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.
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.
40 Acres and a Mule Would Be at Least $6.4 Trillion Today—What the U.S. Really Owes Black America
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Jeff NeumannMay 14, 2015
- Slavery made America wealthy, and racist policies since have blocked African American wealth-building. Can we calculate the economic damage?
How Lynching Shaped American History—From the Old South to Modern Prisons
by Liz PleasantMay 13, 2015
- For Bryan Stevensen, the largest evil surrounding African-American history isn’t slavery, but the pervasiveness of white supremacy and the difficulty we have discussing it openly.
Even in a Drought, California Farms Have a Future—But They’ll Need Local Control to Succeed
by Keith HarringtonMay 12, 2015
- Some California farmers have discovered ways to farm that use very little water, yet thirstier methods still dominate. What gives?
Want the Best Solutions for California’s Epic Drought? Ask a Farmworker from the Central Valley
by Sarah MirkMay 12, 2015
- “Low-income disadvantaged communities are the best water conservationists: At the end of the day, we’re not going to waste water because it costs money.”
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.
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.