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The way we tell the story of Hollywood sexual assault and harassment matters

Reporter Paula Froelich claims she once observed Harvey Weinstein assault a woman at a book party. Her editor responded with, “Maybe it’s not really …

Feminism

How the tax package could blur the separation of church and politics

The tax package pending in Congress includes a provision that would leave churches and other nonprofits, which by law must be nonpartisan, suddenly …

Government

Who will bury Charles Manson?

Charles Manson, the wild-eyed cult leader who claimed inspiration for an apocalyptic race war from the Beatles’ “White Album,” died in Kern County, …

Crime

Retail rage: Why Black Friday leads shoppers to behave badly

The manic nature of Black Friday has at times led shoppers to engage in fistfights and other misbehavior in their desperation to snatch up the last …

eCommerce

If Trump wants nuclear war, virtually no one can stop him

The general in charge of America’s nuclear arsenal, John Hyten, recently said he would resist carrying out an illegal order from the president to use …

North Korea

Anniversary of Konrad Reuland tragedy reminds us of the toll of brain aneurysms

The late NFL tight end Konrad Reuland and baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew became forever linked when Carew, who needed a new heart, received …

Medicine

Can withering public trust in government be traced back to the JFK assassination?

The recent release of the JFK files led to a surge of media coverage about the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath.<p>But it’s not like public …

JFK Assassination

Companies need confidentiality clauses – but not to muzzle sexual abuse victims

Harassment and abuse accusations against Harvey Weinstein and other prominent men, like Bill O'Reilly, have revealed a trail of settlement agreements …

Rose McGowan

To succeed, large ocean sanctuaries need to benefit both sea life and people

There is growing concern that the world’s oceans are in crisis because of climate change, overfishing, pollution and other stresses. One response is …

Oceans

Rebuilding the Caribbean will be pricey, but some are actually vying to finance its recovery

November 20 marked the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, but for the Caribbean, it’s only the beginning of a painful recovery process.<p>In early …

Robert DeNiro

Rebuilding the Caribbean will be pricey, but some are vying to finance its recovery

November 20 marked the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, but for the Caribbean, it’s only the beginning of a painful recovery process.<p>In early …

Robert DeNiro

Jet fuel from sugarcane? It's not a flight of fancy

The aviation industry produces 2 percent of global human-induced carbon dioxide emissions. This share may seem relatively small – for perspective, …

Energy

Want to change federal policies? Here's how

What can those armed with facts – like scientists, professionals and knowledgeable citizens – do to shape policy?<p>In April, scientists and their …

Scientific Research

Trophy hunting: 5 essential reads

<i>The following is a roundup of previously published articles.</i><p>In November 2017 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it was reversing an …

Wildlife

How advertising shaped Thanksgiving as we know it

I have always been intrigued by Thanksgiving – the traditions, the meal, the idea of a holiday that is simply about being thankful.<p>For my family, …

Thanksgiving

Storms hit poorer people harder, from Superstorm Sandy to Hurricane Maria

The ferocious “frankenstorm” known as Sandy that ripped through greater New York City five years ago remains one for the record books. Like this …

Weather

Diapers, potties and split pants: Understanding toilet training around the world may help parents relax

Are two-year-olds too young to start toilet training?<p>For many children, yes. Especially boys. At least, that’s what American pediatricians would …

Parenting

The dangers and potential of 'natural' opioid kratom

Given the opioid addiction crisis, it would seem preposterous that an opioid is legal for use in the United States and can be purchased at tea …

South-east Asia

A backlash against 'mixed' foods led to the demise of a classic American dish

At the end of “Over the River and Through the Wood” – Lydia Maria Child’s classic Thanksgiving poem – the narrator finally gets to his grandfather’s …

Thanksgiving

Puerto Rico two months after Maria: 5 essential reads

<i>Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of stories from The Conversation’s archive.</i><p>On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria tore across Puerto Rico. The …

Caribbean

Will Puerto Ricans return home after Hurricane María?

Even before this year’s devastating hurricane season, the team of demographers I work with at Penn State and the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics …

Caribbean

Feeling guilty about drinking? Well, ask the saints

Each year the holidays bring with them an increase in both the consumption of alcohol and concern about drinking’s harmful effects.<p>Alcohol abuse is …

Constituent Assembly

Nature lovers may #OptOutside on Black Friday, but they consume resources year-round

While shoppers scramble for Black Friday bargains this year, outdoor retailer REI is closing its 154 U.S. stores. This is the third consecutive year …

Outdoors

'Hot potato' shows why workers won't benefit from Trump's corporate tax cut

Many children have played hot potato, a game in which they pass a spud to other children quickly so they don’t get stuck with it when the music stops.<p>…

Equality

In-store shopping still matters this holiday season

It surprises most millennials to learn that only about 10 percent of all retail purchases are actually made online. Each semester, when I ask …

eCommerce

Millions, billions, trillions: How to make sense of numbers in the news

National discussions of crucial importance to ordinary citizens – such as funding for scientific and medical research, bailouts of financial …

Panama Papers

How to get the biggest bang out of matching funds

How many times have you tuned into your local NPR station and instead of the regularly scheduled program you’ve heard “If we get 20 donations by the …

Determine

Can online gaming ditch its sexist ways?

A huge online community has developed around the increasingly diverse world of video games. Online streaming systems like Twitch let people watch …

Feminism

'He's Pavlov and we're the dogs': How associative learning really works in human psychology

My ears perked up when, in recent weeks, I heard Donald Trump and Ivan Pavlov mentioned twice in connection with each other. After all, I’m an …

Psychology

Latin American history suggests Zimbabwe's military coup will turn violent

On Nov. 14, a group of soldiers from the Zimbabwe Defense Forces arrested and detained Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. The move came just days …

Latin America