A Nation Engaged: Sparking Conversations That Matter NPR and some member stations are talking about key issues on the campaign trail and in communities around the country. Those issues include economic opportunity, voting and America's standing in the world.

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Black Officer Navigates '2 Incompatible Worlds' On N.H. Police Force

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Qui Nguyen wrote Vietgone to tell the story of his parents' meeting at a Vietnamese refugee camp in Arkansas in 1975. Jesse Dittmar/Courtesy of Qui Nguyen hide caption

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'Vietgone': A Sex Comedy About Mom, Dad And Refugee Camps

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Dan Meyer stands in front of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, N.C., this past Sunday. Courtesy of Dan Meyer hide caption

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For This Christian N.C. Man, Candidates' 'Morality Issues' Give Pause

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Customers use interactive kiosks to place orders at Eatsa, a fully automated fast food restaurant in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income

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Coleson McCoy watches Heather Milliron work on a project in advanced physical science at the Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield, Ohio. The city, which lost jobs as factories closed, is trying to boost local incomes with education. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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Candidates Want To Raise The Economic Tide To Lift Opportunity, But How?

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As U.S. Economy Grows, Many Americans Struggle To Face Trade-Offs

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Clinton, Trump Differ On How To Create Economic Opportunity In The U.S.

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The Millennium Tower looking down Franklin Street in downtown Boston. The city has seen a tech boom and housing prices have also increased over the past few years. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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Amid A Business Boom, A Wealth Gap Between Races Leaves Some Struggling

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Students leave school at the end of the day at the Global Impact STEM Academy. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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A City Looks To STEM School To Lift Economy, But Will Grads Stay?

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Springfield, Ohio, Launches Efforts To Restart Struggling Economy

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People attend the Independents' Day Festival in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. The city has become a nearly recession-proof hub. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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A Diversified Economy Cushions Columbus, Ohio, From Downturns

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Kids bike on Selma Road in Springfield, Ohio. "Springfield is a rather typical small city that has grown poorer over the years," former mayor Roger Baker says. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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Springfield, Ohio: A Shrinking City Faces A Tough Economic Future

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Employees work on an engine production line at a Ford factory in Dagenham, England. Many American firms based in the U.K. are concerned Brexit will adversely impact their businesses. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption

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How U.S. Businesses In Europe Are Already Planning For Brexit

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U.S. Treasury Jack Lew says a better case needs to be made to U.S. workers who fear the effects of proposed trade deals with Asia and Europe. Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Treasury Secretary Lew On Global Trade Deals And Corporate Taxation

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Marv Sepe is the chief operating officer of CTC Global in Irvine, Calif. The company manufactures high-capacity conductors for transmission lines. Maya Sugarman/KPCC hide caption

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In California, Curbing Trade Might Have Its Trade-Offs

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Two Chinese divers from the People's Liberation Army Navy are suited up and prepared to observe U.S. Navy divers in an underwater welding exercise. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Rising Tensions? Yes, But The U.S. And Chinese Navies Are Training Together

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A protester in a rainbow-colored wig and glasses joins a 2014 rally in Kenya to protest Uganda's increasingly tough stance on homosexuality. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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When The U.S. Backs Gay And Lesbian Rights In Africa, Is There A Backlash?

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Vice President Biden and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim hold a news conference after meeting Aug. 24 in Ankara, Turkey. While the U.S. and Turkey are close allies, they've been at odds on a number of issues, and the meeting was designed to improve the atmosphere. Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In A Time Of Middle East Conflict, What's The Role Of U.S. Diplomacy?

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The Next President's Inbox: Challenges From Russia, China And Everywhere

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Democratic candidates visited the Central Florida Democratic Hispanic Caucus Voting Festival and Mock Election, which took place in Kissimmee, Fla. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Which Way Florida Goes Hinges On Puerto Rican Voters

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Scott Klein, 55, is a long-haul truck driver and former Sanders supporter. He is undecided which candidate he will vote for in the coming election, but does not like Trump, which sets him apart from most of the other drivers he talks to. Don Gonyea/NPR hide caption

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