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AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy?

The Associated Press<p>Published Wednesday March 25, 2015 at 10:53 am<p>The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their …

A Revisionist History of America’s Oldest Women’s Prison—Written by Current Prisoners

In 1873, two Quaker reformers living in Indiana, shocked by allegations of sexual abuse of female prisoners at the state’s unisex institution, pushed …

A 21st-Century Rip Van Winkle: What Changed In My Decade Behind Bars

California has about one year of water stored. Will you ration now?

Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the eastern U.S. this winter, it might be easy to overlook how devastating California's winter was as well.<p>As our "wet" season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic …

If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

We're pumping irreplaceable groundwater to counter the drought. When it's gone, the real crisis begins.<p>Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies …

Madagascar's frogs at risk as killer fungus found on island for first time

A fungus that devastates amphibian populations – often to extinction – is now widespread on the island and could threaten its 500 frog species, say scientists<p>Scientists say a fungus that has devastated global frog populations has reached Madagascar, putting the island’s 500 endemic frog species in …

Back from the brink of extinction: hunting for the world's rarest frog

If you’re planning on scouring a vast Australian mountain range looking for what is probably the rarest frog in the world, scientists suggest a rudimentary approach works best.<p>“We shout out ‘hey frog, hey frog’ and listen for a call back,” says David Hunter, a threatened species officer at the New …

Dissecting A Frog: A Middle School Rite Of Passage

<i>For this series, we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using — if only for a short time — in our early schooling.</i> …

Have you heard the one about Illinois frogs and boiling water?

There is an experiment in science that goes something like this: If you toss a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out in order to save …

How Can We Help Jews Stay in Europe?

“Is it time for the Jews to leave Europe?” That’s the question Jeffrey Goldberg raises in a richly reported article in the <i>Atlantic</i>. He concludes that …

Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?

For half a century, memories of the Holocaust limited anti-Semitism on the Continent. That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks in Paris and Copenhagen are merely the latest examples of rising violence against Jews. Renewed vitriol among right-wing fascists and new threats from radicalized …

In War Against ISIS, Numbers Don’t Always Tell the Story

Wars often degrade into numbers games of competing troop strengths, arsenals, territory held, bombing runs, and body counts. But judging an asymmetric conflict is complicated, and the battle against Islamic State involves militaries that are, in most respects, vastly different.<p>In Iraq, the battle …

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What Happened When Whole Foods Tried to Challenge Elitism, Racism, and Obesity in Detroit

A couple of years ago, as winter gave way to spring, Toyoda Ruff began to think about changing how she ate. Ruff had always been heavy, but her son, …

The Value of Four-Dollar Toast

If there’s one thing the general public knows about the modern Bay Area, it’s that it has rapidly – perhaps even alarmingly – gentrified over the …

'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.<p>Transcript<p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross. The deaths of …

Making Black Lives – And Black Homicides – Matter

Support the news<p>The author of “Ghettoside” takes us deep into murder and law enforcement in minority neighborhoods. We want your story.<p>The big …

Transcript Of John Legend & Common's Oscar Acceptance Speech Proves "Glory" Has A Timeless Message — VIDEO

Though every year boasts impressive nominees, it's not very often that the Best Original Song category at the Oscars is one of the most important of …

All About the Hamiltons

A new musical brings the Founding Fathers back to life—with a lot of hip-hop.<p>In April, 2009, Lin-Manuel Miranda, a writer, composer, and performer, received a call from the White House. The new President and the First Lady were planning to host an evening of live performances centered on “the …

Ebola Could Cause Thousands More Deaths — By Ushering In Measles

Awareness of Ebola is picking up again in the United States: An American volunteer who was working in Sierra Leone has contracted Ebola and been …

For the First Time in a Millennium, a Top Predator Returns

Lions once hunted mammoths in Canada. Dire wolves stalked mastodon in Germany. And as recently as 1,300 years ago, a coyote-sized cat called the …

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Spanish Fly Is Real, and It's Ridiculously Dangerous

In 1869, a French military doctor got what we can confidently say was one of the stranger cases of his career. A group of soldiers were complaining …

The Talk

How black parents prepare their young sons for life in America<p><b>By Bijan Stephen</b><i><br>Illustration by Skip Sterling</i><p><b>I remember the talk.</b> (The Talk? It …

A Muscular Empathy

<i>It's easy to say you would have acted better than a slave master if you had lived in the antebellum South; or escaped poverty if you grew up in an inner city in more modern times. But it's much more interesting to assume that you wouldn't have, and then ask "Why?"</i><p>We had a lot of fun with this on …

A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses

José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked …