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Being Black at Mizzou: Then and Now | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices

I don't know what it's like to be an average Black student at the Mizzou in 2015, though I imagine it's not very different from what it was like when I studied there in the early '90s.

Call My Mama: The Biggest Lesson from Spring Valley High | Posted 10.29.2015 | Black Voices

Regardless of the screams and cries for help, Black parents alone cannot save their children. In most cases, if they tried to intervene, they would become victims of the same fate.

Decreasing Number of Uninsured: Metric For Success of the Affordable Care Act?

John Geyman | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

While it is tempting to look at just one metric--the decline in numbers of the uninsured, this is a trap if used to deceive ourselves as to the success of the ACA. As the above examples indicate, we still have a long way to go before we can say that we have reformed U. S. health care in the public interest.

The 3-Letter Word That Cuts Women Down Every Day

Cameron Schaeffer | Posted 10.26.2015 | Women
Cameron Schaeffer

It's immensely difficult to prioritize what's important when we critique ourselves constantly as a result of the world's harsh judgment.

Lea Michele Writes Powerful Essay On The Importance Of Empowering Other Women

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.21.2015 | Women

"Too often, women are not encouraged to express ourselves." That's what Lea Michele wrote in an op-ed for The Daily Beast this week. Michele exp...

I Used to Be a Muslim Fundamentalist. Here Is My Story.

Ladan Archin | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Ladan Archin

Ever since the Boston marathon bombings, the question I hear most often is "why would a Western-educated individual become so radicalized?" While everyone's path is unique, I wanted to share my journey, albeit from a female perspective, to help make sense of what has led -- for some -- to senseless acts of violence.

How We Can Achieve a More Inclusive History

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

This long weekend, as we reflect on his life and legacy, we also renew our dedication to a cause Dr. King held dear: ensuring the story we tell ourselves as a nation is an inclusive one, which does justice to all our communities and captures the full spectrum of the American past.

In Defense of 'Nudging': When the Government Nudges, Everyone Wins

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jon Jachimowicz

'Nudging' -- intentionally designing our environments to make certain decisions more likely than others -- can be an effective and ethically sound tool to help people make better decisions for themselves and for society at large.

My Morning With Nixon

Jerelle Kraus | Posted 10.25.2014 | Arts
Jerelle Kraus

In 1983, I entered my New York Times office to a ringing telephone. "This is Ray Price, President Nixon's press secretary. He wants to speak to you." Then came the unmistakable voice

What If We Changed the Way Content Is Shared?

Matt Murrie | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Matt Murrie

In her conversation from the What If... ? Conference last March, Content Community Creator, Audrey Bellis starts out sharing her belief that comment s...

The Upside of 'Marrying Down'

Dr. Sonya Rhodes | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Dr. Sonya Rhodes

Old ideas die hard. But today's romances more and more reflect that smart women and men are neither marrying up or marrying down -- we're just marrying the right person.

The Fine Line of Genocide History

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 04.06.2014 | Media
Stephen D. Smith

When reporting genocidal incidences, historians take on a heavy responsibility. Just 20 years after the genocide committed against the Tutsi of Rwanda, many of the protagonists are still alive and grappling their own narratives, and still feeling their pain.

What Can Small Arts Organizations Learn From Robin Thicke?

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

When it comes down to it, I don't know that Miami City Ballet and Flo Rida are meant to get along, but it sure is fun to imagine a world that embraces the good from these very different worlds.

Friday Talking Points -- Defending Populism

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back (after we took last week off, to digest) to our Friday roundup! We should have two weeks of news to cover, but nothing much of anything strange or startling happened Thanksgiving week, so we're going to concentrate on just this current week.

Demise of the International Herald Tribune

Ladan Rafii | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Ladan Rafii

If there was ever a newspaper one could consider a friend all over the world, it was the International Herald Tribune. It conveyed a sense of warmth and familiarity that is often missing when one is living and working abroad.

Whose Crime Is It Anyway?

Stephanie Manes | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Stephanie Manes

A political marriage is a lightening rod for our most retrograde gender attitudes, as well hidden as they may be in other arenas.

One Small Step for You: A Look Into the Slumdog Children Across the World

Hillary Kaylor | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

You walk from place to space, your shoes carrying you all the way. Protected and safe. But what if they took you somewhere else? To a prison, to a war zone, into a burning garbage dump?

Prep School: Talking Trash

Petra Janney | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Petra Janney

College has been a heavenly vacation from the bleak reality that Exeter introduced me to. It's a reality in which shyness is considered a treatable disease; in which knowledge is no match for lung capacity; and in which breaking the mold is only acceptable if you make enough money doing so.

Why Don't Newspapers Take Unsolicited Submissions Seriously?

Michael Hobbes | Posted 04.07.2013 | Media
Michael Hobbes

A lot of people are sitting on fascinating stories about the places where they work, where they live, what's happening in their lives. This is what journalists, what journalism, are supposed to be concerned with.

Mitt Romney... Oh My God

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Michael Morgenstern

I find that now that the election is over, it's the first time I want to talk about it. I realize now that while I thought I was avoiding politics because it was a theater, there was also another reason.

New York Professor: Stop Teaching Kids Algebra Will Improve Grad Rates

Posted 07.30.2012 | Education

In a July 28 New York Times op-ed titled “Is Algebra Necessary?” Queens College political science professor emeritus Andrew Hacker questions the r...

Is This The Scariest Man On TV?

The Daily Beast | Posted 04.26.2012 | TV

The scariest man on television is obsessed with cakes. Ron Ben-Israel, the host of Food Network’s bizarre culinary competition series "Sweet Geni...

Is Big Agriculture Contributing to Antibiotics Resistance in Humans?

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 08.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

Does the agricultural use of antibiotics contribute to their diminishing effectiveness in people? The debate over Big Agriculture's use of antibiotics is becoming a culture war of facts.

Consider a Gap Year

David D. Burstein | Posted 06.15.2011 | College
David D. Burstein

I took a gap year and it actually changed my life. Although, I initially resisted the idea, wanting to stay "on track," I soon realized that this wouldn't "set me back" at all.

Pray For Prayer

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeff Schweitzer

A belief in god is the ultimate proof that the believer is not comfortable with not knowing: faced with uncertainty, instead of saying "I don't know," believers make up answers like "It's god's will."