Are The Concerns About Water Fluoridation Legit?

By EMILY OSTER from FiveThirtyEight If you’re anything like me, you have probably given only limited thought to the fluoride in your tap water. You probably have some vague idea that it’s there and that it relates to your dental health. But community water fluoridation is a fairly controversial practice. Some cities (Portland, Oregon, for…

Why The KKK Is Reaching Out Beyond White Folks

by Gene Demby from NPR As America’s longest-lived white supremacist organization, the Ku Klux Klan has achieved a rare kind of name recognition. You know the way people say “Xerox” when they mean “to photocopy” or “Kleenex” when they mean “tissue”? “KKK” functions something like that, except it shorthands to “racial terrorism and extrajudicial killings.”…

The Rise of Extreme Daycare #GreatRead #LongRead

BY ALISSA QUART / PHOTOS BY ALICE PROUJANSKY from Pacific Standard In the garden of Dee’s Tots Childcare, amid the sunflowers, cornstalks, and plastic cars, a three-year-old girl with beads in her braids and a two-year-old blond boy are shimmying. These are Deloris Hogan’s 6:45 p.m. pick-ups. Nearby, also dancing, are four kids who won’t…

Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

by EMILY HANFORD from NPR Linnea Wolters was prepared to hate the Common Core State Standards. She taught fifth grade at a low-income school in Reno, Nev., where, she says, there was always some new plan to improve things. And none of it added up to good education. But, after leading her class through a Core-aligned lesson…

Marvel Comics Solicits for February 2015

DARTH VADER #1 & 2 KIERON GILLEN (w) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A) CoverS by ADI GRANOV ISSUE #1 – Teaser Variant by JOHN CASSADAY CONNECTING VARIANT COVER B BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS VARIANT COVER BY MICHAEL GOLDEN VARIANT COVER BY MIKE DEL MUNDO YOUNG…