An award-winning producer on how freelancers bring freedom and innovation to structured work environments.
From an unassuming workshop in Queens, a Romanian immigrant lives out his own version of the American dream, crafting one miniature Statue of Liberty souvenir at a time.
Ever since Ovidiu Colea first heard about the Statue of Liberty during a Radio Free Europe broadcast to his native Romania, he dreamed that one day he might be able to see it with his own eyes and experience the freedom it represented. In 1958, at age eighteen, he attempted to sneak out of the country by swimming across the Danube River into Yugoslavia. He was captured on the border and put in a labor camp for five years. In 1978 he was granted a visa to come to the United States, where today he is one of the last remaining manufacturers of the Statue of Liberty models supplied to Ellis Island and dozens of the souvenir shops in New York City. His company, Colbar Art, which is based in Long Island City, Queens, employs mostly immigrant workers. In recent years the pressure to relocate production to China and elsewhere has been strong, but he has insisted on keeping his company here in New York and hopes to pass the business on to his son.
A new dad on the nightmare-inducing challenge of coming up with a timeless but fresh, cool but not too cool name for his son.
Amy Vilela lost her daughter when she couldn’t afford the medical bills. When her Congressman told her he wouldn’t support universal healthcare, Amy said, “I’m running.”
Cori Bush is a registered nurse, a pastor and a mom. After taking to the streets to protest police killings, she looked in the mirror and said, “why not politician, too?”
In early 2018, we introduced you to a bartender from the Bronx trying to pull off what many said was impossible. Here’s how AOC became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Paula Jean Swearengin has seen West Virginia’s land exploited, its people fall ill, and its politicians do nothing. So she decided to do something herself.