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Dispatches From the Edge of Change: Why Montana's Fossil-Fuel Resistance Gives Me Hope
by Sarah van Gelder
Meet the ranchers, grandmothers, professors, and tribes who are bringing back grizzlies, blocking oil equipment deliveries, getting arrested—and having a great time doing it.
Why Breast Milk Is the Ultimate Food Story (And Other News)
by YES! Staff
New Orleans sees a wave of grassroots activism after Katrina, D.C. stops a major utility merger, and a food writer lays out the superpowers of breast milk.
“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van Gelder
University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.
Drugs, Sex, and Debt: It’s Time to Revamp “The Talk”
by Dina Gachman
Let’s remove the shame from the conversation and help the next generation avoid the debilitating amounts of debt that keep us from buying houses or taking vacations.
Sci-Fi Fandom Declares Victory After Reactionary Nominees Lose Big at the Hugos
by Miles Schneiderman
Despite a deck stacked against women and people of color, the voters rewarded both.
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.
How Seattle Made Dark Alleys Safer—By Throwing Parties In Them
by Araz Hachadourian
Since nearly a third of the city's walkable spaces are filled with cars, these residents decided to take back the alleys.
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.
How One San Francisco Neighborhood Became “Immune” to Gentrification
by Rick Jacobus
With more than a quarter of the Tenderloin’s housing stock owned by nonprofits or the government, longtime residents have staying power.
At the World's First Empathy Museum, Visitors Walk a Mile in Another Person’s Shoes—Literally
by Roman Krznaric
Founders of the first ever empathy museum are calling for a revolution of human relationships. Here's how you can help.
Video: 10 Years After Katrina, Has New Orleans Recovered?
by Laura Flanders
This new documentary looks at gentrification in New Orleans and its effects on the city's low-income communities.
The Crunch: The Michigan Town That's Sending All Its Kids to College (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
This week we're talking about universal parental leave, how California's winning the drought, and $5,000 scholarships for every kid in Baldwin, Michigan.
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.
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.