Politics and History

A light in the dark (from a phone)

Filmmaker Astra Taylor wants to reclaim the democratic potential of personal technology.More

Researchers at the Electoral Integrity Project analyzed elections in 153 countries. The US ranked below a lot of countries — Sweden,...More

markets

Economist E. Glen Weyl has invented a market-driven voting system that he believes is much fairer and more democratic than one-vote-per-...More

Baby

If democracy means balancing everyone's interests, then why shouldn't children — and even babies — have a vote?  Political...More

Fun outside on election day

A lot of American citizens don't bother to vote.  Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, says "there's no such thing as not...More

The average American voter is NOT smarter than a fifth grader, doesn't understand basic political facts and should probably not be...More

Targeted person

Political microtargeters develop sophisticated and subterranean campaigns to win vulnerable voters. Cathy O'Neil, data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org, warns that politicians are perilously close to being able to tell voters only what they want to hear.More

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The idea of our elections being "rigged" will seemingly be a part of our national discourse for the foreseeable future, so we decided to assemble a few alternative models to the conventional electoral process.More

connected world

What would a world without national borders look like?More

Constitution

When author Laurie Halse Anderson learned founding father Benjamin Franklin was a slave owner, she felt sick.

"It nauseated...More

Science March

Journalist Mark Engler explains why some protests flourish whereas others fail.More

ruined boats

There’s a lot of scientific debate about the future of climate change. But have you ever considered the worst case scenario? David Wallace-Wells gives us one terrifying glimpse into the future.More

Kameel Stanley and Tim Lloyd of "We Live Here"

Two St. Louis podcasters take the conversation about race to a national level. More

Immigrants on Ellis Island

The story of immigration is inseparable from America's history, and usually, it's told as a tale of struggle and ultimate success. It...More

"the queue" book cover

Writer Basma Abdel Aziz on the transformative effect of the Egyptian uprisingMore

digital and analog, together

Many of us are living two lives – old-school analog and cutting-edge digital. And that’s okay. More

Bobby Norfolk

A master storyteller brings the Negro League’s iconic players to life.More

Tetris

There are currently 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. Jose Angel N is one example.More

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