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New Artist Reviews: The Clear

Morena Duwe | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Comprised of Chris Damms, Jules Buffey and Bryan Day, The Clear's dynamic is always shifting as Jules and Chris both sing and Bryan plays multiple instruments. Always writing their music together creates a oneness and unity, above ego, which infuses their sound with an authentic and multi-dimensional energy.

Baha'i Prayer and Quotes About America

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

Although it began in the nineteenth century in what was then Persia, the scriptures of the Baha'i Faith have some specific prayers and passages about the destiny of America that are thought-provoking.

Defiance, Confederate Flags, and What to Do Now

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Stacy Parker Le Melle

If anyone is saying that change is impossible, they are being drowned out by those calling out, specifically, for ways to bring ourselves into full American citizenship -- the rights and privileges that we've been fighting for, continuously, since emancipation. The ones that immigrants have fought for since arrival.

The Most Beautiful Places In The Country

Thrillist | Posted 06.25.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

There's a reason that song they play during the seventh-inning stretch at baseball games isn't called "America the Mediocre."

Clinton Speaks From Her Heart and Connects With People

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The time has come for the far-left of the Democratic Party to come to grips with reality; Hillary Rodham Clinton can win the Presidency and Bernie Sanders can't.

Art Drives Activism: One Musician's Response to Charleston

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Media
Sheila Moeschen

In the wake of unspeakable terror, unthinkable violence, I am grateful for the way musicians allow themselves to feel called to put in a pin in the hustle for a livelihood and, instead, turn their gifts into opportunities to shift thought and make meaning out of what is unfathomable.

How Americans and Chinese Think About Happiness Differently

David Sze | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Researchers and thinkers have often claimed that cultures can be divided between individualistic cultures and collectivistic cultures. The former prioritize individual satisfaction and achievement, while the latter prioritize the collective goals of the family, group and society.

Alzheimer's Will Not Be How My Grandmother's American Dream Ends

James Barrett | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
James Barrett

My grandmother fought her entire life for the American Dream. She came through Ellis Island as an immigrant from Greece without speaking a word of English. Alzheimer's will not be how her American Dream ends. This disease needs to be taken seriously. It's time to raise our voices for those who can't.

College Daze

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.23.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

As soon as my lawyer gets out of jail, I am going to file a classless action lawsuit against the makers of "National Lampoon's Animal House" for theft of intellectual property.

Dear White People (and Others): It Seems Like Some of You May Have Forgotten, So Again, Here's Why #BlackLivesMatter

Chevonne Harris | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

After 400 years of slavery, lynching, segregation and the complete whitewash of the word "swag" and all our best dance moves, haven't we suffered enough?

A Searching Moral Inventory: America's Opportunity to Avoid the Haunting Self-Destruction of Racism

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Healing the long-term, collective race-based wounds to the psyches and emotions of Americans will not be an easy or expeditious task. But it MUST be done if we are to have the type of healthy, strong and united nation needed to survive an otherwise volatile and unpredictable world.

Civil Behavior Abounds in Response to Tragedy

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

The tragedy last week in Charleston, S.C., in which nine people were murdered, has evoked a local, state and national response bathed in civility.

Well... What's Next?

Moni Oyedepo | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Moni Oyedepo

I don't know what's going to happen next in America. I don't see another Civil Rights movement happening. I definitely don't see a race war starting. However, some kind of large scale millennial-aged movement is on the verge of happening if the status quo doesn't start changing soon.

How Many Public Schools Does it Cost to Bomb ISIS?

Emil Mella | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Emil Mella

We, as a human race in general, just need to take a huge 7-and-some-billion-people-dosage of the chill pill.

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.22.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Do you know where you'll be watching fireworks for the Fourth this year? If you haven't already made plans, you've come to the right place.

A Letter From a White South African to White America

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Bronwyn Lea

I've been watching #blacklivesmatter trend on Twitter: grief and outrage and opinions from every corner. And, as someone who grew up in Apartheid South Africa, this all feels eerily familiar. I listen to people talk and think I remember, and I recognize that.

The 20 Most Bizarre Traffic Laws In America

Supercompressor | Posted 06.17.2015 | Travel
Supercompressor

Here are some of the most bizarre traffic laws in the United States. And yes, there will be a quiz. Given by the police. If you speed. So print this out.

Standing Up for Our Heritage on Flag Day

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

Our national parks, monuments and public lands reflect our national identity. These are the very best scenic, historic, cultural and wildlife areas in our country. These are the national treasures we agreed as a nation to protect for the next generation -- for my kids and yours.

Two American Heroes Show Us How to Restore Our Exceptionalism

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Molly Alexander Darden

On June 6th, they buried Beau Biden, an American hero. Biden expressed his patriotism by living his ideals as a loving family man, an attorney, military officer in the Judge Advocate General Corp, an Iraq War veteran and a politician.

The Most Underrated Tourist Attraction In All 50 States

Supercompressor | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Supercompressor

There's nothing wrong with going full tourist when you're visiting a new state--you'd be blowing it if you didn't make time for a trip to The Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate.

How Do Afghans Debate Terrorism?

Nushin Arbabzadah | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Nushin Arbabzadah

At the level of opinion leaders whose views trickle through the social media, Afghans' debates on terrorism reveal a strong ethnic prejudice. Vocal non-Pashtun opinion leaders view terrorism through an ethnic lens.

The 21 Best Seafood Shacks In America

Thrillist | Posted 06.10.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

It's summertime, the livin' is easy, and seafood shacks are throwing open their doors.

Why There Is No Stopping the Funding of the Islamic State

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The governments of Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have for many years funded anti-Shia political and military movements in the Middle East without any substantial resistance from the international community.

Collective Bargaining in the Digital Workplace

Lowell Peterson | Posted 06.08.2015 | Media
Lowell Peterson

As Gawker's writers have demonstrated, organizing in digital media is a real option, not an abstraction or a fantasy. People who do this work really can come together for their own common good.

These Are America's Best Doughnuts

The Daily Meal | Posted 06.05.2015 | Taste
The Daily Meal

While some doughnut shops keep it strictly traditional, for others the sky's the limit.