Politics and History

Bastøy Prison from the air

For two years, criminal justice advocate Baz Dreisinger traveled the world, touring prisons in nine different countries, which she...More

Twins

Bioethicist Julian Savulescu says we have a moral obligation to use new technology to create the best possible children.

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Woman at dusk

Journalist Ariel Levy recounts how quickly everything—your career, marriage, family plans—can come unraveled.More

Women online, under attack

Facing the costs to being a victim of online harassment, where’s the law when you need it?More

An offender  of prostitution exposed to public shame

Think there's a renaissance of public shaming online? You're right. There's something about the anonymity of social media has people who probably seem perfectly nice in person, posting vicious, scathing, humiliating comments online.More

Daniel Schorr

Daniel Schorr, a legend and former senior news analyst for NPR who passed away in 2010, reminds us of the role journalists play in holding their feet to the fire of facts.More

Gavel

Martha Nussbaum may be one of the most well-respected living philosophers in the world today. For years, she’s investigated how...More

Duca V Carlson

A Teen Vogue editor finds herself arguing with Tucker Carlson. And then it gets worse.More

shame sad face sign

Can shame also be used for public good?  There’s a judge in Texas who’s famous for his creative – and controversial – shame-based sentences.  To hear how they work, let’s go back to Thanksgiving evening, 1996. Houston, Texas. More

Boys at school

When Ashanti Branch first started teaching, he noticed that a lot of boys at his school were kind of checked out, absent and not on track to graduate. He decided to push them to take off the "male mask."More

Giant inflatable rat in front of Wells Fargo

Maybe shame – painful as it is – has some value. Maybe it’s not just an emotion, but a social tool. Jennifer Jacquet thinks that there’s an upside to shame. More

Screen shot from the "American Male": http://michaelrohrbaugh.com/portfolio/main/american-male-2/

Michael Rohrbaugh's short film “American Male” portrays the pitfalls of hyper-masculinity with a punch.More

"inventing america"

Eric Liu reviewing “Inventing America” by Gary Wills.More

Sherman Alexie

Some trips are more about psychic distance, like that of novelist Sherman Alexie. He's spent his whole life shuttling across cultural divides.More

adults playing with Lego

Mary Kay Zuravleff's Dangerous Idea? Universal Recess.More

lightning

Ancient humans lived as hunter-gatherers, with animistic religions. So why did people start to believe in Big Gods?More

Donald Trump

People with a heightened sense of entitlement that they feel gives them a free pass. You and I have a word for these people. Philosopher Aaron James has an entire theory about them.More

Take it to the streets

Occupy Wall Street co-creator says activists are following an outdated script.More

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