How can Women be empowered to bring HIV down in east Africa?

How did organic food become a million dollar endeavor in the Egyptian desert?

Can for profit companies serve developing countries?

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February 26, 2016

 This episode documents the highly successful female condom, used throughout the developing world to protect women from HIV infections. 

In most of Africa HIV is a heterosexual disease affecting women and their newborns as well as men.  The HIV pandemic is scarcely...

February 19, 2016

Despite what appears to be continuing bad news from Egypt, SEKEM is an exciting profitable company located in a huge 2000 acre property east of Cairo. SEKEM was started by an Egyptian, Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish in 1977, with a vision of turning the desert into a flourishin...

February 12, 2016

This company, started by three University of Michigan graduates, is  a small award-winning for-profit company that has invented and makes simple inexpensive products for healthcare delivery in emerging economies, including blood transfusion kits and centrifuges, all of...

February 5, 2016

This episode documents the story of the Shorebank of Chicago, a small neighborhood community bank, and its successor banks. In the 1970s there was a large migration of Afro-Americans from the Southern regions of the United States to the North. As a result of unproven f...

January 29, 2016

Wage theft refers to a category of workplace violations that result in employees not being fully or properly compensated for their services. This can include not paying overtime hours, withholding checks after termination, tax misclassification, and paying below minimu...

January 22, 2016

The University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business is considered one of the finest business schools in the country. But it is becoming known for another project as well, a prison-focused certificate education program, initiated by Greg and Tierney Fairchild....

January 15, 2016

Chicago public schools have a reputation for being one of the weakest school systems in the nation However, there are a number of initiatives aimed at changing this perception.  In this episode we film two such initiatives. the Academy of Unban School Leadership, envis...

January 8, 2016

Despite restrictions on entry into the United States, every year this country accepts numbers of aliens and refugees who request political asylum.  This episode traces the history of refugees in the United States and documents the difficulties individuals encounter whe...

December 20, 2015

The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan hosts more than 130,000 Syrian refugees. When we visited in 2013 there were more than 5,000 new refugees arriving each day. While much has been discussed about the refugee problem in general, an estimated 9 million Syrians are believe...

October 25, 2015

We talk with Syrian refugees currently seeking refuge in Jordan, and hear their stories and challenges. UN aid workers and Jordanians talk with us about the the challenges of dealing with refugees, and how children are, and will continue to be, heavily affected.

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