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Video/Nature & Environment

In the murky waters of climate change, native fishers are among the most vulnerable

7 minutes

Essay/Human Rights

Caste lives on, and on

Indian society deludes itself that caste discrimination is a thing of the past, yet it suffuses the nation, top to bottom

Prayaag Akbar

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Essay/Politics & Government

Age of sincerity

In politics, as in militant religion, the performance of sincerity is everything, no matter whether right or wrong

Faisal Devji

Video/Poverty & Development

Pride, poverty and rapture in an Appalachian mining community where the jobs are gone

25 minutes

Video/Law & Justice

‘Continuously, silently screaming’ – the profound agony of solitary confinement

5 minutes

Essay/War & Conflict

The legend of the Legion

His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?

Robert Twigger

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Essay/History

A much-maligned Mughal

The great king Aurangzeb is among the most hated men in Indian history. A historian claims he’s been unjustly demonised

Audrey Truschke

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Idea/Anthropology

Eating people is wrong – but it’s also widespread and sacred

Ben Thomas

Video/War & Conflict

‘Semper paratus’ – how the organisation of the Roman army made it always ready for war

3 minutes

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Idea/History

A nation apologises for wrongdoing: is that a category mistake?

Danielle Celermajer

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Essay/Law & Justice

Why men rape

It’s not a profound mystery, or explained by deep psychosocial complexity. For rapists, rape is easy. And that must stop

Sandra Newman

Idea/Education

The slow professor can dish out a more nutritious education

Barbara Seeber & Maggie Berg

Video/History

War, conflict, bloodshed, upheaval or: how we got to Great Britain

7 minutes

Essay/Law & Justice

The legal imagination

Hypotheticals, fantastical beings, and a fictional omnibus: legal reasoning is made supple by its use of the imagination

Maksymilian Del Mar

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Idea/Politics & Government

It wasn’t just hate. Fascism offered robust social welfare

Sheri Berman

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Essay/Politics & Government

When nations apologise

National apologies are a big deal: they acknowledge the past to help move everyone forward. No wonder they’re so hard

Edwin Battistella

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Essay/Human Rights

What do slaveholders think?

It is everywhere illegal yet slavery persists in many corners of the global economy. How do its beneficiaries justify it?

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Idea/Politics & Government

There’s a Green Card-holder at the heart of Greek philosophy

David V Johnson

Video/Work

‘Brand consultant’? ‘PR researcher’? Why the ‘bullshit jobs’ era needs to end

4 minutes

Idea/Politics & Government

Why bureaucrats matter in the fight to preserve the rule of law

Melissa Lane

Idea/Anthropology

How arrogance can make even an obnoxious person popular

Joel Robbins

Essay/Subcultures

Going underground

Subterranean metaphors have been a powerful tool of political resistance. Today, is there anywhere left to hide?

Terence Renaud

Video/Nature & Environment

Can combining commerce and conservation keep American bison in the wild?

15 minutes

Idea/History

Palmyra’s ruins can rebuild our relationship with history

Erich Hatala Matthes

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Essay/History

The new authoritarians

Last century’s dictators wanted to reinvent their subjects as ‘new men’. This century’s strongmen just don’t care. Why?

Holly Case

Idea/Education

Why the most successful students have no passion for school

Jihyun Lee

Essay/History

What is global history now?

Historians cheered globalism with work about cosmopolitans and border-crossing, but the power of place never went away

Jeremy Adelman

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Essay/Economics

In praise of cash

Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike

Brett Scott

Video/Anthropology

How footprints trapped in time unlocked a mystery of early hominids

8 minutes

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Idea/Music

The night when straight white males tried to kill disco

Hadley Meares