Rethink the News

What we're watching today

Here's a glimpse at our top five stories, including editor commentary on each story, and our audio edition.

  • Tallying the economic cost of climate change

    Climate change, which many skeptics argue is more bark than bite, is starting to demonstrate an impact on economies – and perceptions.

  • Stark revelations: For Catholics, an excruciating new test of faith

    For Catholics, the past two decades have forced the faithful to grapple with wide-spread sexual abuse among clergy. Now, as other traditions discover similar predators among their ranks, a new report still has the power to shock the nation, as well as those still seeking solace in the church.

  • What's behind Saudi Arabia's summer of discontent

    Saudi Arabia's young and powerful crown prince has billed himself as a reformer, modernizer, and liberal. So the kingdom's summer of jailed activists and a feud with Canada is a puzzlement.

  • Thin blue line

    Teaching police to holster their emotions

    How does policing change when officers are trained to think differently? This story looks at an approach that helps officers in Washington more safely interact with people exhibiting signs of mental illness.

  • Books

    Our 10 best reads of the month

    The Silk Road from a bicycle seat. A satirical novel with Shakespeare as a character. Iraq and Afghanistan through the experiences of six service members. The genius of Chopin. All are among our picks for the great books of August. 

Monitor Daily Podcast

August 16, 2018
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About Monitor Journalism

We think it is time to rethink the news.

News is essential. It is the fuel for a thriving democracy. It takes us to places and introduces us to people we never imagined. It defends our rights and values.

Over the Monitor’s 108-year history, we’ve built a legacy of high-quality, distinctive journalism because we recognize that news is more than facts. It’s the story of how we are each trying to make our homes, communities, and nations better. What matters are the values and ideals that drive us, not just the who, what, when, and where of the news.

When we understand that, we understand the world, and one another, better.

The Monitor gives readers that deeper insight by offering this approach to readers:

We challenge conventional thinking. As forces from politics to social media try to break us into competing tribes – political, racial, or economic – together we’ll rethink the question, “Who is my neighbor?”

We listen to you. We need you to hold us accountable – to keep us honest and grounded. To inspire us with what inspires you. Together, we can build a community of people who ask more from news.

We will change how you see news. News must be accurate and trustworthy, but facts alone can miss the whole story – the story of us. We are much better than much of today’s news portrays us to be. We will have the courage to look into both the best and the worst in us – and not to blame, but to demand better.

Journalism can be a force for good – for inspiration and progress. But only if we all make it so.

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