Stephanie Brown

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​How to Aid with Food: Start Asking Better Questions to the Right People

<b>Food Aid Frets from Afar:</b><p>The international food aid system is something that I became highly critical of in grad school. Yes, it saves lives and in …

Agriculture

Scrumdiddlyumptious to Oompa Loompa: Six of Roald Dahl’s splendiferous words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Roald Dahl is remembered for his solitary, kind-hearted child heroes—Charlie, who visited a chocolate factory, and Sophie, who befriended a floppy-eared giant, among them—and their triumphs over bullying adults. But the beloved British children’s book author was also known for the distinctive …

Books

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Travel

Movie Review: Lamb puts an odd, moody spin on a child abduction scenario

Oona Laurence has been acting in movies, on TV, and on the stage since she was in single digits, even winning a Tony at age 10 for playing the title …

Twins Born 3 Minutes Apart, But in Different Years

Twins born in a San Diego hospital will forever share different birthdays: one baby was born in the final minute of New Year’s Eve, while the other …

Pregnancy

This supposedly uplifting Christmas show is actually a cruel experiment on poor children

In America, poor people are expected to prove their worth. Their right to not be poor is always contingent on their behaving like good, upright citizens, even when the middle class and rich get benefits with no strings attached. That's why the 1996 welfare reform law allowed states to drug-test …

This Woman Is Using Graffiti to Change the Way Her Country Thinks About Girls

Laila Ajjawi is determined to make positive change within her impoverished community.<p>On a concrete wall in the alleyway of a Palestinian refugee camp in Irbid, Jordan, Laila Ajjawi works quickly, switching between the three spray-paint bottles that sit at her feet. Within 20 minutes, she has …

Pixar co-founder warns virtual-reality moviemakers: 'It's not storytelling'

Ed Catmull says he’s open to being proved wrong by new generation of VR creators: ‘I think they should keep running the experiments’<p>Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull has warned that virtual reality technology may not be the revolution in storytelling that some of its evangelists have …

Virtual Reality

“Goodnight, slavery”: Larry Wilmore lets Texas have it in brilliant rewrite of children’s classic

“This is the worst thing that happened in Texas since JFK was shot in 1985! I learned that in a Texas school book”<p>Texas doesn't like to talk about bad things white people may have done over the course of history.<p>In fact, the Texas Board of Education is strategically editing American history …

U.S. Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino

A U.S. Marine was convicted, imprisoned and fined on Tuesday in a Philippines court for killing a Filipino transgender woman last year after he learned of her sexual status in a local hotel room.<p>Pfc. Joseph Pemberton, who was on a break in October 2014 after participating in joint military …

Crime

The Dark Side of Creativity

Few psychological traits are as desirable as creativity — the ability to come up with ideas that are both novel and useful. Yet it is also true that creativity has been associated with a wide range of counterproductive, rarely discussed qualities. Being aware of these tendencies is important for …

The future’s at stake: the left must show it could create an iPad

Innovation is seen as a product of individuals and free markets. But in fact it takes public money, cooperation, and key socialst principles. It’s an argument we have to win<p>John McDonnell last week promised “socialism, with an iPad”. His aim – you can practically sniff the air of the meeting in …

Innovation

Reuters Issues a Worldwide Ban on RAW Photos

Reuters has implemented a new worldwide policy for freelance photographers that bans photos that were processed from RAW files. Photographers must …

Paris Terror Attacks: France Now Faces Fight Against Fear and Exclusion

Aurelien Mondon, <i>University of Bath</i><p>Dark days. Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes<p>The attacks that took place at a series of venues in Paris on November 13 are already the deadliest on French soil since 1945. At least 127 people have been killed in six different places. Reports say that another 100 are in …

Magic in motion: the Victorian toys spinning back to life as GIFs

The moving image is everywhere now, no longer just on cinema screens or TVs but advertising hoardings, laptops, phones. When did it all begin? When did people first try to make pictures move?<p>It was probably in the ice age, if paleontologists are right in thinking that some ivory carvings were …

