Hunger, disease, and natural disasters often bring the biggest headlines. Governments and individuals offer their help as they can. But all around the world, people, and children in particular, are already working to make their lives a little bit better, by having fun. With childhood toys, jokes passed from friend to friend, soccer games in the alleyway, humans take on the seriousness of life with play. On this episode of Latitudes, we look at how we play, where we play, and why play is so important.

Latitudes is an hour-long series of programs that takes you into the lives of everyday people around the world. The stories are unexpected, rich in sound and riveting to hear -- they engage the intellect, the conscience and the imagination. They feature people who are finding constructive solutions to some of life's toughest challenges.

Latitudes features on-the-ground reporting by a vast international network of correspondents. We also train local reporters around the globe, who take us inside their communities.

Latitudes is a collaborative production of the Global News Partnership, WAMU (Washington, DC), and WUNC (North Carolina). Editorial partners include the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Christian Science Monitor.

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