YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ

by TOM JACOBS from Pacific Standard While we may view them as universal, the ethical compasses that guide us can, in fact, vary enormously. As recent research has shown, actions seen as obviously wrong to one individual may be perfectly acceptable to another. If you are sizing up a potential partner (of either the romantic or business…

Researchers Examine Breitbart’s Influence On Election Information

from NPR A study of 1.25 million media stories says a Breitbart-centered media ecosystem fostered the sharing of stories that were, at their core, misleading. Steve Inskeep talks to researcher Yochai Benkler. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Researchers say they better understand how we spread around the media coverage of the 2016 election. They analyzed more than…

How Did We Get To 11 Million Unauthorized Immigrants?

by ROBERT SIEGEL and SELENA SIMMONS-DUFFIN from NPR An estimated 11 million immigrants live and work in the United States illegally. Their fate is one of the big policy questions facing the country. The story of how that population grew so large is a long one that’s mostly about Mexico, and full of unintended consequences. Prior to the…

From The BBC: The Invention of Heterosexuality

By Brandon Ambrosino from BBC The 1901 Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defined heterosexuality as an “abnormal or perverted appetite toward the opposite sex.” More than two decades later, in 1923, Merriam Webster’s dictionary similarly defined it as “morbid sexual passion for one of the opposite sex.” It wasn’t until 1934 that heterosexuality was graced with the…

Looking Back: Americans Don’t Trust Their Institutions Anymore

By Clare Malone from FiveThirtyEight We live in interesting times, but I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to be alive for the dawn of politics, for our first encounters with one another when we started to make rules that would help hunting and trading and fishing and fornicating and building happen smoothly.…