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"Blackfish" on CNN: Documentary about Captive Orca Whales Goes Mainstream "Blackfish" on CNN: Documentary about Captive Orca Whales Goes Mainstream
by James Trimarco
The public reaction to a documentary about captive orca whales showed an empathy we don't usually associate with TV audiences.
50 Years On, Dylan's "Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" Still Speaks Truth to Power 50 Years On, Dylan's "Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" Still Speaks Truth to Power
by Erika Lundahl
New generations of singers continue to adapt the song to talk about how injustice plays out in cases like those of Trayvon Martin and Rachel Corrie.
The Nairobi Mall Attack: Let’s Give Our Boys Something Better to Be a Part Of The Nairobi Mall Attack: Let’s Give Our Boys Something Better to Be a Part Of
by Simon Okelo
When the Westgate Mall was attacked by a terrorist group that aggressively recruits young men, one Kenyan asked—how can we respond to the pain and vulnerability of our boys before groups like Al-Shabab can reach them?
 Inequality for All: Documentary Antidote to "Elysium Economy" Inequality for All: Documentary Antidote to "Elysium Economy"
by Chuck Collins
From gated communities in outer space to graphs about who owns the wealth, two new films are giving Americans a window into the issue of income inequality
"Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" Is as Beautiful Visually as It Is Spiritually "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" Is as Beautiful Visually as It Is Spiritually
by Heidi Hutner
Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar's presentation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's life will inspire you.
The Spiritual Side of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama The Spiritual Side of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama
by Valerie Schloredt
Photographer Jane Feldman on earning the trust of beloved world leaders—and capturing their laughter.
“Renegade Gardener” Plots World Domination Through Home-Grown Veggies “Renegade Gardener” Plots World Domination Through Home-Grown Veggies
by Katrina Rabeler
Ron Finley speaks to YES! about why “gardening is gangsta” and how he's getting city youth back in the dirt.
Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending
by Madeline Ostrander
We can’t change the world if we can’t even sing together—a star folk singer on what happens if political music dies.
How a Detroit Conference Is Shaping the Future of Feminism How a Detroit Conference Is Shaping the Future of Feminism
by Dani McClain
For a few short days at the Allied Media Conference, change makers immerse themselves in the world they’d like to live in.
Don’t Wait for the Revolution—Live It Don’t Wait for the Revolution—Live It
by Andrew Boyd
When pranksters and creative organizers create temporary utopias, the experience leaves us wanting more—and ready to work hard to get it.
Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” Reminds Us to Cherish Freedom of Spirit—Not Just Speech Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” Reminds Us to Cherish Freedom of Spirit—Not Just Speech
by Christa Hillstrom
What we still have to learn from the world’s favorite riot grrrls.
Melodeego: The Hippest Bike-Powered Band in Town Melodeego: The Hippest Bike-Powered Band in Town
by Chuck Collins
Melodeego has been making music for the environment for years. Their songs include protests of the Keystone XL pipeline and other topics inspired by the anti-climate change movement.
“Modified Social Benches”: An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing “Modified Social Benches”: An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing
by Cat Johnson
An installation of creatively shaped benches in Belgium pushes the edge of urban sit-ability.
Mothers Day Cards that Actually Depict Our Moms Mothers Day Cards that Actually Depict Our Moms
by Corey Hill
The reality of motherhood in America has little in common with the comfortable images portrayed in cards and on TV. A set of Mothers Day e-cards you can send for free shows moms that better reflect our diverse society.
Would Smokey the Bear Get Arrested to Stop Fracking? Would Smokey the Bear Get Arrested to Stop Fracking?
by Peter Rugh
When artist Lopi LaRoe used Smokey the Bear imagery to encourage anti-fracking activism, the Forest Service threatened her with a lawsuit.
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