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You Don’t Have to Go Crackers Going to Costa Rica

Eric Green

When we arrived at Costa Rica’s international airport, it was apparent that it had become truly international. It was much bigger, speedier to go through security and customs, and far easier to claim your baggage. Previously, the airport couldn’t seem to handle the large number of travelers passing through its gates. Now, with even bigger crowds, it was a breeze.

How a 1920 Wall Street Bombing Tanked the Career of a Famous Detective

Jeffrey D. Simon

As is often true when there are multiple witnesses to a crime, there were varying accounts of the explosion. A sample of 21 witnesses did, however, reveal some points of agreement. Most of them said that a horse-drawn wagon was parked in front of or near the U.S. Assay Office, which was located on Wall Street at the time, and that it was old and dilapidated, its paint worn off.

Ads, Food, and Gambling Galore – Essentials of the Super Bowl

Nick Lehr

Gambling and the Super Bowl have always gone hand in hand. To University of Iowa sports media scholar Tom Oates, what makes the developments of the past few years so remarkable is the NFL’s stunning reversal on its own attitudes toward betting. Gone are the quaint days of league officials lobbying Congress to put restrictions and guardrails in place.

‘Imagining the Indian’ Summarizes the History and Fight Against Racial Mascots

Ulises Duenas

Even younger generations of Indigenous Americans grew up being exposed to these images as some of the only representations of their people in American culture. It might take up a large chunk of the film, but it’s necessary in order to understand why sports teams like the Blackhawks and Redskins are offensive. The portrayals are not only inaccurate but dehumanizing.

Disinformation Is Often Blamed for Swaying Elections, but the Research Isn’t So Clear

Magda Osman

If we assign disinformation such a high level of influence, we ultimately deny people’s agency in making free voting choices. And studies show that we are aware that manipulative methods are used on us. Still, we all judge that we can maintain an ability to make our own choice when voting.

Climate Displacement Is Already a Crisis

Angelo Franco

The challenges in addressing climate-induced migration are as diverse as they are complex. From the need for international legal frameworks that recognize and protect climate refugees, to the implementation of national policies and strategies that focus on adaptation and resilience, the path forward requires a concerted effort from all sectors of society.

January 6 Was an Example of ‘Networked Incitement’

Joan Donovan

The use of social media for networked incitement foreshadows a dark future for democracies. Rulers could well come to power by manipulating mass social movements via social media, directing a movement’s members to serve as the leaders’ shock troops, online and off.

Welcome to the World’s Greenest Building

John J. Berger

The cantilevered solar roof of the Bullitt Center, which has been billed as the world’s greenest building, is like the flight deck of an aircraft carrier or a giant mortarboard. Some call it a baseball diamond in the sky. This award-winning six-story commercial office building manages to produce all its own energy via solar power.

How a Battle Between Pirates and the British Navy Triggered the Spread of Chattel Slavery

Angela C. Sutton

Slavery has existed in nearly every society in the world in some form or another. Until British Atlantic societies developed the chattel model, no form of enslavement gave such complete and utter dominion to enslavers on such a scale. Consequently, no society had organized its entire social, political, religious, and economic systems around the exploitation of a more or less permanently enslaved underclass.

Who Is Legally Eligible to Defend the Voting Rights Act?

Anthony Michael Kreis

It is important that groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, can go to court and litigate voting rights questions. Part of the reason is that the Department of Justice is a government office with limited resources and a finite capacity to assess all of the different jurisdictions where voting takes place.


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