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  • Testing the limits of compromise

    Sometimes there's no middle ground in a dispute over rights -- only a winner and a loser. That's when a higher sense of justice is needed.

  • Keeping facts in the idea zone

    In the digital age, assertions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes are easy to dream up and a snap to propagate. Facts are harder to establish. But they are what matter.

  • A world apart, a world we share

    As humans becomes more attuned to the ocean, we will need to modify our age-old, land-based default toward tribalism and territoriality.

  • This land, your land

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

  • 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.

  • Trusting the power of the people

    Political parties are seldom beloved, but they keep the fires of politics burning when the people are busy with their lives.

  • 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.

  • Simple good, fair better

    Reforming the US tax code is possible, but it won't be easy. The tax code is complex because the economy is complex. 

  • A debate that demands compassion

    Intensely personal, intensely political, the abortion debate rarely changes minds. The one bright spot: Abortion numbers are falling.

  • Charting a course for charter schools

    Heroic work by teachers and administrators often makes a difference in public education. But good schools take more than that.

  • Bending the curve toward peace

    From Southeast Asia to Latin America, past conflicts -- conflicts that once consumed the world's attention -- have been overcome. Today's will be as well.

 
 
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