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More than 45 million Americans – nearly 16 million of them children – live below the poverty line.

And poverty isn't just a U.S. issue. It's a global problem, affecting nearly half of the world's population, according to DoSomething.org.

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When people talk about poverty, the conversation typically revolves around the economic condition of a household.

Abdul El-Sayed (right) meets with Joseph Mutebi
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Detroit built its public health departments back in the 1800s, when cholera was rampant.

 

But in 2012 the city gutted that department and privatized it. Now, after its historic bankruptcy, public health is back under city management. But it’s a shell of a what it once was.

 

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Think back to a time when you stayed up all night, or only slept for a few hours.

Did you feel groggy or sluggish? Was it difficult to focus on the tasks you needed to complete? Maybe you felt just plain miserable.

We know adequate sleep is important for everyone. But imagine how essential it is for a kid's developing mind and body.

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Connections is a State of Opportunity documentary about the power of networks.

Some questions we tackle: How do you create a network when you live in poverty? What networking advice would you give to a teenager from a low-income family? In terms of mentoring someone you have no connection to: Why do it? When you're locked up in prison, away from everyone and everything you know and love, how do you build a new life for yourself when you get out? 

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In Part One of our Connections documentary, we heard from a young mother in poverty who’s struggling to build a network out of nothing. So I thought I’d switch things up for a bit and talk to someone who is a pro at networking. Has one of the best networks around, at least in my circle of friends.

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In some circles, "network" is a dirty word, something we don't like to talk about lest we admit out loud that maybe, just maybe, we didn't get where we are in the world today by grit and determination and hard work alone. But I'm guessing that many of us got where we are today through a combination of hard work and a few helpful connections along the way.

Could mindfulness help Michigan's kids escape poverty?

Oct 13, 2015
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Yesterday on The Next Idea, experts joined Cynthia Canty to talk about implementing mindfulness practice in schools. Mindfulness has been known to help both students and teachers deal with stress in the classroom.

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You couldn't turn on the TV or radio or surf the web this past week without hearing or reading about Pope Francis' visit to the United States. The Pope brought with him a sincere focus on poverty, income inequality and those living on the margins of society.

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I am no stranger to uniforms. I went to Catholic school for 12 years, so from kindergarten through my senior year of high school I had to wear some iteration of white button-down shirt with plaid skirt, jumper or pants. And you know what? I actually liked it. It was so easy to get ready in the morning; no thought went into what I was wearing or whether I looked cool. So from a vanity standpoint and, let's face it, a laziness standpoint, the utilitarian function of the school uniform was a plus.

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