Ice Age

15 Gorgeous Unseen Pictures From India By The Photojournalist Behind “Afghan Girl”

The man behind the famous "Afghan Girl" photo has released a new set of pictures of life in India, spanning three decades.<p>Thirty-seven pictures by American photographer Steve McCurry of everyday life in India are to go on display at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York in November, including many …

India

It's time for English teachers to stop teaching that the earth is flat

By Dennis Baron<p>When I asked a class of prospective teachers to discuss the impact on students of prescriptive rules like “Don’t split infinitives,” …

There's A Good Reason New York's Homeless Often Sleep In The Subway

"A homeless person doesn't want to be on that train either."<p>NEW YORK -- Ten years ago, William Burnett often spent his nights sleeping on the New York City subway. It was better than his other option: a shelter on Wards Island where he said two rival gangs, the Bloods and the Latin Kings, were …

How Art by Inmates Could Help Change the Prison System

An interview with artist and educator Mark Strandquist about how his collaborations with people behind bars.<p>Mark Strandquist is an artist, activist, and educator who has produced all sorts of projects that engage with and promote discussion about the criminal justice system. He contributed images …

The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

Glaad: Hollywood films are failing gay people

Hollywood films are falling behind trailblazing television shows such as Orange is the New Black, Transparent and Modern Family when it comes to fair and relevant representation of LGBT people, according to US gay rights group Glaad (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).<p>The organisation cited …

LGBTQI

Ahmed Mohamed is tired, excited to meet Obama – and wants his clock back

This week, the teenage inventor gained global attention after being arrested for bringing a clock he made to his high school in Irving, Texas<p>Above all else, Ahmed Mohamed wants some sleep.<p>Early Thursday afternoon, when he would be in school if he weren’t suspended, he curled his 14-year-old frame …

Middle School

Nostalgia Turns Some Star Wars Fans to the Dark Side

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 09.19.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>The imminent …

How It Feels To Be An Atheist In A Highly Religious Society

Death threats, ostracism, and imprisonment in a psychiatric facility: Being an atheist can be dangerous.<p>"The day I decided to declare my atheism and discuss it publicly was the end of an era of my life. Some of my friends from the pre-atheism-declaration era won't accept me any more. I now have …

Religion

That's Me in the Corner, Losing My Religion

Governor John Kasich (R - OH) worries that the Kentucky spectacle of Christian extremism will turn people away from religion. He is right to worry. I am disgusted by the un-American, hypocritical, mean-spirited rallies and shows of support for Kim Davis. The whole business besmirches organized …

DR Congo bans film on doctor who saves rape victims

The Democratic Republic of Congo has banned a film about Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, who has treated thousands of women raped during conflict, the government said.<p>Belgian film-maker Thierry Michel's movie, "The Man Who Mends Women," follows Mukwege's efforts to repair the physical and …

Africa

Meet the homeless man who turned his life around by offering book reviews instead of begging

Meet Philani Dladla, a.k.a. the Pavement Bookworm. He’s 24 and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his story is quite incredible.<p>As a child …

South Africa

What it was like to be gay in 1944 -- and other historic lessons in a USC archive

The paper is yellowed now, the penciled cursive fading, but the letters from the World War II Women's Army Corps servicewoman to her sweetheart are romantic as ever.<p><i>Good morning, darling. I'm so very used to going to sleep watching you smoke that cigarette (if I'm not in your arms) that I couldn't</i> …

LGBTQI

Banned, burned, or simply life changing: what are the best dangerous books?

Authors including Patrick Ness, Melvin Burgess, Tanya Landman, Louise O’Neill, Bali Rai, Candy Gourlay, James Dawson and Leigh Bardugo share the books they probably weren’t meant to read that either rocked their world or rocked the world<p>• Plus what’s coming in our joint Amnesty International and …

Books

Canada Without Poverty’s Leilani Farha thinks we can end homelessness

Sitting across from Leilani Farha at a corner table in Ottawa's Fauna Food + Bar, I am exhausted just hearing about her work. She's executive director of Canada Without Poverty – a think tank and advocacy group geared to the daunting task of alleviating poverty in this country. At the same time, …