StoryCorps 373: Going Home

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

When the StoryCorps Mobile Booth visited Durham, North Carolina in 2006, David Wright decided to interview his friend, Eddie Lanier, Jr.



Baby, It's Cold Outside: Coat Donations Down 35 Percent This Year

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Dozens of people lined up on a cold Christmas morning outside the New York City Rescue Mission in Chinatown hoping to find a donated coat that might fit and protect against the winter weather.

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Clear Eyes, Full Veins, Can't Lose

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

You can fake blood in the movies, but so far, there's no artificial substitute in real life. Peeking in on blood drives, wondering how blood gets from an arm to an operating table, producers Molly Webster and Soren Wheeler find a complex world that has them ...

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Money Slow to Flow from Sandy Charities

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Businesses and ordinary citizens have given more than $400 million to Sandy-related charities since the storm and money is still coming in. But many of the charities have spent less than half of what they've collected so far.

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Operation Santa Celebrates 100th Year with Low Numbers

Monday, December 24, 2012

It’s the 100th year that the main post office in Manhattan has responded to letters addressed, “Dear Santa.” On Christmas Eve at the James Farley Post Office elves busily replied to letters and sent last minute packages to needy families in the area.

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Sandy Friday Aims to Raise Money on Black Friday

Thursday, November 22, 2012

As shoppers are out in full force on Black Friday, one group has a message for retailers and their patrons: donate!


Money Talking

Money Talking: Why Has Wall Street Abandoned President Obama for Mitt Romney?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wall Street threw its support behind Barack Obama in 2008, but this election cycle the tables have turned. Now, it's funneling most of its donations to Mitt Romney and conservative super PACs.

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Sculptures of Canned Goods to Be Dismantled, Donated to Charity

Sunday, November 20, 2011

About 100,000 canned goods — stacked in the shape of shoes, candles and even the Brooklyn Bridge — are on display at the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan for one last weekend as part of a design and build competition to bring attention to world hunger.



For Some Schools, Tight Budgets Mean More from Parents

Thursday, September 01, 2011

There’s a big difference in how public schools in middle class and wealthy districts, and those where a majority of children are poor enough to qualify for free lunch, can weather budget cuts. In wealthy districts, parents can raise their own money to support staff and services. And in some schools parents are even being prodded to give a "suggested" amount.

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New York Cares Extends Winter Coat Drive

Monday, January 10, 2011

The volunteer group New York Cares has decided to extend its annual winter coat drive for another week, due to last month's blizzard. Executive Director Gary Bagley said the blizzard presented a challenge for the group, which is trying to collect at least 70,000 coats for those in need.

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The Takeaway

Charitable Giving: Why We Do (and Don't) Toss a Buck in the Bucket

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It’s the season of giving, when we’re all told that it’s better to give than receive. But if so, why don’t we all give to charities? And what would motivate us to give more? These are questions that Stephanie Brown explores. Brown, an Associate Professor of Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University, has developed theories on why people give, and why they don’t.



Wall Street Backs Republican Candidates

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Wall Street is betting on Republican candidates this election season.  

"Around January, Feburary of this current year, there was a major major shift," said Dave Levinthal, editor of the Open Secrets blog for the Center on Responsive Politics, which analyzes political contributions. "It was a dramatic shift that coincided with financial reform."