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When It Comes to Shaping Public Debate, What Can a Magazine Do? When It Comes to Shaping Public Debate, What Can a Magazine Do?
by Fran Korten
"Education Uprising," the Spring issue of YES!, connected people across the country and helped catalyze the movement to reclaim education—a living example of how national conversations can change.
Will My Daughter Grow Up to Be a Farmer Like Me? Will My Daughter Grow Up to Be a Farmer Like Me?
by Shannon Hayes
I made the choice to give up a career in law and return to my family farm. Now, I wait to see if my daughter will do the same.
This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists
"Pretty soon they're using it to travel downtown and expand their understanding of the community they live in."
The Coal Workers You Didn't Know Existed—And Why They May Be At Risk The Coal Workers You Didn't Know Existed—And Why They May Be At Risk
by Erin L. McCoy
Thousands of workers may be at risk of chronic disease from the chemicals used to process coal—including MCHM, which recently contaminated the drinking water of nearly 300,000 West Virginia residents.
New York Inmates Draw Strength from Prison-Themed Hip-Hop Album New York Inmates Draw Strength from Prison-Themed Hip-Hop Album
by Nur Lalji
Members of the Rochester-based group Da Cloth have sent the tape to more than 150 inmates.
How Macklemore's Trumpet Player Is Bringing Music Back to His Kenyan Hometown How Macklemore's Trumpet Player Is Bringing Music Back to His Kenyan Hometown
The Madaraka festival is a celebration of African cultural heritage and modern-day entrepreneurship—and the proceeds will help build a recording studio for 68 youth in Kenya.
Fans Move to Buy LA Clippers After Owner Is Banned From NBA Fans Move to Buy LA Clippers After Owner Is Banned From NBA
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The fans hope to buy the team and make it into a nonprofit organization like the Green Bay Packers.
5 DIY Musical Instruments You Can Make From Stuff Around the House 5 DIY Musical Instruments You Can Make From Stuff Around the House
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles Becker
Craft instruments from easy-to-find materials and invite more music into your family's life.
Dear Paul Krugman: Is GDP Growth Making Us Richer or Poorer? (Please Clarify.) Dear Paul Krugman: Is GDP Growth Making Us Richer or Poorer? (Please Clarify.)
by Herman Daly
Is Paul Krugman just advocating temporary growth up to some level of optimality, or a truly ever-growing economy?
How a "Black Snake" in the Heartland Brought Spirit to American Environmentalism How a "Black Snake" in the Heartland Brought Spirit to American Environmentalism
by Kristin Moe
It's possible that the Cowboy Indian Alliance offers a glimpse into what a spiritually integrated environmental movement might look like, honoring diversity while resisting cooptation.
The Game of Thrones Rape Scene: Why We Can't Pretend It Never Happened The Game of Thrones Rape Scene: Why We Can't Pretend It Never Happened
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Pretending that a rape never happened is a problem—regardless of whether it took place in fiction or reality.
This Neurologist Left His Career and Became San Diego's Happiest Beach Bum This Neurologist Left His Career and Became San Diego's Happiest Beach Bum
Most of the people who know him as a fixture on Pacific Beach aren't aware of the stressful life he left behind.
Explainer: Agriculture and Human Rights Explainer: Agriculture and Human Rights
A journey into agriculture, from early irrigation to industrial farms.
Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy
by Andy Lee Roth
Our political process, Robert Jensen reminds us, begins with conversation.
Tennessee Teachers Score in Fight for Fair Evaluations Tennessee Teachers Score in Fight for Fair Evaluations
by Molly Rusk
A new law will end the practice of evaluating teachers based on their students' standardized test scores.
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