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Season 2, Episode 8: Hope Award semi-finalists

Season 2, Episode 8: Hope Award semi-finalists

Every year, WORLD hosts the Hope Awards for Effective Compassion. Readers and listeners nominate hundreds of ministries, and we narrow the list to about eight or 10 semi-finalists. Just four make the final cut. This episode is about the runners-up.

In Los Angeles, “defunding the police” led to disbanding a unit specially designed to help with homelessness
Health workers struggle with how to immunize the homeless
Experts disagree about the extent of food insecurity and the success of welfare expansions


Just about anyone working in mental healthcare, criminal justice, or social work will agree: people with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders face a difficult road. This episode is about the 50 million Americans dealing with mental illness.

Coming from a good family doesn’t guarantee a trouble-free life. But having a shaky family foundation makes everything a lot harder. In this episode, journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg explore what compassion looks like for hurting children, young adults, and their parents.

The state tests its new law on how to try minors’ cases
Some see missed opportunities in private partnerships

This episode is about newcomers: Refugees and asylum seekers looking for a fresh start.

The legislature supports drastic changes to suspect’s interactions with courts and officers