Can America Heal After Ferguson? We Asked Desmond Tutu and His Daughter
by Sarah van Gelder, Fania Davis, Miles SchneidermanMay 27, 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?
How My Mom's Close Call Helped Me Appreciate Her, Flaws and All
by Shannon HayesMay 27, 2015
- When my mom had a medical emergency on Mother's Day, I was reminded to cherish the time I have with her.
Ireland Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage
by Liz PleasantMay 26, 2015
- Ireland makes history by legalizing gay marriage—reminding people that change is possible.
His Ancestors Were Slave Traders and Hers Were Slaves. What They Learned About Healing from a Roadtrip
by Sharon Leslie Morgan, Thomas Norman DeWolfMay 23, 2015
- We embarked upon a journey to test whether two people could come to grips with deep, traumatic, historic wounds and find healing. We had no idea where we would end up.
“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 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.
What It’s Like to Be Gay at a Christian College—Where It’s a Reportable Offense
by Jenny HudallaMay 21, 2015
- At Minnesota’s Bethel University, homosexuality has long been considered a character flaw. But these days, students are not so sure.
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.
These Friends from High School Bought an Abandoned Factory. Now They're Distilling Artisanal Whiskeys
by Samuel Dolgin-GardnerMay 20, 2015
- Much as blight can be contagious, so can renewal. How grassroots community groups are saving neighborhoods and building new businesses.
Where Do “Rednecks” Really Come From? A New Museum Has the Surprising Answer
by Catherine V. MooreMay 19, 2015
- Tourists spend $400 more per trip on average when their trips focus on history and culture. That could be a big opportunity for West Virginia's changing economy.
Bernie Sanders Just Introduced Legislation to Fund Free Undergrad Ed With Wall Street Transaction Taxes
by Deirdre FultonMay 19, 2015
- The "Robin Hood" tax on stock transactions would make education at public four-year colleges free.
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.
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.