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Video: Rosie King | How Autism Freed Me To Be Myself

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic.

January 14, 2023 · 4 Comments

Charlie Amáyá Scott: Beyond the Binary | Retelling the Diné Creation Story

I have spent years learning and unlearning what it means to be Diné and to be Queer and to be Trans in this world—this world that denied me First Woman’s gift. Now I am reclaiming this gift.

January 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

Baron Wormser: Remembering the Alchemists & Other Essays 

One sentence speaks for all his direct, well-wrought sentences: “We are inside the largest militarist society the world has ever known, and we are at war always.”

January 11, 2023 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: American Exceptionalism on Full Display

Why This Country Might Want to Lower Its Expectations

January 10, 2023 · 4 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: When Monrovia Rises

All day, boys younger
than history can remember, shout at one another
on a street corner near me about a country they
have never seen.

January 9, 2023 · 5 Comments

Mehdi Alavi: British Genocide in Kenya | Time for a Reckoning

No sum can ever wipe out the suffering of the Kenyan people. But British reparations will serve three important functions.

January 9, 2023 · 6 Comments

Christian Jarrett: The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology

Here we spread some bad news about… well, all of us… through 10 dispiriting findings that reveal the darker and less impressive aspects of human nature…

January 7, 2023 · 8 Comments

Aric Sleeper: ‘Public Trust’—A Key Legal Tool to Preserve Our Natural Resources

There are underutilized legal weapons already on the books that can help fight big corporations and preserve the planet’s natural resources, such as watersheds and large forests… That legal weapon, a component of property law, is a concept known as the ‘public trust.’

January 6, 2023 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: It Was Dark. It Was Loud. It Was Hard For Many.

In America, where the dark and crazy remain strong, we choose to begin the year taking solace and inspiration from President Zelensky…

January 5, 2023 · 1 Comment

Edison Jennings: Old Times There Are Not Forgotten

A student at Patrick Henry High, Oakum
asserted he didn’t give a shit about Marse Robert,
Stonewall Jackson, Beaux Beauregard, or any
of them fancy Southern boys

January 5, 2023 · 5 Comments

Jade Prévost-Manuel: Could Breadfruit Help Trinidad and Tobago Brace for Climate Change?

Despite its colonial origins, breadfruit is now the subject of international research to evaluate its potential as a staple crop in a warming world.

January 3, 2023 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Black College Students Are An Endangered Species Unless They Play Ball

One thing seems certain if the Supreme Court bans affirmative action in college admissions: The only Black men left on campus will be athletes.

January 2, 2023 · 4 Comments

Video: Safe

On a winter night in Atlantic City, the manager of a defunct casino must reckon with his parental failures when his unruly son needs help out of an illicit bind.

January 1, 2023 · 2 Comments

Parichehr Kazemi: How female Iranian activists use powerful images to protest oppressive policies

Images of unveiled Iranian women and adolescent girls standing atop police cars or flipping off the ayatollah’s picture have become signature demonstrations of dissent in the past few months of protest in Iran.

December 29, 2022 · 2 Comments

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