachside hotel, while pictures are being uploaded to my laptop, I am looking back at all captured moments of our "almost-too-good-to-true" U.S. adventure.

Beautiful days are just fleeting. Each day that has passed is becoming our common good old memory.

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