Ireland Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage
by Liz PleasantMay 26, 2015
- Ireland makes history by legalizing gay marriage—reminding people that change is possible.
This Cancer Survivor Makes Greeting Cards for When “Get Well” Won’t Cut It
by Liz PleasantMay 22, 2015
- Tired of the lack of understanding with traditional "Get well soon" cards, Emily McDowell decided to create an alternative.
This Harry Potter Enthusiast Just Came Out as Trans on YouTube—And Thousands of People Are Watching
by Christopher Zumski FinkeMay 21, 2015
- Texas-born Jackson Bird waited 25 years to come out. Here's why he did it online.
These Minnesotans Boosted Walking in Their Small Town by 70 Percent. Here's How.
by Jay WalljasperMay 18, 2015
- In Albert Lea, Minnesota, residents rejuvenated their rural community through increased physical activity.
A Brief History of Happiness: How America Lost Track of the Good Life—and Where to Find It Now
by Sarah van GelderMay 15, 2015
- For decades, we've been taught that economic growth and buying more stuff will make us happy—while trashing the planet. The good news is, there’s a better kind of happy: It starts with meaningful work, loving relationships, and a thriving natural world.
Chicago Just Became the First U.S. City to Pay Reparations to Victims of Police Torture
by Araz HachadourianMay 15, 2015
- For nearly 20 years, officers of the Chicago Police Department tortured more than 100 people. How survivors and their lawyers won a decades-long fight.
What If Your Hometown Became "America's Rape Capital"?
by Christopher Zumski FinkeMay 14, 2015
- Missoula has a problem—just like every college town in America. A sociologist weighs in on Jon Krakauer's new book about sexual assault at the University of Montana.
Watch John Oliver Explain How Absurd the US Standardized Testing System Is
by Liz PleasantMay 08, 2015
- John Oliver does a damn good job of explaining how ridiculous our standardized testing system is.
These Moms Lost Their Kids to Violence. On Mother's Day Weekend, They're Marching on Washington
by Araz Hachadourian, Mary HansenMay 08, 2015
- Maria Hamilton's son Dontre was killed by police officers. After no one was charged, she sought out hundreds of other parents and decided to take their demands to Washington.
Tiny Houses in Paradise! 20 Incredible Vacation Rentals on Airbnb
by Cat JohnsonMay 06, 2015
- From caves in Spain to treehouses in Cape Town, check out Airbnb's best tiny house destinations.
"I Wish My Teacher Had Known..."—Adults on How Teacher Empathy Could Have Changed Their Lives
by Lindsey WeedstonApr 23, 2015
- Teachers don't always know the challenges kids deal with outside of the classroom. Sometimes talking can make all the difference.
Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy. Really!
by Zanna McKayApr 17, 2015
- From New York City to Barcelona, cities across the world are turning to “slow living” to make their communities happier and healthier in the face of increasing urbanization.
How I Learned to Ask For Handouts (No Matter How Weird It Feels)
by Shannon HayesApr 14, 2015
- Farming and writing don't bring home the bacon—why I'm no longer ashamed to ask my community to help.
8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline
by Kristin MoeApr 09, 2015
- TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.
When It’s Time to Hand the Farm to the Next Generation, the Simple Life Is Anything But
by Shannon HayesApr 08, 2015
- This year’s muddy spring presents my family with the chance to pull together more closely than ever.