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Your Yoga Pants Are Spewing Microplastics Into the Environment

This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. You probably know by now that when you wash a load of synthetic clothes, like yoga pants or ...

Added June 18, 2021

Yes, We Have an Aristocracy in America—and It’s Thriving

Early in the 19th century, not long after a bunch of British colonies became the United States of America, an aging John Adams and his friend and rival Thomas Jefferson exchanged dozens of letters in which ...

Added June 17, 2021

Yes, We Have an Aristocracy in America—and Yes, It’s Thriving

Early in the 19th century, not long after a bunch of British colonies became the United States of America, an aging John Adams and his friend and rival Thomas Jefferson exchanged dozens of letters in which ...

Added June 17, 2021

Critical Race Theory Panic Is Everywhere—Just in Time for Juneteenth

The latest “woke” boogeyman riling up conservatives is critical race theory, a scholarly framework that seeks to understand the role race and racism have played in all aspects of society. Of course, ask ...

Added June 17, 2021

How a Retired Louisiana Teacher Bagged the “Green Nobel Prize”

This story was originally published by the Guardian and reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A retired special education teacher from Louisiana who led a successful grassroots campaign ...

Added June 17, 2021

America’s Dynasties Are Thriving, Thanks

Early in the 19th century, not long after a bunch of British colonies became the United States of America, an aging John Adams and his friend and rival Thomas Jefferson exchanged dozens of letters in which ...

Added June 17, 2021

Biden Just Decided Not to Protect Meatpacking Workers From COVID

On the campaign trail last year, Joe Biden vowed that as president, he would stand up for workers being ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. One set of laborers in particular caught his attention: those ...

Added June 15, 2021

“In the Heights” Transported Me Into My Childhood—and Back Again

The chilly night under the bright stadium lights was a far cry from the dimly lit stage in Nueva York where I first saw In the Heights some 12 years ago. But as my wife and I—and dozens of other vaccinated ...

Added June 15, 2021

When the Frackers Get Too Close for Comfort

This story was produced by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. When Wanda Vincent looks out the windows of her daycare center in Arlington, Texas, past the playground, she sees a row of ...

Added June 15, 2021

Cops Tased and Tackled Black Teenagers Just Because They Were Holding Vapes

This weekend, police officers enforcing a vaping ban violently arrested four Black teens in Ocean City, Maryland. Police tackled and repeatedly kneed a 19-year-old on Saturday while arresting him for ...

Added June 14, 2021

Teachers Across the Country Are Protesting Laws That Stop Them From Talking About Systemic Racism

This weekend, teachers in more than 30 cities protested against new laws that would limit what they can say in the classroom about racism in the United States. The laws—in Texas, Idaho, Arkansas, Iowa ...

Added June 13, 2021

How Giving Native Americans Their Land Back Helps Protect Nature

This story was originally published by Yale E360 and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In 1908 the U.S. government seized some 18,000 acres of land from the Confederated Salish ...

Added June 13, 2021

In the Heights Transported Me Into My Childhood—And Back Again

The chilly night under the bright stadium lights was a far cry from the dimly lit stage in Nueva York where I first saw In the Heights some 12 years ago. But as my wife and I—and dozens of other vaccinated ...

Added June 13, 2021

How the White House’s Shift on Unemployment Insurance Could Undermine Its Own Economic Agenda

A team of White House economics advisers had, ostensibly, convened a brain trust of left-leaning think tanks and policy experts on Monday evening to discuss how they might help President Joe Biden build ...

Added June 11, 2021

Trump Went on an Execution Spree. Biden Can Make Sure That Doesn’t Happen Again.

The white supremacist who murdered nine Black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 is in the news again. Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to death by the federal government in 2017, has filed ...

Added June 11, 2021

Biden Just Decided Not to Protect Meatpacking Workers from COVID

On the campaign trail last year, Joe Biden vowed that as president, he would stand up for workers being ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. One set of laborers in particular caught his attention: those ...

Added June 10, 2021

Facebook Says It’s Ending Special Treatment for Politicians. Don’t Expect Real Change.

Last week, Facebook announced that it would stop giving special treatment to politicians. The policy change was greeted as big news. The Verge, which broke the story last Thursday, explained that Facebook ...

Added June 10, 2021

How the George Floyd Uprising Was Framed for White Eyes

In 1963, Walter Gadsden, 15 years old, was attacked by a police dog during a protest on the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. The moment was captured by Bill Hudson of the Associated Press. His photograph ...

Added June 10, 2021

Should Facebook Be Held Liable if Its Advertising Algorithm Discriminates?

Last year, Samantha Liapes wanted to buy insurance. She needed insurance for her home. She needed insurance for her car. And she needed life insurance. These financial products can prevent financial disaster ...

Added June 09, 2021

Is Canceling Student Debt Regressive? Actually It’s the Opposite, a New Study Finds.

Nearly six months into the Biden presidency, the student debt cancellation that he campaigned on is nowhere close to becoming reality. That’s in part due to the persistence of the idea among some economists ...

Added June 09, 2021

Should Facebook Be Held Liable If Its Advertising Algorithm Discriminates?

Last year, Samantha Liapes wanted to buy insurance. She needed insurance for her home. She needed insurance for her car. And she needed life insurance. These financial products can prevent financial disaster ...

Added June 09, 2021

How the 2022 Midterms Could Be Shaped by a Few Easy-to-Ignore Elections This Year

On most Tuesdays for the last five years, a gaggle of protesters have regularly gathered on a grassy hillside along a main drag in Sterling, Virginia, a far-flung suburb northwest of Washington, DC. In ...

Added June 08, 2021

Manchin Says Voting Rights Are “Fundamental” as He Torpedoes the Plan to Protect Them

“The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wrote in an op-ed on Sunday. Then he proceeded to ...

Added June 08, 2021

How the 2022 Midterms Could be Shaped by a Few Easy-to-Ignore Elections This Year

On most Tuesdays for the last five years, a gaggle of protesters have regularly gathered on a grassy hillside along a main drag in Sterling, Virginia, a far-flung suburb northwest of Washington, DC. In ...

Added June 08, 2021

New York’s Immigrant Bicycle Couriers Are Banding Together to Demand Change

On a sunny Saturday in March, Gustavo Ajche and Ligia Guallpa welcomed two dozen food delivery couriers to a morning rally in lower Manhattan. As mimosa drinkers filled SoHo cafes’ outdoor tables, couriers ...

Added June 08, 2021