Does Your School Arrest Students?

by Cory Turner from NPR Niya Kenny pulled out her cell phone and began recording. It happened in 2015, after a classmate had refused to hand over her own cell phone during class and was being pulled from her chair by a police officer based at their school, Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C.…

Chicago’s Murder Rate Is Rising, But It Isn’t Unprecedented

By Rob Arthur from FiveThirtyEight Donald Trump sent a tweet last night decrying Chicago’s murder rate and threatening to “send in the Feds” unless it goes down. Chicago’s murder rate is high, and it has risen significantly in the last two years. But the recent rate of killings is not unprecedented: During the mid-1990s, Chicago…

Reducing Prejudice, One Sitcom at a Time

By Tom Jacobs from Pacific Standard Meryl Streep’s public upbraiding of Donald Trump at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards was another reminder that the entertainment industry has little love for the president-elect. Eloquent statements aside, however, is there anything Hollywood can do to negate the damage done by Trump’s prejudice-fueled campaign? In fact, there is: Create…

Is Trump keeping his economic promises? Here are eight ways to know.

By Ana Swanson from The Washington Post President Trump begins his term with ambitious promises regarding the economy. He has pledged to boost economic growth to 4 percent a year and create 25 million jobs in the next decade as “the greatest jobs producer that God ever created.” He has promised to revive manufacturing, raise wages…

The United States Is No Longer a Full Democracy

By Jared Keller from Pacific Standard Last year was a bad year for democracy — and not just in the United States. That’s the conclusion of a comprehensive analysis published Tuesday by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the political and economic research arm of its eponymous magazine. The EIU’s 2016 Democracy Index, which evaluated the democratic norms of…

The Case Against ‘Whole Wheat’ and ‘Whole Grain’ Bread

by Alice Park from Time.com So you’re ready to include more whole grains in your diet, and you reasonably want to start with your daily bread (and crackers, and granola bars, and other grain-based snacks). When you consider that most U.S. adults only get half the recommended amount of daily fiber, opting for the bread…