Watch Jon Stewart’s Moving Comments on Charleston Shooting and Racism in America
by Liz PleasantJun 24, 2015
- For once, Stewart had no jokes to offer.
Meet the Scientist Breeding More Resilient Bees (And 4 Other People Working to Save the Pollinators)
by Miles SchneidermanJun 23, 2015
- With honeybee populations on the decline, scientists, lawyers, and even artists have set out to save humanity's most important pollinators.
Video: On the Water With Seattle “Kayaktivists” Who Stood Up to Big Oil
by Jennifer LuxtonJun 19, 2015
- They couldn’t stop the massive rig from heading to Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. But they seem to have invented a new, waterborne form of activism along the way.
Can Money Help Shrink Jail Populations? The MacArthur Foundation Is Betting $75M on It
by Puck LoJun 11, 2015
- The grants will help jail systems develop a plan for eliminating “the overuse and misuse of jails.” But prisoner advocate Dan Berger says this doesn’t address larger issues like police bias and racism.
150 Years Later, Two Universities Answer for Their Founder's Role in the Sand Creek Massacre
by Ned BlackhawkJun 08, 2015
- Under pressure from students and community members, Northwestern University and University of Denver take the first steps towards righting historic wrongs.
Ursula K. Le Guin Calls on Fantasy and Sci Fi Writers to Envision Alternatives to Capitalism
by Araz HachadourianJun 04, 2015
- This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system.
Is Populism Making a Comeback? What You Need to Know About Its History—And Its Future
by Fran KortenJun 02, 2015
- The 19th century populists gave us co-ops and workers' rights. Here's how we can build on their work to solve 21st century problems.
Can America Heal After Ferguson? We Asked Desmond Tutu and His Daughter
by Fania Davis, Sarah van GelderMay 29, 2015
- South Africans surprised everyone by transitioning to a relatively peaceful post-apartheid society. Here’s what Americans can learn.
This College Student Chained Herself to a Shell Oil Ship for Three Days. Here’s Why.
by Araz HachadourianMay 27, 2015
- Will young activists do anything to stop oil drilling in the Arctic?
Ireland Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage
by Liz PleasantMay 26, 2015
- Ireland makes history by legalizing gay marriage—reminding people that change is possible.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Is a Resource-Conscious Blockbuster for Our Time
by Kate AronoffMay 22, 2015
- Who ruined Mad Max’s world? The new film isn't afraid to lay blame — and suggest a way forward.
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.
Less than 1 Percent of Sweden’s Garbage Ends Up at the Dump
by Miles SchneidermanMay 20, 2015
- How the country heats its homes, and another 23 facts about our world today.
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.
You’ve Heard What’s Wrong in Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood. Here’s One Local’s Vision for Turning That Around
by Mary HansenMay 11, 2015
- Blaize Connelly-Duggan’s vision for the neighborhood is all about community ownership and development without displacement.