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These Sleek Soup Kitchens Fight Hunger and Loneliness

Chef Massimo Bottura’s Refettorios will soon land in U.S. cities to fight food waste and isolation, thanks to a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

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How to Break the Dangerous Cycle of Loneliness

Social isolation kills, and in the process it makes it harder to reach out to others. A psychologist explains how to stop the feedback loop.

The Crowd & the Cloud

Citizen Science in the Age of the Cloud

A new documentary series celebrates regular folks interacting with data, but leaves some big questions answered.

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NYC Readers! Come Play With Us at Our Next HappyHourLab

We’ll be building worlds at a board-game cafe.

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Drawing Up an Urban Planning Manual for Chicago Teens

The graphic novel No Small Plans aims to empower the city’s youth through stories about their neighborhoods.

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Detroit Coney Pizza Is the Worst

Just stop.

BART

Meet the Bay Area Residents Fighting Discrimination on Public Transit

Locals and officials teamed up in support of inclusivity on BART.

Andrea Morales

This Podcast Bridges the Rural/Urban Empathy Divide

The much-hyped series S-Town evolves from murder mystery and small-town tourism into timely, humanistic biography.

YouTube

Dallas, According to an '80s Rock Band From France

[Extremely French voice] “Dallas.”

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When Your City Is Gone

A new book invites Seattle residents to conjure the haunts that have vanished.

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Revisiting 'The Inner City Mother Goose'

In her poetry book released in 1969, Eve Merriam reserves some of her sharpest barbs for the city planners, politicians, government bureaucrats, and “crisis committees” who claim to help the poor but do nothing (or worse).

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The Teen Novel Confronting Police Violence

The bestselling young-adult book The Hate U Give surveys the landscape of violence, activism, and justice through the eyes of a teenage girl.

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The New Podcast Spotlighting NYC's Street Musicians

StreetMusicMap Radio gives buskers another kind of platform.

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The Lazy Voyeurism of Travel Essays

In the internet age, drop-in essays are shared far and wide—and they aren’t always well received back home.

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In London, a Grim Warning About Ocean Plastics

A public art piece sponsored by Greenpeace addresses the fact that by 2050 plastics will clog the guts of virtually all seabirds.

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When Women Walk the City

In a new book, the writer Lauren Elkin excavates the female flâneur in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Venice, and London.

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Riding Up Front With Immigrants' Stories

A new project hopes to increase tolerance by having passengers strike up conversations with their taxi and ride-hailing drivers.

Eric Grant

The Tech Helping Immigrants Hack the Ban

Across the country, designers and coders are coming together to develop tools for communities targeted by Trump’s orders.