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“Now They Can’t Get Me to Stop Talking”: How a Teenage Tobacco Farmworker in North Carolina Found Her Voice “Now They Can’t Get Me to Stop Talking”: How a Teenage Tobacco Farmworker in North Carolina Found Her Voice
by Neftali Cuello
In North Carolina, when school gets out each summer, a stream of young people—nearly all Latino—head into the fields to help bring in the state’s most profitable crop: tobacco. Neftali Cuello was twelve years old when she first accompanied her family into the fields.
We Went Behind the Scenes of the Global Economy to Bring Back Workers’ Stories We Went Behind the Scenes of the Global Economy to Bring Back Workers’ Stories
by Corinne Goria
After dozens of interviews, the guiding question of this oral history project shifted from, “Who are the people in the factories?” to, “How are workers and communities putting their futures at risk when they demand something better?”
The Boomers "Failed" Us: Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher on Anger, Love, and Sacrifice The Boomers "Failed" Us: Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher on Anger, Love, and Sacrifice
by Sarah van Gelder
First the anger, then the love—overcoming generational anger to find the courage required for the difficult work ahead.
Portland's E. Coli Scare: How Mushrooms Could Have Helped Prevent It Portland's E. Coli Scare: How Mushrooms Could Have Helped Prevent It
by James Trimarco
Filters that contain fungi with powerful antibiotic properties can help remove harmful bacteria from water.
Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won. Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.
by Molly Rusk
The teachers found their careers at risk when an erratic statistical tool became a key measure of their success.
"Black Women’s Blueprint" Helps Low-Income Women Get By—Through Bartering "Black Women’s Blueprint" Helps Low-Income Women Get By—Through Bartering
by Laura Flanders
Farah Tanis learned that, of the women in poverty she worked with, 9 out of 10 had experienced violence—so she started a bartering network to help them survive.
Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace
In Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," we can sense the poet's yearning for a more peaceful and loving future.
Everyone Still Loves "Reading Rainbow" (And This New Kickstarter Proves It) Everyone Still Loves "Reading Rainbow" (And This New Kickstarter Proves It)
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The PBS classic, which taught a love of books to generations of kids, will be coming back in an online version.
A Lesson in Tranquility ... From a Porcupine A Lesson in Tranquility ... From a Porcupine
by Shannon Hayes
A midnight run-in with a spiny interloper forced me to re-evaluate my priorities.
Fear of a Brown Planet: Watch This Stand-Up Comedian Explain 'Reverse Racism' Fear of a Brown Planet: Watch This Stand-Up Comedian Explain 'Reverse Racism'
by Kali Swenson
Bullying, police brutality, and everyday insensitivities are regularly lampooned with Australians Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain's weapon of choice: comedy.
How Wolves Help Yellowstone's Trees Grow Taller How Wolves Help Yellowstone's Trees Grow Taller
In some parts of the park, the average height of the trees quintupled over six years.
From Stand-up to Twitter, A New Generation’s Fresh Take on Storytelling From Stand-up to Twitter, A New Generation’s Fresh Take on Storytelling
by Sarah van Gelder
Today's storytellers show that each of us can be part of something more powerful, diverse, and creative than we might have imagined.
Norway's Military Does "Meatless Mondays" for the Climate Norway's Military Does "Meatless Mondays" for the Climate
by Liz Pleasant
Signs of change are appearing in the United States military as well.
Comic: How Big Media Drowned Out the Rest of Us Comic: How Big Media Drowned Out the Rest of Us
by A collaboration of Symbolia and YES! Magazine
Today, six corporations own most of our media—but we could be poised to take it back.
Will Jackson, Miss., Be the New Co-op Capital of the South? Will Jackson, Miss., Be the New Co-op Capital of the South?
Three months after the death of Jackson's radical mayor, the city's residents are working to make his vision of cooperative economics a reality.
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