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The NewsHour launched Patchwork Nation in 2010. A reporting project that aims to explore what is happening in the United States by examining different kinds of communities over time, the effort divides America's 3,141 counties into 12 community types based on certain demographic characteristics, such as income level, racial composition, employment and religion.

In 2008, young Americans were poised to make their mark in politics. Voter registration among young citizens grew faster than with any other group.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the first documentary film series to chronicle the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent, through the arrival of black conquistadors in North America in the 1500s, to the disembarking of twenty slaves in Virginia in 1619, and onward -- through almost four hundred subsequent years of historic events to 2008, when Barack Obama became the United States' 44th President.