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  • This land, your land

    A national park experience can be grand and intimate. And everybody can experience them. That's their real treasure.

  • When we hear America singing

    As the demographics of the United States changes, becoming majority minority, a deeper level of diversity and inclusion is needed.

  • Adaptation and bouncing forward

    Millions of people face adversity, trials, and setbacks. Rather than haunting them, however, traumas often empower them.

  • Diversity as the destination

    'Urban pioneering' was about seeking value and variety in forlorn cities. Now that cities are hot again, both those qualities are threatened.

  • What every sport needs

    Every sport becomes more interesting when it evolves beyond a battle of the biggest, baddest, and strongest.

  • What all consumers must know

    From food to clothing, electronics to domestic help, the era of blissful consumer ignorance is, or should be, over.

  • What the road can show us

    The cross-country road trip has been celebrated in American literature and lore -- as a journey of national and self discovery.

  • Knowing the story of our food

    Agriculture ranges from the backyard garden to the corporate mega-farm, from organic practices to industrial-grade processes. So where exactly is the sweet spot?

  • Arctic endeavors and canine friends

    In a busy, techie, ever-changing world, the age-old partnership between humans and canines remains as durable as it is enjoyable.

  • How will her pendulum swing?

    Two decades ago, the mental momentum in Europe seemed fully in favor of greater unity. Now it's stalled. Will 'Brexit' reverse it?

  • Aiming to learn the why

    It's fashionable to bash shoe-leather journalism as obsolete in the digital age. It's impossible to understand how the world and its people tick without it. 

  • A 'nation' with pride and purpose

    With both resettlement and repatriation unlikely, the world's displaced people constitute the biggest refugee crisis in 70 years.

July 29, 2016

Photos of the day 7/29

A little girl on the convention floor wearing a Bernie Sanders hat holds a USA sign as she listens to speakers on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday.

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