Michael Erickson

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Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.<p>"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict …

Donald Trump

America's Cult of Ignorance

More people are better educated than ever before, and knowledge is easier to come by. So why do we so often scorn those who plainly know more than we …

Chickpeas

A conversion.

Understanding the Angry Mob at Middlebury That Gave Me a Concussion

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — There’s nothing like a little violence to focus the mind. I am the Middlebury College professor who ended up with whiplash and a concussion for having the audacity to engage with the ideas of Charles Murray, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.<p>Though he is someone with …

No one beyond forgiveness

An interesting story.

My Friend, Stalin’s Daughter

The complicated life of Svetlana Alliluyeva.<p>On April 21, 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Joseph Stalin, bounded down the stairs of a Swissair plane at Kennedy Airport. She was forty-one years old and wore an elegant white double-breasted blazer. “Hello there, everybody!” she exclaimed to …

From Bad to Worse for Puerto Rico

The island's deep and long-lasting recession has made its debt position unsustainable. But the latest fiscal plan imposed by the US commonwealth's …

Grace Enough

Brendan Busse

Last night’s debate, or the mansplaining Olympics

<i>I have taken the liberty of abridging the debate in case you were one of the six or so Americans who did not watch.</i><p>LESTER HOLT: Welcome to the debate! I have somewhere else to be for the next half hour, so do not look for me to say anything or fact-check anyone. I will not. First, who will be …

Beware the juvenilization of American Christianity

A marketing strategy designed to attract young people is being passed off as a form of evangelization<p>Would you allow your teens to sign up for a …

Loud Music

The Science Behind Buzzfeed's Viral Articles

Love it or hate it, Buzzfeed is one of the biggest websites in the world. According to Alexa, Buzzfeed is the 47th most popular website in the United …

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A Color Converter to Power “Li-Fi” | Optics & Photonics News

The promise of “Li-Fi,” or visible-light communications (VLC), in which ambient indoor LED lighting does double duty as a wireless data communication …

Invisibilia: How Learning To Be Vulnerable Can Make Life Safer

<i>Editors' note:</i> Invisibilia<i>'s back! Each Friday for the next seven weeks, we'll feature an excerpt from the latest episode of the NPR podcast</i> <i>and program broadcast on participating public radio stations. We're also creating original features for Shots that explore the</i> Invisibilia <i>theme of the week.</i> …

Who Are All These Trump Supporters?

At the candidate’s rallies, a new understanding of America emerges.<p>He Appears<p>Trump is wearing the red baseball cap, or not. From this distance, he is strangely handsome, well proportioned, puts you in mind of a sea captain: Alan Hale from “Gilligan’s Island,” say, had Hale been slimmer, richer, …

Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer – Robert Epstein

No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies …

4th Grader Comes Home With Disturbing News—Then Mom Realizes Her “Worst Nightmare” Is Coming True

<i>By Leslie Blanchard</i><p>I will never forget the day my daughter told me that Bethany, a girl in her 4th grade class, was annoying her.<p>“What is she doing …

25 Recipes for Super-Satisfying Sandwiches

More<p>Sandwiches<p>Tips and tricks for making the best sandwiches at home.<p>Portable, infinitely variable, and just so darn satisfying, the sandwich is, in my opinion, about as close as you'll get to a perfect food. All you need is bread (or some sort of bread equivalent) and a little creativity when it …

Cooking

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

Democracies end<p>when they are too democratic.<p>And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny.<p>Illustration by Zohar Lazar<p>As this dystopian …

Watch: College Kids Can’t Explain Why a Short White Man Isn’t a Tall Asian Woman

From the Family Policy Institute of Washington comes this amusing video, where a conversation about gender-neutral bathrooms turns into something a …

Is porn immoral? That doesn't matter: It's a public health crisis.

Last month, the Republican-led Utah House of Representatives became the first legislative body in the United States to pass a resolution declaring pornography “a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms.” The liberal backlash …

Monks And At-Risk Teens Run School Together With 98% Graduation Rate

The school's motto: ‘Whatever hurts my brother, hurts me.’<p>At a time when many U.S. schools are failing students of color, one school stands out as an unusual success.<p>St. Benedict’s Prep, an all-boys preparatory school in Newark, has a graduation rate of 98 percent, compared to a national rate of 82 …

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

How America Reacted to 'The Coddling of the American Mind'

Writer Greg Lukianoff sits down with <i>Atlantic</i> editor in chief James Bennet to discuss the response to his cover story, "The Coddling of the American Mind," a critical look at the effects of trigger warnings and microaggressions on college campuses. He had initially expected "to have to deal with a …