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Inner-City Programs For The Next Big Thinkers

By Kara Miller

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In this 1996 photo, Bill Gates visits a Dorchester after-school program after making a $100,000 donation to start an after-school computer club in Boston. (AP)

Innovation is a lofty word. It often gets associated with Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs.

But today we look at the innovative, on-the-ground programs that are helping inner-city students get the connections, resources and knowledge that it takes to be the next great entrepreneur, scientist or thinker.

The four programs we look at today all aim to change kids’ trajectories.

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Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

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As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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