How the Real Teens Behind "The Fault in Our Stars" Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet
by Christopher Zumski FinkeJun 06, 2014
- They call themselves "nerdfighters"—and they're unlike any movement you've seen before.
This East LA Band's Rebel Version of "La Bamba" Speaks Out Against Racism
by Christine St. PierreJun 06, 2014
- Las Cafeteras uses acoustic instruments and punk attitude to spread their message of social justice and equality.
Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute
by Christopher Zumski FinkeJun 03, 2014
- Thai protestors borrow a sign of solidarity from Hollywood's silver screen to fight new national curfew and banned public gatherings.
Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace
May 28, 2014
- In Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," we can sense the poet's yearning for a more peaceful and loving future.
Fear of a Brown Planet: Watch This Stand-Up Comedian Explain 'Reverse Racism'
by Kali SwensonMay 27, 2014
- Bullying, police brutality, and everyday insensitivities are regularly lampooned with Australians Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain's weapon of choice: comedy.
How Stories Shape Our World
by Sarah van GelderMay 23, 2014
- This issue of YES! looks at the ways new voices are being heard, and at how their stories are transforming our culture.
How Macklemore's Trumpet Player Is Bringing Music Back to His Kenyan Hometown
May 06, 2014
- 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.
5 DIY Musical Instruments You Can Make From Stuff Around the House
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles BeckerMay 06, 2014
- Craft instruments from easy-to-find materials and invite more music into your family's life.
A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades
by Christopher Zumski FinkeFeb 28, 2014
- The upcoming Academy Awards will recognize some of 2013’s best social justice-themed films. Here are some of our favorite past winners.
YES! Music Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Winter
by YES! online staffFeb 24, 2014
- Musical inspiration while putting out this issue.
Questions No One Knows the Answers To
Feb 17, 2014
- TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his boyhood obsession with quirky questions that seem to have no answers.
"Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution
by Roman KrznaricFeb 10, 2014
- Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it.
Photo Essay: Pete Seeger's Life on the Hudson
by Sarah van GelderJan 28, 2014
- In December 2007, YES! editor-in-chief Sarah van Gelder interviewed Pete Seeger in his home in Beacon, New York. Seeger showed Sarah his family photo albums, his DIY solar-powered car, and, of course, a whole wall filled with banjos.
How Cooking Can Change Your Life
Jan 28, 2014
- In this powerful RSA Short, Michael Pollan shares some real talk about the difference between home cooked food and food made by corporations.
"Jazz in America" Curriculum
by Jing FongJan 28, 2014
- The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has developed "Jazz in America," an Internet-based jazz curriculum for social studies, American history, and music classes to help students "develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self image, and a respect for their own and others' cultural heritage."
The creative spirit, and how it moves us.