wnyc:

Look at that remarkable chart of NYC’s murder rate. Today as part of "25 Years in 25 Days" the Brian Lehrer Show looked at 1990, the peak of NYC’s crime, and how the city has taken on public safety in the quarter decade since. With former NYPD commish Ray Kelly. Take a listen.

-Jody, BL Show-

pewresearch:

Hispanic immigrants are more than twice as likely to not have health insurance as Hispanics born in the U.S., according figures recently released by the Census Bureau.

pewresearch:

Hispanic immigrants are more than twice as likely to not have health insurance as Hispanics born in the U.S., according figures recently released by the Census Bureau.

ourpresidents:

The Berlin Airlift Ends

The Berlin Airlift was one of the most important events of the Cold War.  On September 30, 1949 the last plane of the Berlin Airlift unloaded supplies in the city.  Over the 15 months of the Airlift, 278,228 relief flights were made.  2,326,404 tons of cargo were delivered.

In 1948, Berlin was the divided capital of a divided country.  That June, the Soviet Union established a blockade around Berlin. By sealing off the roads linking Berlin to western Germany, the Soviets hoped they could force the Americans, British, and French to leave their sectors of the city.

Berlin’s two and a half million inhabitants faced the prospect of privation and even starvation as their food and other supplies ran out. President Truman’s choice was a stark one: either abandon the city to the Soviets or risk a military confrontation that could lead to World War III.

It seemed like an impossible task to keep the entire city functioning but the United States, Britain, and France worked together to airlift all necessary supplies into the city.  Food, coal, and industrial supplies were flown into the city on a round-the-clock basis.  Soldiers even parachuted chocolate bars into the city for Berlin children. 

More - The Berlin Airlift from the Truman Library

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Explore the changing demographics and the stories behind them in AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS WITH MARIA HINOJOSA, premiering October 4, 2014 on PBS (check local listings). Learn more at http://pbs.org/americabythenumbers

fotojournalismus:

Festival of the Good Death Celebrated in Cachoeira, Brazil

The Afro-Brazilian Sisterhood of the Good Death is made up of female descendants of slaves, all age 50 and over, and honours both Catholic traditions and Afro-Brazilian Candomble religious rites. The sisterhood is believed to be the oldest organization for women of African descent in the Americas. The state of Bahia received at least 1.2 million slaves from Africa and remains the most African of Brazilian states, where blacks make up around 80 percent of the population.

Photos by Mario Tama/Getty Images — August 14-17, 2014.

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