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In the Global Nation, food and wine — plus a little bit of religion — caught your eye

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Dustin A. Cable, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Univ. of Virginia (2013). Map data by OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA

Dustin Cable created this stunning visualization of race in America using 2010 Census data. It's one dot per person, and you can zoom in to see your neighborhood. Take a look at http://demographics.coopercenter.org/DotMap/.

The United States is by far the most popular destination for those moving across borders around the world. 2013 data from the United Nations and the World Bank show that one in five migrants — that's 46 million people — are here in the US.

Here at PRI, we discuss and tell many of their stories, under the banner Global Nation. Here are the Global Nation stories you shared and talked about most in 2013.

What would you do for your beliefs?

Some Muslim cab drivers in New York City go to great lengths to pray five times per day. From kneeling at gas stations to paying for parking tickets and creating an elaborate network of places to stop, the most devout drivers say they do what it takes to follow their spiritual beliefs, reports Hillary Brenhouse. Be sure to read the fascinating comment thread.

Finding faith in surprising ways

Stories that challenged our stereotypes sparked great conversations this year. This recent piece from Jason Margolis about Latinos who are increasingly finding their faith in Islam was shared more than 2,000 times in the past week.

Last ditch efforts

As 2013 came to a close, immigration activists made their last efforts to pass reform legislation this year. Jason Margolis reported from Aurora, Colo., on a grassroots effort to keep the issue front and center. What's ahead in 2014?

Winos unite!

You loved (and shared widely) this story about Croatian immigrant Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and his unlikely rise to fame in the wine world. “For me, a little Croatian shepherd, [to have] won over the best French chardonnay, was a miracle,“ he told Valerie Hamilton.

Eat it with peanut butter?

You all eat Huy Fong Sriracha with some very surprising things. When Nina Porzucki explored how this particular condiment became king, little did she know the hot sauce would soon become a hot commodity. At the end of November, a judge ordered the company to halt production at its Irwindale, Calif., factory that created odors "reasonably inferred to be emanating from the facility.” With reduced production, some “rooster sauce” lovers wondered, is it time to stock up?

What were your favorite stories about immigration and diversity in the US this year? Share in comments. And to keep up with the Global Nation in 2014, follow us on Twitter or join the Global Nation Exchange on Facebook.

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