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How Norman Borlaug Went With the Grain

“Our Daily Bread: The Essential Norman Borlaug” is a multivolume biography that chronicles the microbiologist and his Nobel Prize-winning work to thwart starvation.

 

Explaining Liberals to Conservatives, and Vice-Versa

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt can tell you why you feel so righteous about your politics, but will you listen?

 

Does Black History Need More Than a Month?

The documentary “More Than a Month” asks: Does Black History Month still inspire reflection, or just Nike sales?

 

PBS to Show ‘Where Soldiers Come From’

A PBS documentary follows a group of friends before, during, and after their time in Afghanistan.

 

‘If a Tree Falls’ Revisits the Earth Liberation Front

PBS looks at the radical environmentalists whose turn to terrorism discredited their quixotic campaign in “If a Tree Falls.”

 

Teaching Kids to Love Nature (and Buy Less Stuff)

A new book, “The Failure of Environmental Education,” says schools are failing to teach kids how to save the planet.

 

‘The Fair Society’ — Author Calls for More Equality

Social critic Peter Corning argues for a new social structure based on equality, equity and reciprocity in his new book “The Fair Society.”

 

Invasion of the Unregulated Chemicals

Carl Cranor’s book “Legally Poisoned” says lax, outdated law puts Americans at risk from untested industrial chemicals.

 

Welcome to Shelbyville: Loving, Fearing Thy Neighbors

In the documentary film “Welcome to Shelbyville,” a small Tennessee town deals with an influx of residents from Somalia.

 

Mentally Ill Homeless Improve With Group Living

Bucking a trend, a new book shows that group living can inoculate the homeless who are mentally ill against a return to the streets.

 

Lee Baca Wants to Educate L.A.’s Prisoners

In this Miller-McCune Q&A, Los Angeles County’s top cop Lee Baca explains why he wants to offer an education to tens of thousands of prisoners.

 

How Did Students Become Academically Adrift?

“Academically Adrift,” a new book on the failures of higher education, finds that undergrads don’t study, and professors don’t make them.

 

Derek Bok on Fixing College Failure

Harvard University President Emeritus Derek Bok says college professors don’t challenge their students because they don’t know how.

 

David Onek — Law Enforcement Facilitator

David Onek works to bring together stakeholders in the criminal justice system who often agree — usually without knowing they do.

 

Life in Prison Begins at 16

The PBS documentary “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story” asks the question: Who is responsible when family and society so fail a promising child that she turns to prostitution and murder in her teens?

 

Your Brain: A User’s Guide

New books “Self Comes to Mind” and “On Second Thought” examine the origins of consciousness, and the unconscious pulls that influence our behavior.

 

The Ultra-Imperial Presidency

Yale’s Bruce Ackerman, a constitutional scholar, warns that unilateralism in the “most dangerous branch” of government is setting the stage for a tragic future.

 

Welfare Reform Failing Poor Single Mothers

“Stretched Thin,” “Both Hands Tied,” and “The War on Welfare” are three new books that highlight welfare reform’s failure to address the enduring poverty of single mothers and their children.

 

Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining Hits ‘Deep Down’

PBS documentary “Deep Down” looks at a cordial, intense dispute over mountaintop-removal coal mining in Appalachia.

 

World Press Photos in Focus

Ready for a close-up: The year in award-winning photojournalism presented by the World Press Photo Exhibition.

 

What We Miss When We Obsess Over Obesity

Social epidemiologist Paula Lantz reveals what actually leads to premature deaths among Americans. Obesity? No. Poverty? Yes.

 

The Poverty Solution: Cash

A new book, “Just Give Money to the Poor,” says the poor will spend the cash wisely and boost the economy, too.

 

Prisoners of the States

A new book, “The Enemy In Our Hands,” looks at how America has treated — and mistreated — prisoners of war through history resonates in the age of terror.

 

‘Courts and Kids’ Argues for Equal School Funding

State courts should stand firm on equal school funding and make sure legislators and governors show kids the money, a law scholar writes.

 

The Sociology of Avatar, The X Files and The Simpsons

Scouring “Avatar,” “The X Files” and, yes, even “The Simpsons” for sociological subtext.

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Attitudes About Race Affect Actions, Even When They Don’t

Tiny effects of attitudes on individuals' actions pile up quickly.

Geography, Race, and LOLs

The online lexicon spreads through racial and ethnic groups as much as it does through geography and other traditional linguistic measures.

Feeling—Not Being—Wealthy Cuts Support for Economic Redistribution

A new study suggests it's relative wealth that leads people to oppose taxing the rich and giving to the poor.

Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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