The creative spirit, and how it moves us.

Portland Blocked Fossil Fuels, What Now?
by Arun Gupta
Turning the city's resolution into policies that protect health and safety is one fight that lies ahead. Another is forging a wall of resistance from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C.
Capitalism vs. Climate: Naomi Klein’s New Film Takes Us From the Current Crisis to the World We Want
by Kate Aronoff
In "This Changes Everything," Naomi Klein lays out how industry interests are opposed to those of ordinary people—a point climate activists have had trouble communicating and been reluctant to fully embrace.
A Quarter of Pakistani Girls Are Married Before They’re 18. This Film Shows What That Feels Like
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In her directorial debut, Afia Nathaniel brings the reality of Pakistan's child bride crisis to American audiences.
Video: The Racist Origins of 6 Common Phrases You Probably Use
by Liz Pleasant
The point isn’t that we necessarily have to abandon phrases like “hip hip hooray” and “no can do.” But understanding their racist origins helps us move beyond them.
Researchers Say Watching Movies Helps You Work Your Empathy Muscle
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Can something as simple as watching movies—and empathizing with fictional characters—help generate more compassion and understanding in the real world?
Four Things That Matter to Millennials, From Lena Dunham’s Interview With Hillary Clinton
by Araz Hachadourian
“I don’t trust anybody who says that they didn’t have some questions in their 20s.”
New Movie Finds “No Escape” From Controversy. Here's What the Filmmakers Have to Say About It.
by Christopher Zumski Finke
I interviewed the filmmakers of "No Escape" to see if they think their movie is racist. Spoiler alert: They don't.
This Artist Collects Your Worst Fears and Turns Them Into Something Great
by Alexa Strabuk
The Fear Project uses art to visually interpret the parts of life that scare us the most, normalizing fear as a part of ourselves.
The Crunch: The Hackers Behind DIY Gynecology (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
A Mexican artist turns guns into a force for good, Banksy turns Disneyland into something dismal, and GynePunks bring open-source gynecology to the masses.
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.
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.
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.
One Poem That Saved a Forest
by Jacqueline Suskin
How the friendship between a poet and a timber baron kept a grove of California redwoods from clear-cutting.
All Sign Language, No Subtitles: Behind the Ukrainian Thriller That’s Changing How We Experience Cinema
by Christopher Zumski Finke
"The Tribe" has no spoken dialogue at all—viewers must search for meaning through body language and emotion. This is why it works.
Swapping Screen Time for Getting Dirty: Why Kids Need to Spend More Time Outside
by Shannon Hayes
In his new book “How to Raise a Wild Child,” Dr. Scott D. Sampson argues that the current disconnect between kids and the natural world is a threat to their physical, mental, and emotional health.