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Do Ads Keep the Internet Democratic? (And Other News to Chew on)
by YES! Staff
Drone footage shows nature taking back what’s hers; Washington high-school students build tiny houses for the homeless; and the epic tech battle over adblockers.
How to Make Your Own Toothpaste, Lip Balm, and Deodorant—Without Nasty Chemicals
by Alexa Strabuk
And 2 other recipes for cleaning up naturally.
How Can We Be Happier? Experts Say Stop Worrying About Happiness in the First Place
by Liz Pleasant
In this video, The Atlantic asked a group of experts what we can do to be happier. Turns out our obsession with happiness might actually be hurting us.
Pope Francis Is Right: We Can’t Make Future Generations Solve Climate Change
by Kathleen Dean Moore
If we keep putting it off for our grandchildren to deal with, there will be no turning back.
1.5 Million American Families Live on $2 a Day—These Authors Spent Years Finding Out Why
by Marcus Harrison Green
For their new book, H. Luke Shaefer and Kathryn J. Edin followed the lives of America’s poorest families to find out what they need to break out of poverty, and how to make it happen.
Think Students Can’t Declare Bankruptcy? Think Again
by Araz Hachadourian
Bankruptcy is supposed to give debtors a fresh start—unless they’re struggling with student loans. But a little-known provision is helping these borrowers take their creditors to court.
Brazil Bans Corporate Donations in Politics (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
A California tribe fights bottled water; an Argentinian province dedicates 1 percent of civil service jobs to transgender workers; and Brazil's Supreme Court delivers a blow to corporate politics.
Anti-Racist Organizers Win as Seattle Council Votes to End Youth Incarceration
by Marcus Harrison Green
The resolution, which passed unanimously, endorses the goal of having no kids in detention in Seattle. It’s a move that chips away at the school-to-prison pipeline.
For These Borrowers and Lenders, Debt Is a Relationship Based on Love
by Nathan Schneider
There could be a different financial system, one where debt allows us to honor our freedom rather than our servitude.
Video: A Brief History of the Mass Incarceration of Black Americans
by Liz Pleasant
One in every three African American men will be sent to prison in their lifetime. In this video, Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses how so many black Americans get trapped behind bars.
Land Trusts Offer Houses That People With Lower Incomes Can Afford—And a Stepping Stone to Lasting Wealth
by Penn Loh
More than 200 land trusts around the country help struggling families buy their first homes, often in gentrifying neighborhoods.
The Feds Raided This Gay Sex Website—And Pushed Sex Worker Rights Into the Mainstream
by Joe Scott
After the seizure of, many in the sex worker and LGBTQ movements are finding common ground where they were once divided.
In London, Diversity and a Great School System Go Hand in Hand (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
The White House released a new tool to help calculate the cost of college, “Black Twitter” revolutionizes the meaning of intellectual, and an anti-rape curriculum in Kenya shows promising results.
Surgeon General’s Prescription for Health: Walk More
by Jay Walljasper
New landmark report announces national campaign to encourage Americans to walk more, by making communities safer and more accessible.
How Obama’s New EPA Regs Can Bring More Local Control Over Energy—Even in Red States
by Gar Alperovitz
The Clean Power Plan is counting on states to cut carbon emissions. Will they be the new frontiers for change?