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People with autism sometimes struggle to tell stories, but there are ways parents can help. Pressmaster / Shutterstock.com

How parents can help autistic children make sense of their world

People tell each other stories every day about the things they've seen and done. For many children with autism, this kind of personal narrative doesn't come easily. Here's how parents can help.
An empty wheelchair – or is there a person there we do not see? From www.shutterstock.com

The patients we do not see

For many of the nation's poor, food and shelter are more important than health care. Questions of insurance coverage loom broadly, but another question lingers: how to treat the poor we do not see.
Enron stands as one of the most infamous examples of corporate fraud in history. Lack of regulation in the charter school sector is leaving some schools open to the same type of fraud. Reuters/Richard Carson

Is charter school fraud the next Enron?

Enron stands as one of the most infamous scandals in business history. With a growing charter school sector and lax regulation, the same kind of corruption and fraud is rearing its ugly head.
As journalism loses its financial footing, it may need more support from foundations. Tim Karr/Free Press

Can charity save journalism from market failure?

Big cash infusions can give nonprofit journalism a much-needed boost. But the ailing news industry needs more consistent funding.
Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. Bob Wick, BLM/Flickr

National monuments: Presidents can create them, but only Congress can undo them

President Trump has ordered a review of national monuments protected by his predecessors, and may try to abolish or shrink some. But four legal experts say that only Congress has that authority.
It never ends. Daniel Oines/flickr

Is there any way to stop ad creep?

A host of spaces that were once immune to commercial intrusion – from parks to our friendships – are now being infiltrated by advertisers. Are we being enslaved by a 'merciless master'?
Is there a geometry lesson hidden in ‘The Last Supper’? Wikimedia Commons

Did artists lead the way in mathematics?

Mathematics and art are generally viewed as very different. But a trip through history – from an Islamic palace to Pollock's paintings – proves the parallels between the two can be uncanny.
Kurt Morrow

Is the death penalty un-Christian?

In the Western world, the U.S. is one of only one of two countries with capital punishment, and support remains strongest in the 'Bible Belt'. Here's a look at the historic arguments within Christian communities over the death penalty.
Plant worker at Gorham Paper & Tissue, Gorham, New Hampshire, 2015. Erikabarker/Wikipedia

Is the paper industry getting greener? Five questions answered

Pulp and paper production is a major industry with a large environmental footprint. Recently, though, paper companies have worked to reduce pollution and promote sustainable forestry and recycling.
The Multi-faith Chapel at Hebrew Senior Life / Newbridge On The Charles, Dedham, Massachusetts. Randall Armor

The changing nature of sacred spaces

Even as congregations decline, chapels, meditation and prayer rooms are evolving as spaces of multi-faith worship and quiet reflection.
Tech billionaire Sean Parker and his wife Alexandra Lenas Parker are among today’s youngest and most ambitious donors. Rich Fury/Invision/AP Photo

Should the giving styles of the rich and famous alarm us all?

In 'The Givers,' author David Callahan warns that today's mega-rich philanthropists wield too much political clout. He may be exaggerating their power and lowballing the public's own strength.
Trump signs the Waters of the United States executive order on Feb. 28, 2017. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

One way Trump went big league in his first 100 days

The stack of executive orders, proclamations and memoranda Trump has signed makes other presidents' stacks look puny.
Though many of Thomas Jefferson’s educational policies were never passed during his lifetime, they became the foundation of federal education today. Portrait by Mather Brown / Wikimedia Commons

Federal role in education has a long history

Trump has ordered a task force to look into the federal government's role in schools. Where does this executive order fit in the country's long history of federal versus state educational policies?
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offers details of his boss’ proposed tax cut. ‘It’s big.’ Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

Would Trump’s tax cut be the biggest ever? Fat chance

The bar for achieving that lofty goal was set almost 150 years ago when Congress cut taxes from as high as 10 percent to zero over two years.
Syrian Christians and Muslims offer prayers for nuns held by rebels, at the Greek Orthodox Mariamiya Church in Damascus, Syria, in 2013. AP Photo

Syria’s forgotten pluralism and why it matters today

For many centuries, Syrian society has included people of many faiths – Sunni and Shi'i Muslims, Christians and Druze. This past is important to know to understand the present.
Will Bill Nye’s new show find a wider audience than Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’ did? Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

Can Bill Nye – or any other science show – really save the world?

Popular programming that focuses on science tends to not actually be all that popular. Bringing in new audiences who aren't already up to speed on science topics is a challenge.