Tammy Ochoa

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Is Football Just Too Dangerous?

I put the pads on when I was 9 years old and would have played football in high school if I'd been eligible. I appreciate the game. The excitement of it. The intensity of the battles. The drama of a tight 4th quarter. And the way it tests young men's strength, will, and determination in their …

The everyday ethical challenges of self-driving cars

A lot of discussion and ethical thought about self-driving cars have focused on tragic dilemmas, like hypotheticals in which a car has to decide …

Learning to respect wild animals again

That bear or kangaroo might look cute, but it’s a wild animal, not a pet. Wildlife veterinarian Dr Jan Schmidt-Burbach spoke to DW about the need for …

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

How Should We Respond to Sexual Harassment?

As accusations of sexual misconduct against famous men accumulate, the sheer quantity of dispiriting news is starting to create a confusing blur. The task of responding to sexual harassment and assault feels simultaneously more urgent and more daunting than ever.<p>Society is out of practice at this …

Vickroy: The sisters, the bully and the belated apology that set them all free

On a Wednesday afternoon in April, some 60 years after they graduated from grammar school, the Rys sisters sat down and had a meal with a classmate for the first time.<p>Over soup and coffee at a Tinley Park Panera, Kathleen Rys, 72, and her sister Lorraine O’Kelly, 70, made amends with one of their …

Should we put juveniles away for life? Meet Cyntoia Brown, the teen who sparked a debate

Inside the Juvenile Justice Center in Nashville, Tennessee is a steel door fitted with a high-security system. Push a button and the door unlocks, …

You cannot understand sin without understanding time

If we are God’s creation, then history is God’s workshop because it is only over time that we become or fail to become the creatures whom God …

US Scientists just edited a human embryo for the first time. (Yes, people are freaking out.)

US Scientists Just Edited a Human Embryo for the First Time. (Yes, People Are Freaking Out.)Ben Birchall/Associated Press<p>Looking for news you can …

Is war a necessary evil?

In this book’s chapters on the history of war, its causes and effects, and the effort to control war through ethics and law, it becomes clear why the …

An Experiment Gives Cash Aid To The Poor. Is That Ethical?

<b>About #NoStringsCash</b><p>In this series, NPR explores an emerging idea in the fight against global poverty. Instead of offering poor people traditional aid — seeds or goats or job training — what if you just give cash? Join the conversation with the hashtag #NoStringsCash or tweet us …

Study: Parents who give their teenagers alcohol are inviting trouble

It seems to make some sense: Let your teenagers drink at home where they will have adult supervision and won’t be driving.<p>But a new study finds that parents who provide their kids with alcohol aren’t doing them any favors.<p>Teens whose early exposure to alcohol comes from home aren’t protected …

Arming Teachers Is a Dangerous Proposal

Schools are meant to be places of sanctuary, safety, and learning for children. But, as the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in …

Guns

Alfie Evans dies at Alder Hey hospital after life support withdrawn

Parents of boy with rare degenerative brain disease say they are heartbroken after his death in hospital<p>A 23-month-old boy with a rare degenerative brain disease who was at the centre of a protracted legal battle has died, his parents have said.<p>Alfie Evans died at Alder Hey children’s hospital in …

Alfie Evans

This is what happens when gender roles are forced on kids

<b>(CNN) —</b> Most sex education classes begin in high school. But a new study suggests that, no matter where children live, real talk about relationships, identity and sexuality should start even earlier to minimize the negative impacts of gender roles.<p>You've probably heard it before: More than biology, …

Public Health

Is Removing Confederate Monuments Like Erasing History?

Almost two years after New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu called for the removal of four Confederate statues from public spaces around the city, the process finally got underway shortly after 1 a.m. Monday morning.<p>The Liberty Monument, which paid tribute to vigilantes who sought to overthrow the …

First Baby Born To U.S. Uterus Transplant Patient Raises Ethics Questions

Beautiful. Pure. Natural. Medicine at its pinnacle.<p>Those were the words of Dr. Giuliano Testa this week — the principal investigator of a clinical trial with ten women underway at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.<p>He was talking about the birth of a baby boy to a mother who underwent a …

'Uncomfortable' Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Aims To Face Past, Move Forward

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opens Saturday in Jackson as a testament to the state's complicated, often dark, racial and political history. This week, it became the setting of its own political dust-up, but organizers hope to stay focused on the museum's message.<p>Democratic Reps. John Lewis …

Is hunting moral? A philosopher unpacks the question

Every year as daylight dwindles and trees go bare, debates arise over the morality of hunting. Hunters see the act of stalking and killing deer, …

Hunting

Social media harms moral development, parents say

<b>A majority of parents in the UK believe social media harms their children's moral development, a survey has suggested.</b><p>Just over half (55%) of 1,700 people with children aged 11 to 17 strongly agreed that social media hinders or undermines moral development.<p>The poll was part of a project by the …