Who Deserves a Liberal Arts Degree? For Inmates, It’s a Way Out
by Liza Bayless
Obama's controversial pilot program will make higher education dollars available to inmates this year. Proponents hope it will build on the success private liberal arts programs are achieving in prisons across the country.
Why We Need Tiny Colleges
by Marcus Ford
Could smaller—and cheaper—schools produce more thoughtful, engaged, and compassionate human beings?
10 Black Women Innovators and the Awesome Things They Brought Us
by Lindsey Weedston
From a better hairbrush to modern 3D technology, ten things that might never have existed without the invention or innovation of black women.
Why Sex Ed Should Include Lessons on Young Love
by Amy Schalet
The silence among adults about the existence of teen love may take a particular toll on adolescent boys.
How One Affluent Town Helps Its Neediest Students Get Into (and Stay In) College
by Kirk Carapezza
In New England, a community program matches college-savvy parents with first-generation college-bound students to help them navigate the overwhelming application process.
Another Extinction: Words We Use to Describe the Natural World
by Jack Turner
Why naturalists and their linguistic allies fight to keep the language that gives us our sense of place from falling out of modern dictionaries.
Our Favorite Books on How to Live a Happy and Meaningful Life
by Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam Smith
Thinking about your New Year’s resolutions for 2016? Here are 13 of this year’s most thought-provoking and useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
Video: How to Use What You Don’t Know to Your Advantage
by Liz Pleasant
Is intelligence really all it's cracked up to be? Author John Lloyd explains the value of ignorance.
Where Have Our Corpses Gone? How America's Death Phobia May Be Hurting Us
by Liz Pleasant
Los Angeles-based mortician Caitlin Doughty talks about America’s tendency to keep dead bodies out of sight, and how that may be bad for our families and communities.
A Lifelong Search for Real Education
by Julia Putnam
Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs brought people together to rebuild inner-city Detroit and to teach the things you can’t learn in a classroom. At 94, Grace is still at it.
Video: People of All Ages Tell Their Slightly Younger Selves How to Age Gracefully
by Liz Pleasant
“Nobody knows what the hell they’re doing,” and other tips from people older than you.
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.
How My Family Farm Is Like a Team of Superheros
by Shannon Hayes
As I begin to take over my parent’s farm, I’ve learned how important it is for my family to celebrate our strengths, acknowledge our weaknesses, and work together as a team.
Like to Blame Others When Bad Things Happen? Here's What You're Missing Out On
by Liz Pleasant
This best-selling author explains why blame is bad for us and our relationships.
This “Raging Granny” Crashed a Wall Street Dinner to Demand Answers
by Peter D'Auria
“Two Raging Grannies” is a beautifully shot film that juxtaposes a journey into activism with a profound meditation on aging.