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To be an American, says this Haitian-American, means you have a voice

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| Jan Mapou moved to the U.S. from Haiti nearly 50 years ago. It was important to become a U.S. citizen, he says, because as an immigrant, it makes "you feel that you are in your country."

A Nation Engaged: A Syrian star is reborn in Hollywood

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Actor Jihad "Jay" Abdo fled persecution in Syria, ending up in Southern California. His road back to the silver screen is an American success story.

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A Nation Engaged: playwright Jon Robin Baitz

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NPR and KPCC are looking at critical issues facing the nation before the presidential election. The Frame asked creators who work in arts and entertainment to weigh in on our nation's state of affairs.

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A Nation Engaged: Little Rock Nine's Terrence Roberts says America hasn't changed

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"We, The Nine, were part of a Black Lives Matter movement back in 1957," Roberts said. "What was our message other than our lives matter?"

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Amid a business boom, a wealth gap between races leaves some struggling

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Here's a snapshot of Boston's divided economy: the city's innovation district is building enormous wealth for some, while J'Neen Skinner is struggling to buy a house.

A Nation Engaged: Race and economic opportunity in Southern California

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Whether you grew up expecting an inheritance, or had to scrimp for every last penny, chances are that your attitude about money was shaped by how your parents handled their finances.

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A city looks to STEM school to lift economy, but will grads stay?

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In Springfield, Ohio, a new school is trying to turn the tide of decline. But local leaders say keeping young people from moving away is key to economic revival.

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A diversified economy cushions Columbus, Ohio from downturns

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It's the state capital, home to Ohio State University and attractive to younger workers. Can Columbus' nearly recession-proof economic success be replicated elsewhere?