Social change movements, engaged communities and special-interest groups.

This new feminist anthem is bringing an anti-rape message around the world

January 16, 2020

The song became a viral phenomenon that has circled the globe — from Chile to Turkey, from Mexico to New York City.  It’s far from a bit of pop confection, however: “The Rapist in Your Path” is a full-throated cri de couer that names the state, the police, and the man on the street as […]

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How a painful father/daughter conflict upended decades of Republican electoral strategy

January 15, 2020

The future of the American electoral system may pivot on the fraught relationship between a right-wing father and his radical daughter.  Stephanie Hofeller became famous last year after discovering a trove of files on her late father’s hard drives detailing his activism in right-wing gerrymandering and efforts to influence the U.S. Census.  Thomas Hofeller, a […]

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Here’s what happened when this North Carolina mom mapped local cancer cases using GIS software

January 10, 2020

After a Mooresville, North Carolina, teenager was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, her mom realized that the child’s case was not unique to her home town.  So Susan Wind began collecting data, and, using her knowledge of geographic-information software, she plotted out thyroid cancer cases on a map.  What she discovered — an apparent cluster of thyroid […]

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The World Wildlife Fund has a bloody little secret

December 5, 2019

Leaders of one of the world’s biggest environmental organizations were aware of ongoing human-rights abuses committed by their anti-poaching officers in Africa, according to an investigation by Buzzfeed News. Instantly recognizable for its iconic panda-bear logo, the World Wide Fund for Nature — known as the World Wildlife Fund in the United States — has […]

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Thangyat is sort of like slam poetry, and in Myanmar it can get you thrown in jail

December 4, 2019

Members of the Peacock Generation, a satirical performance troupe in Myanmar, face ongoing repression for staging politically offensive comedy. Using a traditional comic form called thangyat, members of the troupe made a target of Myanmar’s thin-skinned military — the Tatmadaw. Bans and censorship Thangyat, which mixes poetry, dance, and music, has at times been permitted […]

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New attitudes, and maybe a new law, are changing cultural appropriation in fashion design

November 20, 2019

What do luxury designers Max Mara, Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton all have in common? They have all been accused of plagiarism — or, more specifically, cultural appropriation of intricate designs that have emerged from indigenous cultures in Mexico, Laos, Thailand, Africa, Romania and elsewhere. Fashion and its discontents Indigenous groups across the […]

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