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A Call for Humanity in a Bleeding World

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Elnaz Moghangard

With all the news headlines that we read today, it is easy to become overwhelmed with fear.

Teaching About the Horrific - ISIS, Slavery and Rape

Alan Singer | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Dear Teachers, How do we explain the horrific and how do we engage secondary students in meaningful discussions of very disturbing events? Should we focus narrowly on the issues presented in media or do we encourage students to place them in a broader historical context?

Ghosts of Wall Street

Joseph Grant | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Joseph Grant

It's been said of late that civility has been lost in politics. Maybe it never existed in politics to the extent we think it did. There has always been rancor and debate. There have always been cantankerous adversaries. But this year the mud-slinging seems a little more indulgent or shall I say self-indulgent?

Find Out if You've Lost the Awe in Shock Value

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.15.2016 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Watching the news these days is like watching a long-running soap opera. You can tune out for years, check back and discover that your favorite character is still dying or still having that baby.

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Travel

Jayne Herring | Posted 05.14.2016 | Travel
Jayne Herring

Taking a few simple steps can help travelers to better connect to new places, make amazing memories, truly feel at home in a strange land, and always have the best stories to tell.

Notes on Bruce Jenner and the Trans Grapevine

Darya Teesewell | Posted 05.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Darya Teesewell

An empty stomach and discouraged heart are hard to overcome. I urge my sisters and brothers who are hurting to see that, hopefully, the Jenner story is ultimately about raising you up where you stand this second, not about putting you down for what's in your purse or wallet.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Bruce Jenner

Jessica Herthel | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Jessica Herthel

At the end of the day, dodging the question just means that our kids are going to hear about Bruce Jenner from someone else; most likely an ill-informed classmate on the playground. Better we show respect for our kids by keeping it simple and speaking the truth, just as Bruce Jenner has finally and admirably done.

Married to a Machine

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Rym Tina Ghazal

My father had an announcement to make. Looking sheepishly at my mother and I, he said: "For three times a week, I will be away most of the day with s...

A Biblical Argument (Sort of) in Opposition to the Bible as Tennessee's State Book

Lee C. Camp | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

In the name of transparency, I voice three things: One, I've spent more time with the Bible open before me than any other book. I would not be who I am today, whether for good or ill, apart from the book.

The Mandate of Jesus on Maundy Thursday

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

The root of every problem in the world is the absence of love, and so the infusion of love must be the beginning of every solution. Jesus invites us to follow our Master's example, and reminds us that by taking this posture, we will be obeying all of his commands.

Three Major Misconceptions About Africa

Timothy Kurek | Posted 05.18.2015 | DC
Timothy Kurek

As fate would have it I was introduced to Gessye, a grad student in Washington, D.C. who has experienced firsthand the ignorance of beliefs about her continent and decided to actually do something about it.

Is the New AP Test Really Too Liberal?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.29.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Why all the conservative fuss? While we admit that it's been a long time since we've taken any tests other than a breathalyzer, we took one of the "sample" AP tests online to see for ourselves. Liberal bias? Really?

Why We Need to Know About Current Affairs

Tanya Nadine Khan | Posted 01.30.2015 | Teen
Tanya Nadine Khan

Since we live in a globalized world, every current event affects our daily lives. This is true, regardless of whether of you live in a small town or in a large, international city, like I do.

Use Twitter to Create a Global Classroom

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Homa Sabet Tavangar

At a time when global news is sounding alarms across so many issues, the need to connect, be informed, and deepen our understanding is greater than ever.

A Letter to Connecticut's Cassandra C.

Kayla Redig | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

On Jan. 8 the Connecticut Supreme Court agreed with state officials that Cassandra C., a 17-year-old with Hodgkin lymphoma, should be compelled to und...

Vote in Lester and Charlie's Annual Prediction Poll

Lester & Charlie | Posted 02.28.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

For more years than we care to count, you readers have helped us bet on what the big news stories of the next year will be. Sometimes, to our astonishment, we get something right.

What Blogging on The Huffington Post (and God) Taught Me

Rumni Saha | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rumni Saha

Recently I wrote a simple piece titled "Where Is the Faith?" that made it onto The Huffington Post. What ensued as a result of this rhetorical debate were discussions and experiences that led to a higher education that I had not bargained for. Here is what I learned.

Are You More Homicidal Than This Alabama 5-Year-Old?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 12.17.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week, school officials in Alabama put a 5-year-old girl on a suicide and homicide watch after she pointed a crayon at a kindergarten classmate and said "pew! pew!" Yes, this is real.

It's Time to Let Parents Be Parents And Kids Be Kids

Jessica Rosenberg | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rosenberg

The job of a parent isn't to solely keep their child safe; It's to teach them to be ready to live in the world.

Come on Down! You're the Next Contestant on "The Price is Right Wing!"

Lester & Charlie | Posted 12.03.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

If you think that game shows are just about trivia, spelling, quick reflexes and a way for Midwestern housewives to show America what they look like in a donkey suit, then you don't know game shows.

Panic! at the Disco Holds Court at the Greek Theater

Philip David Morton | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

Powerhouse band Panic! At the Disco brought their signature complex multi-leveled sound and pounding beat to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles this summer, keeping the SRO crowd on their feet with their current hits as well as old favorites

Colorado Students Are Right: Your History Is Un-American

Jason Endacott | Posted 11.26.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

I've been paying close attention to the events in Colorado in which students and faculty members of Jefferson County high schools have been protesting the formation of a curriculum review committee that would require students to learn a sanitized version of history that encourages blind patriotism and discourages any sort of protest.

If Scotland Leaves the UK

Wikistrat | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Wikistrat

Considering these risks and opportunities, Wikistrat evaluated four scenarios for charting Scotland's emergence as an independent country by the year 2020 -- if it gains independence within the next five years.

Miles of Aisles of Dissent: There's an App for That!

Lester & Charlie | Posted 11.04.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Technology that promised to connect us has instead isolated us, driving us from diversity to safe, homogenized forums and Facebook fan pages.

What the Hacker Scandal Means for Society

Katrina Sands | Posted 11.02.2014 | Entertainment
Katrina Sands

Why do we normalize forced and involuntary pornography of women? Why do we consistently participate in the exploitation of women, and why do we turn the ownership of the female body into a spectator sport?