Alexandra Mink

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Today’s immigrants assimilate faster than the Europeans who came before them

And despite how it seems, we‘re actually more welcoming to them<p><i>By Claude S. Fischer</i><p>Here we are, once again, with vigorous efforts to block or to …

Before the internet, irresponsible journalism was blamed for a war and a presidential assassination

The press went yellow, and the public ate it up<p>1889<p>A group of prominent journalists gathered to discuss the scourge of “yellow journalism,” a …

8 Prettiest National Parks to Visit in America This Spring

If you're feeling stir crazy, we totally get it. Winter can be long in the majority of states, and often void of anything even remotely cool to do. …

‘I Think I Made a Mistake’: Katie Couric On Her Transgender Evolution

Katie Couric says she was an ‘insensitive buffoon’ for asking about a trans model’s ‘private parts.’ Now she’s made a documentary about trans and …

A beginner’s guide to intersectional feminism

As everyday discussions about prejudice and oppression get more nuanced, it can be hard to know how to dive into the conversation. This helpful guide …

The Stunning Early Infographics and Maps of the 1800s

Educational diagrams of scientific discoveries, from the moon’s surface to the longest rivers.<p>Have you ever wondered what the tallest active volcano …

Trump’s travel ban is about to go into effect. Here’s why it’s immoral.

A political theorist on the ethics of Trump’s "Muslim ban"<p>Six months ago, President Donald Trump signed an executive order shutting out refugees and halting visas from six Muslim-majority countries. But that ban was never implemented, thanks to rulings in two separate federal courts.<p>That changed on …

In the time you spend on social media each year, you could read 200 books

Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about his secret to success. Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said,<p>Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will…<p>When I first found this quote …

Self-improvement

The Roots of a Counterproductive Immigration Policy

The liberal scorn for nationhood and refusal to adapt immigration policy to changing circumstances enables the rise of extremism in the West.<p>The Orlando nightclub shooter, the worst mass-casualty gunman in US history, was the son of immigrants from Afghanistan. The San Bernardino shooters were …

Political Science

I Went Through America’s Extreme Vetting

I’m a Syrian refugee. Trust me, it’s plenty tough.<p>I’m a Syrian refugee living in the United States. My family, which fled to Turkey in 2011 as protests against the government grew, is Muslim. And on Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order that would have made it difficult, if not impossible …

Immigration

Simple & Effective Speaking Rubric For Class Presentations

Talented student teacher Kevin Inlay created this simple and effective speaking rubric that we used with class presentations in our ELL World History …

America’s white working class is nothing like the stereotypes we’ve been told. Trust me, I’m part of it

The 2016 election saw the creation of many different narratives, including the idea that the white working class is some sort of mythical, salt-of-the-earth, oppressed group that hails mostly from the countryside and believes America has left it behind. Factually inaccurate and personally …

Income Inequality

Trump is the U.S.’s first Latin American president

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p>In his first week in power, <b>President Trump has ruled by fiat and tweet, following through on many campaign</b> …

Burst your bubble: five conservative articles to read during Trump's first week

Rightwing commentators on the foreign policy implications of the president’s inaugural address, his likely line on the culture wars and even his mental health<p>The Guardian published an interview with Brian Eno the other day, in which he offered some political reflections. On Brexit and Trump, the …

44 of the best long hiking trails in the continental US all on one map

So many trails, so little time. That’s sure how it feels sometimes when you’re trying to pick a new adventure to go on. It can be difficult deciding …

12 of the Best Bars in Amsterdam

Travel<p>Quench your thirst in the city that invented Heineken.<p>Hop on a bike in Amsterdam and pedal in any direction, and you’ll probably wind up at a bar. There are over a thousand of them, tucked into cozy streets, floating on canals, and overflowing into alleyways, each one serving your favorite …

It's All About Texture: These 10 Materials Will Set Your Kitchen Apart

What direction will the design of the kitchen take in 2017? That's a question we've been asking ourselves for the past few weeks, and today we're …

The Science Of Gender: No, Men Aren't From Mars And Women From Venus

Testosterone Rex is extinct.<p>That's the central conclusion of a fascinating new book by University of Melbourne psychologist Cordelia Fine. Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society hit the bookstores Tuesday.<p>"Testosterone Rex" is a nickname for the view that women and men are essentially …

Each Dot On This Map Is A Place Where A Person Of Color Was Lynched

In total, in the century after the Civil War, as many as 5,000 people of color were lynched by mobs in the United States. In the 1890s, on average, …

Black History

Bay Area hikes that are even better after the rain

Many of the region's best waterfall hikes haven't been much to look at the past few drought-ridden years. But that's changed in a big way recently.<p>Waterfall lovers are in heaven right now, thanks to a bit of March rain. All over the Bay Area and beyond, Northern California's prettiest cataracts are …

Northern California

The most influential female economist says sexism in her discipline is very real

If you really want to piss off the economist Carmen Reinhart, refer to her coauthored research with fellow Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff as the work of “Rogoff and Reinhart.” (Whoops.)<p>“In economics, the alphabet rules. If the authors are not listed alphabetically, then you are the junior …

The Significance of Millions in the Streets

Saturday’s unprecedented show of opposition punctured a core myth of the Trump presidency. Will it change his behavior? And can it be sustained?<p>George W. Bush campaigned as a uniter, not a divider, then presided for eight polarizing years, provoking protests like the one against the Iraq War on …

The eight ultimate North American road trips handpicked by car experts revealed

If you’re planning on hitting the road in North America, an illustrated guide has been created to show eight ultimate road trips that you can take.<p>The trip routes have been personally researched, hand-picked and collated by WeBuyAnyCar.com, the UK’s largest car buying service.<p>The idea behind the …

Researchers Say They've Figured Out What Makes People Reject Science, And It's Not Ignorance

Why some people believe Earth is flat.<p>A lot happened in 2016, but one of the biggest cultural shifts was the rise of fake news - where claims with no …

38 Stunning Photos From Women's Marches Around The World

Solidarity on seven continents.<p>This weekend will go down in history books as one of solidarity, sisterhood and mass resistance.<p>Around the world, on seven different continents, people marched in solidarity with American women to protest President Donald Trump’s sexism, racism and xenophobia ― and …

Donald Trump

6 different agencies have come together to investigate Trump's possible Russia ties

New reports indicate it’s been going on since last spring.<p>Donald Trump has dismissed allegations that he’s in some way connected to Russian attempts to influence the presidential election as nothing but a “political witch hunt.”<p>But a number of reports in the past couple of weeks have revealed that …

Here's where to download those amazing Leia signs at Women's March

Signs portraying<p>PrincessGeneral Leia Organa, portrayed by the legendary, recently departed Carrie Fisher, popped up at Women's Marches around the …

Can you be a "pro-life feminist"? The Women's March on Washington offered some insights.

WASHINGTON, DC — TheWomen’s March on Washington drew at least 500,000 people to Washington, DC, Saturday to affirm that “women’s rights are human rights,” and to protest the threat to those rights that they see in President Donald Trump’s new administration.<p>The march also took place the day before …

The White House’s LGBT rights page has disappeared

And so the transition of power begins. First up is the WhiteHouse.gov site where several pages are now changing or altogether disappearing — including a page on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.<p>It’s just been over an hour since Trump took office and whitehouse.gov/lgbt has now been …

The best thing you can do for democracy in Trump’s America is read

The 2016 US presidential election has left many Americans worn out. It was the most bizarre election in modern American history, and it laid bare the polarization that currently affects national politics, both in the US and in other countries around the world. To this we have to add the …

Political Science