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This Tiny Box Can Keep 1 in 4 American Adults Out of Work

After being released from prison, they were eager to find employment and get their lives back on track. But on countless job applications, one simple question stood in their way.

By | December 16, 2016

More than 70 million American adults, or 29 percent of the U.S. adult population, have a criminal record. And these conviction histories can haunt the formerly incarcerated for the rest of their lives. In this video, filmed at and made possible by the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a group of New Yorkers who spent time incarcerated share the far-reaching impact their records have had on their lives.

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Equality Equation, a producer on this project, is a digital media lab based in NYC that catalyzes seismic social and cultural change by harnessing the power of art, activism + media. Yaara Sumeruk, who edited this project, is a director and editor based in Brooklyn, New York.

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Mission Impossible: Finding the Perfect Name for My Kid

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.

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Adventure Is in My DNA

A filmmaker and surfer proudly explores her Indigenous roots, and discovers that thrill-seeking runs in the family.

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These 4 Women Are Taking on a Politician Near You

The coalminer’s daughter. The bartender. The police brutality activist. The grieving mother. Each looked at the man representing her in Congress and said, “I can do better.”

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The Grieving Mom Fighting for a Healthcare System That Actually Works

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.”

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This Ferguson Activist Wants to be Missouri’s First Black Congresswoman

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?”

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The 28-Year-Old Latina Challenging New York’s Most Powerful Congressman

“The Boss of the Queens Machine” hasn’t faced a primary challenger in 14 years. But an underfunded upstart is suddenly giving him a run for his money.

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This Coalminer’s Daughter Is Mad as Hell—And Running for the U.S. Senate

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.

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The Collector of Time

As Mark McKinley puts it, “no collector ever says, ‘I’ve gone too far.'” After 27 years and an official Guinness World Record, he stands by that statement.

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The Saviors of Saffron

Three young Spaniards are reviving the farming tradition that flourished in their grandparents' generation.