The Tiny House Village Holding a Family Together
by Viola GaskellMay 02, 2016
- A tiny house complex in Seattle shows what it can do for homeless families by helping one couple raise their baby together under one (very small) roof.
Retrofitting Suburbia: Communities Innovate Their Way Out of Sprawl
by Erin SagenApr 25, 2016
- The future for suburbanites, who now have twice the carbon footprint of city dwellers, seems to be pointing backward to pre-automobile, train-based living.
Happiness Inequality Is a Better Measure of Well-Being Than Income Inequality
by Kira M. NewmanApr 24, 2016
- Researchers say happiness reveals more about human welfare than standard indicators like wealth, education, health, or good government.
How a Health Clinic Made a Local Grocery Store Part of Its Prescription
by Bob Van MeterApr 19, 2016
- A partnership between a Boston health clinic and a local grocery shows what economic development can do when it makes community health a priority.
Why Does Being a Man Require So Many Masks?
by Terrance HayesApr 18, 2016
- National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes writes about fatherhood and his own struggle to negotiate Americans' narrow definition of masculinity.
The Science Behind Why Good Things Really Do Happen to People Who Wait
by Kira M. NewmanApr 17, 2016
- Religions and philosophers have long praised the virtue of patience; now researchers are starting to do so as well.
The Future of Libraries Is Bigger Than Books
by Cat JohnsonApr 16, 2016
- Modern libraries are essential in underserved communities as places where everyone is welcome to gather, work, borrow materials, or just spend time.
What’s It Like to Be the New Kid and a Refugee?
by Jaclyn ZubrzyckiApr 15, 2016
- Small town and suburban public schools become welcome centers as more immigrants are moving outside major metropolitan areas.
Politics on the Dance Floor: Reclaiming Queer and Black Roots in Electronic Dance Music
by Keith BarbalatoApr 14, 2016
- As the multibillion-dollar electronic music industry grows, artists and organizers are taking back the spaces and sounds of the marginalized people who started the genre.
You Know What’s Really Gross? Not Periods, But Taxes on Periods
by Lynsi BurtonApr 13, 2016
- Class action lawsuits point out the irrationality of sales-tax exemptions for items such as Rogaine, foot powder, and Viagra—but not menstrual products.
No Fossil Fuel? No Problem—7 Ways We're Already Living More Locally
by YES! StaffApr 11, 2016
- From affordable transit to local food for school lunches, many people across America are already on their way to living a life without oil.
Is Human Composting the Future of Death?
by Jennifer LuxtonApr 08, 2016
- Skip the formaldehyde. How your body could become beautiful soil.
Meet the Jeans-Wearing, Nature-Loving Nuns Who Helped Stop a Kentucky Pipeline
by Laura Michele DienerApr 07, 2016
- As fewer women enter the convent, what will become of Kentucky’s tradition of socially and environmentally engaged religious women?
Proud of Our Pidgin: The Newest Language in the U.S. Census
by Sheldon ItoApr 05, 2016
- When Hawaiian Pidgin Creole joined an official list of 350 languages spoken in U.S. homes, it lifted up communities throughout Hawai‘i and their rich immigrant history.
Digging Into the Meaning of Work (With Real Shovels)
by Jamie McCallumApr 01, 2016
- Is the work we do for pay like digging a hole to nowhere? The author put shovels in the hands of 15 people to find out.