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The U.S. National Park Service Grapples With Its Racist Origins

At its milestone centennial, the National Park Service wrestles with how to diversify its visitors and workforce.

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Chicago is the Third Wheel on the Obamas' First Date

The writer and director of Southside With You talks about the city behind the future First Couple.

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And Now, Habitat III, the Olympics of Urbanization

The UN summit, coming in October, happens only every 20 years and aims to chart the path of global cities in the 21st Century.

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Dragging Montreal's Taxi Industry Into the 21st Century

A company with an all-electric fleet of cabs and 40 percent of all medallions in the city is a beacon of light for Montreal’s taxi business.

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Yangon's Push to Regulate Street Vending

In the Myanmar city, government officials are intensifying efforts to control—and ultimately house—the informal businesses.

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Trump's Vigilante Twist on the Voter Fraud Myth

Donald Trump is playing on well-worn Republican suspicions that data just don’t bear out. His suggestions are racist and dangerous, say experts.

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Where School District Borders Are Invisible Fences

A new report ranks the 50 most segregating borderlines in the country.

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The Battle Over Voting Rights for Former Felons in Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe just made it possible for 13,000 former felons to vote. Will they actually be able to?

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Sex Toys and Gun Laws Collide on Campus in Austin

What started as a protest over campus-carry gun laws at the University of Texas at Austin has exploded into a college culture war.

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The Lost Voting Potential of Millions of 'Disappeared' African Americans

A new study shows how the high early death and incarceration rates of African Americans skew election outcomes.

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A Pipeline Standoff Escalates in North Dakota

Standing Rock Sioux tribal leaders are joined by ranchers, farmers, and community members in a peaceful protest against the oil pipeline.

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Have North Carolina Republicans Found a Way to Reinstate Discriminatory Voting Rules?

After a federal court struck down the state’s strict voting law as racially discriminatory, Republicans are trying to restrict voting at the county level.

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The Importance of 'Arrival Cities'

Germany has taken in over a million refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers since August 2015. The ad hoc neighborhoods that will emerge out of this period are critical for integration.

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Who Wants to Permanently Host the Olympic Games?

It might save money, but it would cost the world dearly in other ways.


Netflix's 'The Get Down' Shows What a Community Without Police Looks Like

The new six-part series is a testament to both the social limitations and successes of hip hop.  

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Documenting Scenes of Modern Revolution

Jessica Lehrman’s photographs capture the strength of protests, from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter.

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Racial Segregation, Not Economic Hardship, Explains Trump

A Gallup economist finds little evidence that low income, unemployment, or loss of manufacturing jobs are behind the candidate’s popularity.

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Will Immigrants Today Assimilate Like Those of 100 Years Ago?

Two sociologists recently looked into whether the barriers facing people of color in the U.S. make it harder for most new arrivals to build wealth.


The Complex Process of Demolishing Belfast's 'Peace Walls'

Their removal will certainly be a step in the right direction, but the reality on the ground is far from simple.