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Piranhas Are Not That Into Us

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Piranhas have gotten a bad reputation, and the media was all over the little stunt they just pulled. But that was more a display of affection than “attack,” according to this article, which provides some much-needed perspective on the risk piranhas actually pose: “In reality, the freshwater fish typically avoids preying on people, and statistically […]

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Wangari Maathai

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“It was easy for me to be ridiculed and for both men and women to perceive that maybe I’m a bit crazy because I’m educated in the West and I have lost some of my basic decency as an African woman—as if being educated was something bad. That is something I had seen for a […]

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Craig Thompson Interview

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In conversation with Mother Jones, graphic novelist Craig Thompson discusses his new love story, Habibi, his early affinity for cartooning, and growing up in a fundamentalist Christian household. “They used to be very upset by it and say that my work was satanic, even. They used that term. And so, they were really troubled by […]

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Undocumented Prison Deaths

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“..currently, there isn’t a single federal law requiring state-run jails and prisons to report detainee deaths, or what caused them. Not one.” After the Death in Custody Act expired back in 2006, there has been no accountability for the reporting of in-prison deaths, making the mortality rates data completely voluntary for the past 5 years. […]

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The Largest Intercultural Exchange

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A summer spent abroad at an Indian call center sheds light upon the many people who work in business process outsourcing, a competitive field that promises only the equivalent of around $2/hr. Training for the job includes “‘culture training,’ in which trainees memorize colloquialisms and state capitals, study clips of Seinfeld and photos of Walmarts, […]

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Grading Teachers

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Mother Jones published an article about the latest battle on the education front—evaluating teachers, which is re-raising issues about what public school model works best. The implementation of the new evaluation methods involves both “internal measurements” (where teachers are measured by other experienced teachers and principals) and “external measures” (performance-based measures like test scores). Find […]

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Summer Picks From Michael Chabon, Susan Orlean, Jennifer Egan, and More

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A new article over at Mother Jones gives us summer nonfiction picks from some of the biggest writers working today. Susan Orlean recommends The Looming Tower, Jennifer Egan selects The Image, and Michael Chabon has this to say about The Encyclopedia of Fantasy: “A single, immense, thrilling work of literary theory disguised as a reference […]

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