“Speaking of America”

Los Angeles — Audrey Pearson came from St. Louis “a hopeful person,” to help homeless.  What she found shocked her.

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Kings Canyon National Park, Calif. — Park Ranger Robert Lewis describes himself as “an optimist who wears body armor.”  He has seen both sides of human nature.

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Houston — Petra Cervantes came from Mexico to find a better life.  It’s been hard, and the latest blow came from Hurricane Harvey.  But she stays to rebuild.

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Buras, La.– Phong Robert Nguyen fled for his life when South Vietnam fell in 1975. He remade himself here, and watches his sons make other choices.

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Inez, Ky. — Thelma Moore spent her life in Appalachia.  She tells her grown sons to move away.

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