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Making
Chabuduo! Close enough …

Your balcony fell off? Chabuduo. Vaccines are overheated? Chabuduo. How China became the land of disastrous corner-cutting

James Palmer

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Biography and memoir
Stoop stories

My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home

D Watkins

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Addiction
Ageing out of drugs

Most addicts just stop using in time, without needing costly treatment. Why do some people walk away while others can’t?

Stacey McKenna

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Cities
Homes for the homeless

San Francisco’s homeless are harangued and despised while conservative Utah has a radically humane approach

Susie Cagle

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Poverty and development
Men at work

The age of austerity has transformed work, but what it means to be a man has not caught up

Allison J Pugh

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History
How the poor became blessed

Greco-Roman gods had no interest in the poor nor was organised charity a religious duty. How was Christianity different?

Pieter van der Horst

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Human rights and justice
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

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Human rights and justice
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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Ethics
Survivors

Filthy and violent it may be, but life is still precious for the world’s street children. Can you look them in the eye?

Ben Faccini

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Space exploration
Whitey on Mars

Elon Musk and the rise of Silicon Valley’s strange trickle-down science

Andrew Russell & Lee Vinsel

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Illness and disease
Southern brew

A second hurricane is battering New Orleans, this time it is an HIV catastrophe whipped up by prejudice and poverty

Jessica Wapner

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Economics
What happiness conceals

For years, economists have laboured on the riddle of happiness. If they studied misery, they might get somewhere

John Quiggin

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Poverty and development
The harvests of Chernobyl

Thirty years after the nuclear disaster, local berry-pickers earn a good living. What’s the hidden cost of their wares?

Kate Brown & Olha Martynyuk

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Poverty and development
What good is religion?

International development has focussed on material goods, but religion has an important role to play in human flourishing

Manini Sheker

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Economics
Growing pains

Measure a country purely against its GDP and you neglect the wellbeing of its people. Yet can that be measured?

Diane Coyle

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Ecology and environmental sciences
This world is enough

For the first time in history we could end poverty while protecting the global environment. But do we have the will?

John Quiggin

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Information and communication
The other half

To end inequality, we must realise that it isn’t about the rich, it’s about the poor. And we know almost nothing about them

Claire Melamed

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Poverty and development
What really helps the poor?

It’s difficult to test whether poverty relief actually works. Do randomised controlled trials provide a scientific measure?

Stephanie Wykstra

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Education
Engines of democracy

Society will be much improved by loosening the stranglehold of top universities on the education of elites. But how?

Jennifer M Morton

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Education
What do they want?

What would happen if the aid industry started collecting data on how the people it serves actually feel about their lives?

Claire Melamed

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Human rights and justice
When a child goes to war

Our myths are full of young heroes yet our media calls them tragic victims. What is the truth about child soldiers?

Malcolm Harris

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Public health
Polio whack-a-mole

The great allies of infectious diseases are no longer poverty, nor dirt, but the global anti-vaccination movement

Keren Landsman

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Anthropology
Slaves of history

If you descend from slaves in Senegal, your shame is an open secret and your life limited by stigma and disrespect

Jori Lewis

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Economics
The good consumer

To revive the global economy and make society more equal we should all consume more not less. How is this possible?

Florian Schui