Most Recent Articles - YES!

YES! has a positive solution-oriented focus. We reframe issues, reflect diverse human-scale stories, and offer tools for people to use and to pass along. Here are our most recent articles and blogs.

Only 11 Percent of Kids' Books Are About Characters of Color
by Miles Schneiderman, Tony Manno
Call for Submissions: Life After Oil
How do we confront the political power of the fossil fuel giants? And when we imagine a planet in recovery, what do we see? Send us your pitches by Sept. 15!
These Former Debt Collectors Decided to Ditch the Industry, Buy Up Medical Debt, and Forgive It
by Araz Hachadourian
Jerry Ashton and Craig Antico spent decades hounding debtors to pay their bills—until an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street inspired them to find a way to pay struggling people's debts.
Sad Puppies, Rabid Chauvinists: Will Raging White Guys Succeed in Hijacking Sci-Fi’s Biggest Awards?
by Miles Schneiderman
More and more women have been nominated for Hugo Awards in recent years—until this year. Here’s what’s at stake.
Pardon the Interruption, Bernie: Why Black Lives Matter Is in Politics to Stay
by Marcus Harrison Green
The criticism aimed at Marissa Johnson and Mara Willaford has ranged from the deeply piercing to the explicitly racist. But what they did was necessary, a welcome harbinger of more direct disruption.
No Apologies: Meet the Guy Who Got Bernie Sanders' Interrupters on the Stage
by Marcus Harrison Green
In his first interview since last weekend's action in Seattle, activist Amir Islam talks to YES! about why every presidential candidate should be ready to talk black issues.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
School Behind Bars: How College Kids and Incarcerated Youth Benefit From Learning Together
by Nur Lalji
Graduates of an “Inside-Out” program in Oregon say that the experience transformed the way they see the prison system—and themselves.
Infographic: The Real Reason You Have So Much Debt (It’s Not Crazy Spending)
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Heidi Bruce
$11.85 trillion in household debt has more to do with stagnant wages (and predatory banks) than shopping sprees.
The Crunch: Why Washington D.C. Hired a Herd of Goats (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
This week we’re talking about the future of work, a "masculine studies" program... and goats.
The Rad History Book Every Girl (and Boy) Should Have on Her Bookshelf
by Lindsey Weedston
A new feminist children's book honors 26 awesome women who changed the world.
Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future
by Leah Penniman
How can we get the most out of our farmland without harming the planet? I traveled to rural Mexico to learn from indigenous farmers.
Can Bernie Sanders Win Over Black Lives Matter? He Seems to Be Trying
by Marcus Harrison Green
The progressive candidate has been making a sharper distinction between racial and economic issues. If you like his campaign, that’s really good news.
New David Foster Wallace Movie Shows a Regular Guy Who Happens to Be a Genius—That’s Why It Works
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Jason Segel steers away from his usual funny guy persona in "The End of the Tour," and plays the late "Infinite Jest" author David Foster Wallace.
What’s a Death Midwife? Inside the Alternative Death Care Movement
by Jennifer Luxton
From funeral cooperatives to green burials, there's a kinder, gentler, less expensive way to die.