How to Overcome Polarization on Climate Action

Liberals and conservatives don’t agree on much, including when it comes to combating climate change. But there is one surprising behavior where partisans from both ends of the spectrum seem to have more common ground than previously thought: planting trees. Our new research  suggests that finding climate actions with bipartisan support is already possible–even in … Read moreHow to Overcome Polarization on Climate Action

A Book’s Vital Warning About How Forests Shape Human History

The thirty-four-year history of A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization, has been an epic tale of repeated consignments to oblivion, followed by dramatic rescues. First published in 1989 by W.W. Norton, author John Perlin looked at the rise and fall of civilizations through the lens of the forests that … Read moreA Book’s Vital Warning About How Forests Shape Human History

A Poet on Taylor Swift’s Complicated Embrace of Tortured Poets

Who was the first tortured poet? Maybe the ancient Egyptian who wrote, sometime in the 15th century BCE, “My beloved stirs my heart with his voice. He causes illness to seize me…. My heart is smitten.” Maybe the poet Catullus, whose heartbreaks lit up ancient Rome: “I hate and love,” he explained in Latin, “and … Read moreA Poet on Taylor Swift’s Complicated Embrace of Tortured Poets

What Blocking Emergency Abortion Care in Idaho Means for Doctors Like Me

On April 24, the Supreme Court will hear arguments weighing whether Idaho politicians have the power to block doctors from giving emergency medical care to patients experiencing pregnancy complications—a case that will open the door for other states to prohibit emergency reproductive care and worsen medical infrastructure for people across the board. Once again, politicians … Read moreWhat Blocking Emergency Abortion Care in Idaho Means for Doctors Like Me

The Modi-fication of India Is Almost Complete

Earlier this month, two Indian writers published an ode to their Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Written in lyric form and titled “Forever In Our Hearts,” it recounts his achievements while singing his praises in highly effusive language. “With courage and wisdom/you show citizens the way,” it gushes. “Oh Modi, oh Modi/their hopes never sway/A people’s … Read moreThe Modi-fication of India Is Almost Complete

Positive Economic Data Is Still Hiding Bleak Reality for Families

Jennifer Trippett’s child care center in Bridgeport, West Virginia has 20% of its classrooms sitting empty. This isn’t for a lack of demand, Trippett told the 19th News. Parents are desperate for child care, but Trippett can’t find enough qualified providers for what she can afford to pay. The result is over 400 children are … Read morePositive Economic Data Is Still Hiding Bleak Reality for Families