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Friday, December 24, 2010

Abandoned Bicycles Get A Second Chance

If you live in a city, you’re probably used to seeing rusty, abandoned bicycles, often chained to parking meters or bike racks, sometimes missing wheels. In Boston, many universities and police departments are now donating the removed bikes to a nonprofit organization, Bikes Not Bombs.

The group processes nearly 6,000 used bicycles a year, shipping some to South America and Africa; they also teach bicycle mechanics to inner city kids.

We speak with Bikes Not Bombs donations coordinator Stephen Bosco,  who has been salvaging abandoned bicycles for nearly 20 years.


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Spotlight

From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

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June 25 80 Comments

Controversial New Textbooks Go Into Use This Fall In Texas

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