Little Missouri River, North Dakota.
Recent research shows that US rivers are becoming saltier and more alkaline. Salt pollution threatens drinking water supplies and freshwater ecosystems, but there is no broad system for regulating it.
Students rally outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, on March 14, 2018 to protest gun violence.
In order to prevent school shootings, schools must use threat assessments like the ones that law enforcement uses to protect public figures, a leading expert on school safety argues on Capitol Hill.
Congress could learn a thing or two about acting proactively from Elon Musk, seen here with his Dragon space capsule.
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
Research shows the ability to act strategically for the long term is a key component of successful leadership – and sorely lacking in Congress these days.
Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” is a scary representation of Puritan life in the 17th century.
(The Witch, A24 Films, 2016)
Robert Eggers’ indie film The Witch brilliantly chronicles Puritan life in the 1630s. Horror soon ensues as children disappear into the woods and one girl, Thomasina, is accused of witchcraft.
People shouting and yelling slogans during a protest in front of the US Consulate to denounce Donald Trump’s immigration policies on January 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.
Media pundits are promoting Canada as exceptional in its tolerance and diversity but the truth is, Canadians have a tendency not to be not less racist than Americans, but to be less loud about it.
To comply with air pollution laws, midwest energy companies built tall smokestacks to displace pollutants. This one at Indiana’s Rockport Generating Station is 1,038 feet high, just 25 feet shorter than the Eiffel Tower.
Trump administration officials argue that states can regulate more effectively than the federal government. But without leadership from the top, federalism may allow red states to avoid acting.
Margaret Morton’s photographs of the homeless highlighted their makeshift dwellings as symbols of creativity and resourcefulness.
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Even though they don't consistently have a roof over their heads, the homeless do their best to create a routine, form communities and make a home – just like the rest of society.
What will be left of rural television stations?
Federal rules governing television stations were meant to keep them connected to the communities they serve. The Trump administration wants to weaken those rules, and those civic links.
Have the Supreme Court’s rulings changed over time?
The Supreme Court's public reputation is strong in part because people see it as less political than other government branches. What can text analysis tell us about how accurate that perception is?
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As the Trump administration settles into office, regulators and lawmakers have big plans for shifting the country's media landscape, with potentially profound effects on the public.
Will talk of adapting to climate change be less polarizing politically? Faced with rising seas, Miami is adapting by raising its roads.
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
Talk of adapting to climate change is less polarizing to conservatives than the idea of slashing emissions.
What's the proper way to behave at a Holocaust memorial? Is that even the right question?
Michel de Montaigne mentionne un mariage entre deux hommes à Rome, au XVIᵉ siècle.
Le mariage entre personnes du même sexe n’est pas un phénomène récent : voilà des siècles que les couples d’hommes et de femmes réclament le droit de se marier.
Does our dependence on smartphones harm our social fabric?
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The more often Americans used their phones to obtain information, the less they trusted strangers. How can this be, and what does it mean?
French essayist Michel de Montaigne once described a ceremony between two male lovers at Saint John at the Latin Gate in Rome.
Same-sex marriage is not a 20th-century phenomenon; couples have long claimed the right to marry.
FBI Director James Comey on Capitol Hill explaining his why he won’t prosecute Hillary Clinton.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File
A historian and biographer of J. Edgar Hoover answers questions on how FBI director James Comey is handling a position with a dark past.
The FCC has the power to save us from slow, expensive internet service.
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The Federal Communications Commission has broad power to support fast, affordable internet service reaching every home in the U.S. What are its limits – and its possibilities?
Profits from slavery funded education. Washington and Lee University campus.
Robert of Fairfax
The slave trade was used to fund American universities. Scholars are looking to recover the lost stories of the enslaved humans who built some of America's oldest institutions.
A colorized 1937 photograph of a shantytown on the outskirts of Seattle.
Like Brazil's favela dwellers, America's working poor felt a sense of pride and community in their shantytowns – and desperately resisted the powerful interests that sought to demolish them.
A common sight: smartphones at mealtime.
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Anecdotal evidence suggests the pervasiveness of smartphones is making us increasingly distracted and hyperactive. Does research support that conclusion?