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Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

An inside look at a candidate

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Rosemount, MN students from the PIN shared their experience with U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills as a teacher. They all told MPR News that Bills is friendly, funny and accessible, and has a knack for making a dense subject understandable. More at mpr.org.

KPCC covers the Olympic Games from a SoCal perspective

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In this conversation on AirTalk, a sports psychologist gets into the heads of athletes, and an African-American water polo star from the 2004 games talks about the social barriers to participation by athletes of color. More at

Making sense of upheaval at the University of Virginia

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The sudden ouster of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan took faculty, alumni and the public by surprise. Some are blaming partisan politics, while others see a culture clash between corporate-world board members and academics. WAMU’s PIN sources weigh in on the latest. More at wamu.org.

One school year, many education stories

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This 25-minute radio documentary was the culmination of a 9-month reporting project following teachers, students and administrators to learn how budget cuts are affecting public schools. Both families in the series came either directly or indirectly from OPB’s Public Insight Network. More at opb.org.