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Welcome to stories of real people at life and work in our community!


High Drama by Jackie Witkowski
Life imitates art in this chronicle of a theatrical production at City High in Iowa City, as recurrent themes of love, hilarity and heartbreak are played out both onstage and off.
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Backwards Living by Jamie Schiller
For night shifters, going to work can feel like driving the wrong way down a one-way street; the rest of the world is on an entirely different schedule. This project follows people consigned to this lifestyle disruption---including some who actually prefer the third shift.
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The Scoop on the Tray by Tori Klein
The recipe for the National School Lunch program is constantly being revised as the nation's attitudes toward health and childhood obesity evolve. This project examines how students are digesting modifications to the menu.
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A Burden Worth Carrying by Briana Byrd
Secrets can be burdensome. For one young woman, her secret affects every aspect of her life. As she learns to be who she is and hides who she was, she lives with a title he doesn't want others to know – transgendered.
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Class Elders by Kenneth Eifrid
It’s sometimes said education is wasted on the young. This project focuses on experiences of the small minority of students at Iowa considered “non-traditional,” older enrollees who include those with families and/or fulltime jobs and military veterans.
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Life in America by Caitlin Dickson
The stories of three families who immigrated to the US from different countries, for different reasons, but all ended up in Iowa City where they must learn a new language, make a living and raise children in a culture that is not their own.
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Necessity on a Budget by Kacey Larsen
Iowa City offers help for the hungry, but what does relying on food assistance really entail? A poverty simulation and a week on a food stamp budget give the author a sense of the hardships.
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A Home for All by Lauren Langer
Iowa City's Shelter House provides more than a roof over the heads of the homeless--it also supplies a sense of a home and family.
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Not-So-Easy Living by Shane Ersland
This project takes an in-depth look at one of Iowa City’s most controversial public issues: low-income housing and the people who reside in it. The story examines perspectives of landlords, tenants and neighbors and debates over the implications for the community.
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The Supervised Life by Lars Headington
This project explores the Johnson County community corrections system through the experiences of convicted offenders, endeavoring to demystify the institutional machinery through which they pass.
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The American Dream by Kristin Killian
This story focuses on two Hispanic families in West Liberty, Iowa, and their efforts to achieve the American dream by catering to customers who want to retain the taste of their native cultures. One family runs a grocery, the other a restaurant.
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