Congratulations, Your City Is Dying!

BY JIM RUSSELL from Pacific Standard In general, a declining population translates into a dying place. For a place (city or nation-state), dying can also refer to the aging of the overall population. If everyone is too old to work, then who will pay for the health care? Save the wildcard of migration, more deaths…

5 facts about evolution and religion

BY DAVID MASCI from Fact Tank Are faith and belief in evolution necessarily at odds? According to Pope Francis, the answer is no. Indeed, the pope recently reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s view that “evolution in nature is not inconsistent” with church teaching on creation, pushing thedebate on human origins back into the news. Although…

Cycles of Fear and Bias in the Criminal Justice System

BY LAUREN KIRCHNER from Pacific Standard Discussions about how to reform the criminal justice system—whether through sentence-reduction proposals for low-level crimes, or limiting the use of data analysis in making sentencing decisions, or fightingvoter disenfranchisement—all have one talking point in common. When an overzealous criminal justice system causes harm, it disproportionately harms minorities, because minorities…

What Most People Get Wrong About College Students

by Libby Nelson from Vox The movies and the media portray the typical college student as a fresh-faced high-school graduate, living on campus, going to college full-time. They probably ran an admissions gauntlet to get there. They might be taking on a mountain of debt. Minus the debt, that was the college experience for many…

A New Push to Get Low-Income Students Through College

by David Leonhardt from Upshot The United States fails to do right by most low-income students who excel in school. They overcome long odds and do well enough in high school to show they can thrive in college. Nevertheless, many never receive a bachelor’s degree. Now, though, the country may be approaching something of a turning…