- Two new studies explain why Australia has one of the largest language families. Updated 13h ago
- Why our memories and moralities are deeply entwined with the languages we speak.
- Can Japanese read Chinese?
- There’s a good chance we’ll see a record number of female Senators come November—and our government will be much improved. Updated 13h ago
- Many women are spooks, but only a third of the CIA's leadership is female.
- Hillary Clinton is the most closely observed woman in America, but we haven’t figured out how to interpret the data yet.
- Charlotte police release footage of Keith Scott's death. Updated 13h ago
- Callous disregard or best practice? Cops seem unconcerned just moments after killing Keith Scott, which fits a broader pattern.
- Pastor: True healing begins with God, then Wal-Mart.
“The warden is pushing the meal cart”
A glimpse into the world of a Freedom Fighter... FREE ALABAMA! pic.twitter.com/0fzOFUet4H— FREEDOM FOR KINETIK (@for_kinetic) September 25, 2016
Guards at Alabama's Holman Correctional Facility have joined prisoners on strike, refusing to show up for work and forcing the warden to make rounds with a meal cart.
Holman is one of at least 29 prisons nationwide that have gone on strike this month, protesting the use of prison labor, credibly likening it to slavery.
When So Much Is Justifiably Rated R
Facebook censored pictures of a Nazi flag being sold next to a Trump flag. It locked Palestinian journalists out of their news outlets' Facebook accounts without providing a reason why. Earlier this month, it even censored the famous Pulitzer-winning "napalm girl" photograph from the Vietnam War. As Tom Scocca wrote in 2015 about the Facebookification of news, "Mass audiences must be handled delicately, tastefully, appropriately. PG-13, at the worst."
Yes, the Pronouns Are Hard, But
Buried inside Michael Schulman's otherwise unprovocative profile of Transparent's Hari Nef is one of those facts you see that's hard to unsee (even if you've seen it before): Forty-one percent of transgender Americans have attempted suicide, compared with five percent of the general population.
Chicago now escorts one in five students to school to provide safe passage in areas where bullets fly.
The Decarbonization of California
Tomorrow marks the 10-year anniversary of then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's commitment to curbing climate change in California. The San Francisco Chronicle summarizes what's changed—and, surprisingly, it's a lot.
- Police unions are frequently segregated, and frequently prefer to stay that way. Updated 3d ago
- Criminologist finds little research into police unions and their effects on societies and cities—but nearly all of the research says they're bad.
- Cops refuse to protect NFL players on grounds that athletes don't have freedom of speech.
- Ultramarathoner Karl Meltzer sets Appalachian Trail record with unique fueling strategy (including bacon and beer). Updated 6d ago
- FOMO helped to kill the Great Barrier Reef.
- Climber and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard blames "the death of the outdoors" on Outside magazine.
Where Death Lies
Each year, the Japanese government expects dozens of people to die from eating ill-prepared blowfish, and yet the dish remains a delicacy.
The 2016 Tournament of Books
Relive the action of the 12th Annual Morning News Tournament of Books—or any of the previous 11—presented by Field Notes.
Bracketology for the 2016 Tournament of Books
Announcing the brackets for the 2016 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books, presented by Field Notes.
- Welcome to the age of kompromat, or the well-timed release of compromising material. Updated 1w ago
- FBI tries to figure out how to take hackers (and Putin?) to trial.
- Former National Security Council spokesperson reflects on the panic of Washington elites in this period of regular email hacks.
- Trump Foundation has used over $250,000 of other people's money to pay off settlements from lawsuits against Trump's other assets. Updated 3d ago
- Trump has received nearly $900 million in tax breaks on his New York properties, often obtained by the means you'd expect from him.
- Trump's mysterious foundation has no clear purpose, but it did once buy a $20,000 portrait of Trump himself.