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Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home

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Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home, hosted by Scott Simon, takes you to communities across the U.S., where local residents struggle with big issues. Groundwork explores the tone and flavor of democratic action in towns and cities, where one's antagonist is not an opposing talking head or a politician from a state of a different "color," but a neighbor. Stories in this hour-long documentary include: the people of Caroline, New York wrestle over the controversial gas drilling method known as fracking; the debate over North Carolina's Marriage Amendment in an African American church in Hickory; in San Juan, Texas, the debate over how aggressively to police the border; citizen control of government spending: The "participatory budgeting" experiment in Chicago's 49th Ward; and young people and democracy: A look at how young people are engaging in politics and social action four years after the Obama Wave.

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