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Urban heroes

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31 December 2015

Episode 220

30 minutes

We recap our series on urban heroes, looking at four real characters in the community who are actively working to make our cities better places. Join us as we meet a preservationist in Lisbon, a civic leader in Dallas, food activists in Istanbul and a media collective in Brazil.

31 December 2015

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Media collective: Papo Reto

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Papo Reto, or “straight talk” in English, is media created by locals for locals. Made up of more than a dozen members, the multimedia collective reports on what mainstream media misses out on in one of Rio’s most dangerous areas.

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Civic leader: Jason Roberts

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Jason Roberts has been helping cities all over the world revive their bleakest stretches, with streetcars at the heart of his quest towards quality of life. He founded the nonprofit Oak Cliff Transportation Authority in 2006 to recover Dallas’s streetcar system. Back in 2012 president Barack Obama decided to name Jason a Champion Of Change for his work.

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Food activists: Defne Koryurek and Alen Mevlat

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We meet two food activists who are fighting to preserve the historic Yedikule Gardens in Istanbul. With more than 1,500 years of history, reclaiming the gardens from developers has never been as important as it is now.

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Preservationist: Catarina Portas

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We meet a Portuguese entrepreneur who has brought life to Lisbon’s many public squares by refurbishing some of their ornate kiosks.

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