Two years ago, President Obama made history when he reestablished relations with Cuba - a country the U.S. had embargoed since the Cold War. What once was forbidden territory for most Americans has now become a tourist destination. 

Douglas Martin

As the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids wraps up this weekend, there's a particular exhibit in the halls of Boardwalk Condominiums that some may have missed. The exhibit looks like a classic photo montage -- pictures of flowers, animals, trees, all stacked in rows, one after another. But inside these photos is the stressful, yet hopeful journey of an 18-year-old Galesburg photographer named Madelaine Martin.

Joan M. Porcaro takes different shots of a fallen tree's roots
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Joan M. Porcaro started taking photos about 30 years ago, around the same time she started her career as an emergency room trauma nurse.

Hector, Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes Client Advocate

According to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes – a local nonprofit and food pantry - one out of every six people in the Kalamazoo area struggles with food insecurity.

Monroe Aki O'Bryant

Between TV shows like CSI, horror movies like Saw, and shooter video games - it’s safe to say some of us are a little desensitized to violence.