Do Prison Policies Encourage Repeat Offenders?
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At the end of 2015, 1 in 37 U.S. adults was incarcerated or on probation or parole, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. That’s more than 6.7 million people, and actually represents the lowest rate this country has seen since 1994, according to BJS data. The population that was under some form of “correctional supervision” was the

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Why Seed Diversity Matters and How to Preserve It
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“SEED: The Untold Story” begins with the same statistic that convinced filmmakers Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz that the documentary needed to be made: In the last century, 94 percent of our seed varieties have disappeared from commercial seed storage. “We thought, ‘Oh my word, how have never heard about this?’” Betz said. “We’ve been

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How Our Modern World Was Shaped by ‘The Great War’
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A controversial war. “Freedom” foods. Legislation curbing civil liberties in the name of national security. 2004? Try 1914. PBS’s “The Great War” shows how the first World War dramatically overturned the international order and brought about important changes in the United States—some that are still evident today. The first ‘total war’ World War I was

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In Yosemite Valley, Climate Change Threatens Giant Sequoias, Tiny Animals
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Have you ever seen a pic of a pika? They’re the adorable, hamster-sized relatives of rabbits that make their homes at elevations above 7,500 feet. It’s hard to look at these little guys without gushing over how cute they are, which makes them awesome stars for a new episode of “Nature” on PBS. But it also

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Get Fired Up With the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade
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When you think about radical acts, what comes to mind? Protests? Sit-ins? Strikes? What about biking? For the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade, a group of young women of color in East Los Angeles, you better believe it. The Ovarian Psycos, or the Ovas for short, came together to take back the streets of their neighborhood from

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Why the Brontë Sisters Still Make Top Novel Lists
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Since it was published in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s groundbreaking novel “Jane Eyre” has never been out of print. It consistently shows up on top 10 lists of favorite novels alongside another Brontë novel, “Wuthering Heights,” according to Brontë biographer Juliet Barker. When it was written, Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” “left contemporary audiences perplexed and disgusted. It didn’t

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Security or Freedom? Why Laws Change During Wartime
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“Inter arma enim silent leges.” This quote from the Greek statesman Cicero roughly translates to “in times of war, the law falls silent.” It’s a handy phrase for thinking about the tension between security and freedom during times of war. PBS’s three-part series “Dead Reckoning” explores the development of international wartime law, specifically “crimes against humanity.” Societies throughout

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The Importance of Sweaters and Sneakers in ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’
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It’s a scene you’ve watched a thousand times. Mr. Rogers steps through his front door with a smile and a song, shrugs off his work jacket and puts it on its hanger in a closet. From a hanger to the left he pulls down a cardigan, puts it on and zips it up over his shirt

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What We Can All Learn from ‘The Bad Kids’
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Who are “The Bad Kids”? Well, they aren’t really bad kids at all, but, to mainstream society, they certainly appear that way. They’re tardy to class and turn in assignments late—if at all. They talk back to teachers or sleep through lessons and sometimes they stop coming to class altogether. Often their absence goes unnoticed or

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Why Did the South Wear Gray? The Story of Civil War Clothing in ‘Mercy Street’
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Looking at fashion of the past can tell us a lot about not only what people wore, but what their lives were like. Changes in style serve as documentation for greater cultural shifts. Clues to how people lived hundreds of years ago can be hidden in clothing pieces, invisible to the untrained eye.  Thankfully, we have

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