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Video/Nature & Environment

A Herculean fish and the fight against a $6 billion mega-dam project in Alaska

25 minutes

Video/Fairness & Equality

How the one-child policy created a Chinese underclass of 13 million people with no rights

15 minutes

Essay/Family Life

How to be a patriarch

His duties are many, his challenges weighty, but his glory can be great. A guide to family management, by a Roman nobleman

Jerry Toner & Marcus Sidonius Falx

Video/Nature & Environment

Clash of cousins: monkeys and humans wage a droll turf war at the Rock of Gibraltar

17 minutes

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Idea/Poverty & Development

Want to reduce drug use? Listen to women drug users

Kasia Malinowska & Bethany Medley

Essay/Education

Child’s play

The authoritative statement of scientific method derives from a surprising place — early 20th-century child psychology

Henry Cowles

Essay/History

Drugs du jour

LSD in the ’60s; ecstasy in the ’80s; ‘smart’ drugs today: how we get high reflects the desires and fears of our times

Cody Delistraty

Idea/Politics & Government

Sovereignty can be bought and sold like a commodity

Steven Press

Video/History

A day in the life of Auschwitz today is a mix of history, tourism and prayer

7 minutes

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Idea/Demography & Migration

How refugees have the power to change the society they join

Alejandra Dubcovsky

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Idea/War & Conflict

The Syrian seed bank that keeps going despite the war

Courtney Fullilove

Video/War & Conflict

How 60 ambiguous words gave the United States’ president unprecedented war power

7 minutes

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Idea/Race

Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration

James Q Whitman

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Idea/Anthropology

How our contradictions make us human and inspire creativity

David Berliner

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Essay/History

Revolutionary heroes

If the sultan of Mysore had had a bit more luck, George Washington might be known as the Haider Ali of North America

Blake Smith

Idea/Education

Why schools should not teach general critical-thinking skills

Carl Hendrick

Video/Demography & Migration

How we became more than 7 billion – humanity’s population explosion, visualised

6 minutes

Idea/Religion

Black atheists matter: how women freethinkers take on religion

Christopher Cameron

Essay/The Home

Nobody is home

From the footloose networker to the exiled migrant, home has been displaced by an idea that’s both elusive and contested

Charles Leadbeater

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Essay/Poverty & 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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Essay/Work

Fuck work

Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?

James Livingston

Idea/History

From the king’s touch to the princess’ hug: on magical royalty

Anna Whitelock

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Video/Religion

Why some Chinese millennials are taking up the hermit’s life in the mountains

11 minutes

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Essay/Work

Trust me with your money

It takes diplomacy, anthropology and psychology to serve the world’s super-rich. But only trust opens their purse strings

Brooke Harrington

Essay/Demography & Migration

The great settling down

The idea that American life is increasingly transient and uprooted is a myth: people are moving less, but worrying more

Claude S Fischer

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Idea/Economics

Many mistrust banks, but why you mistrust banks says a lot

Erika Vause

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Idea/Education

Coeducation at university was – and is – no triumph of feminism

Nancy Weiss Malkiel

Video/Politics & Government

What would 2,000 miles of a US-Mexico border fence actually look like?

7 minutes

Idea/Nature & Environment

It’s not easy to make landscape a place: you have to feel it

Fiona Stafford

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Essay/History

Atlantic freedoms

Haiti, not the US or France, was where the assertion of human rights reached its defining climax in the Age of Revolution

Laurent Dubois