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America Insists It Is Great. It Should Work on Being Decent

For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt a stifling expectation, an understood command to believe that America is great. If I could not see this nation as great, then I must be a disgruntled traitor. If I could not see America’s remarkable progress—how it eventually fixed its mistake of enslaving others; how it bent over backward to consider race in college admissions—I must be a spoiled cynic.
POLITICS

Europe's Refugee Crisis Is Going to Get Worse

Exhausted and depleted, Ukraine’s refugees have endured hell since the Russian invasion of their country in February 2022. According to the United Nations, at least 12 million people have fled their homes since the war began—over 5 million having gone to other countries, leaving 7 million displaced within Ukraine. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of refugees have made the reverse trek back to their home countries to relatively safe cities like Kyiv.
IMMIGRATION

What to Know About WNBA Star Brittney Griner's Detention in Russia

The criminal trial of 31-year-old WNBA champion and Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner , who has been detained for more than four months, began in Russia on July 1. She faces up to 10 years in prison for the alleged transportation and smuggling of cannabis products. Experts say that she is unlikely to receive a fair trial, and that Russian authorities are using her as a diplomatic bargaining chip amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
BASKETBALL

About Those Devastating Deaths in <i>Stranger Things</i> Season 4

This story contains spoilers for Stranger Things 4. With the release of its final two episodes on July 1, Stranger Things 4 has ended—and a couple of major characters meet their end by the finale, too. Netflix’s flagship sci-fi show has never been afraid to kill off characters before (RIP Barb), and the final feature-length episodes included a couple of big deaths—and some near-death moments sure to have huge ramifications for the show as it heads into its fifth and final season.
TV SERIES

We Need to Save America's Sequoias

Millions of people from all over the world come to visit our majestic Giant Sequoias every year. No photo can accurately depict the awe-inspiring natural splendor of a Giant Sequoia, towering more than 300 feet into the sky. They are wonders that must be seen to believe, and they have been symbols of American natural beauty for centuries.
CALIFORNIA STATE

How Grief Upsets Your Gut Health

After the death of Caroline Rustigian’s mother earlier this year, her physical health took a tumble. “I stopped eating and couldn’t keep food down,” says Rustigian, a public relations consultant and podcaster in Laguna Beach, Calif.
LAGUNA BEACH, CA

Lawmakers Scramble to Reform Digital Privacy After Roe Reversal

Before Roe v. Wade granted women the constitutional right to abortion in 1973, most abortion procedures were kept hidden, even from close family members. Some women destroyed evidence and traveled in the wee hours of the morning to cover their tracks. But with today’s advances in technology, even though it’s never been easier or safer to access abortion at home, keeping it private could turn out to be much harder. The websites and apps that people use every day leave a digital footprint that’s nearly impossible to hide.
CONGRESS & COURTS

Fact-Checking 8 Claims About Crypto’s Climate Impact

Cryptocurrencies are bad for the environment—at least, that’s what most people online seem to believe. Pro-crypto posts on social media are often flooded with angry comments about the industry’s outsized contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Studies estimate that Bitcoin mining, the process that safeguards the Bitcoin network, uses more power globally per year than most countries, including the Philippines and Venezuela.
ENVIRONMENT

Air Travel Is Hell This Summer. And It Won’t Be Fixed Anytime Soon

One morning in early June, the security line at Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport snaked in long, grumpy arcs away from the scanners, back through the automated boarding pass machines to the end of the departures hall, down the stairs, and all the way back around to the 7-Eleven that stands at the terminal’s entry. “It was bad,” said one of the young workers in neon-yellow polo shirts, who had been hired recently to calm nerves and provide information to irritated and desperate travelers. There are a lot of them these days, even at an airport that is usually a model of smooth transit; Kastrup has been voted the world’s most efficient airport more than a dozen times. Pulling up a video of the seemingly endless queue on her phone, the worker added, “Normally we can bring people through the line if they’re going to miss their flight. But that day we were told we couldn’t because that was basically everybody.”
LIFESTYLE

Let's Break Down the Ending of <i>Stranger Things 4: Part Two</i>

This story contains spoilers for Stranger Things 4: Part Two. The final two episodes of the fourth season of Netflix’s Stranger Things have arrived. With runtimes of one hour and 25 minutes and two hours and 30 minutes, respectively, the episodes feel more like a pair of movies than the end of a TV season. Needless to say, a lot goes down in Hawkins and in the Upside Down in the season’s conclusion.
TV SERIES