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Polish Judges Fight Forced Retirement3:32
July 17, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Polish Judges Fight Forced Retirement

Poland's Law and Justice Party says it's reforming the judiciary. Others say it's staging a takeover of an independent branch of government.
Our Environment Gives Our DNA Instructions, Changing Who We Are2:17
July 17, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Our Environment Gives Our DNA Instructions, Changing Who We Are

Sometimes our "nurture" can physically change our "nature."
Roe V. Wade, Explained2:55
July 13, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Roe V. Wade, Explained

The decision effectively legalized abortion across the country.
Here's How Some States Are Already Reducing Prison Populations2:55
July 12, 2018
By Aysha Bagchi, Chance Seales

Here's How Some States Are Already Reducing Prison Populations

Making reforms has saved some states billions of dollars.
What Became Of America's '47 Percent'?3:07
July 11, 2018
By Aysha Bagchi, Chance Seales

What Became Of America's '47 Percent'?

When it comes to elections, "47 percent" is way too simple.
Dream Jobs: Antiquer4:32
July 11, 2018
By Chance Seales, Megan Smith

Dream Jobs: Antiquer

In Mo Paul's warehouse, you get to hunt for the item you want, just like he did when picking things for his collection.
Supreme Court Nominee's Judicial History Under Scrutiny3:21
July 10, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Supreme Court Nominee's Judicial History Under Scrutiny

The president has made his pick to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Now the drama begins.
Dream Jobs: Hair And Makeup Artist4:05
July 10, 2018
By Sarah Giroux, Colleen O'Neill

Dream Jobs: Hair And Makeup Artist

For Allie Kunkler, being a professional makeup artist is about more than making clients look beautiful. It's also about connection and creativity.
President Trump Narrows Supreme Court Nominee List2:49
July 6, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

President Trump Narrows Supreme Court Nominee List

President Trump is set to announce his nominee for Supreme Court justice on Monday.
Dream Jobs: Personal Stylist4:40
July 6, 2018
By Chance Seales, Megan Smith

Dream Jobs: Personal Stylist

Rosana Vollmerhausen says her job is equal parts learning a client's style and pushing them out of their comfort zone.
Antidepressants Definitely Work. Long-Term Effects Are Less Definite.3:03
July 6, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Antidepressants Definitely Work. Long-Term Effects Are Less Definite.

We know antidepressants are effective. But what about the effect of taking them for decades?
Teens Are Waiting Longer To Get A Job — And That Affects All Of Us2:19
July 3, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Teens Are Waiting Longer To Get A Job — And That Affects All Of Us

They may not be flashy, but summer jobs introduce teens to the world of work.
Members Of Congress Look To Change Suicide Hotline Number2:48
June 28, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Members Of Congress Look To Change Suicide Hotline Number

Members of Congress say they can help more people if they change the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Kennedy's Retirement Will Cement Trump's Mark On Court3:39
June 27, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Kennedy's Retirement Will Cement Trump's Mark On Court

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement means President Donald Trump will get to nominate a second justice in as many years.
Some American Muslims Worry SCOTUS Ruling Sanctions Discrimination4:00
June 26, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Some American Muslims Worry SCOTUS Ruling Sanctions Discrimination

The Supreme Court upheld the president's travel ban Tuesday, allowing enforcement of a policy some say is discriminatory.
This Group Helps Felons In Alabama Reclaim Their Voting Rights5:33
June 25, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

This Group Helps Felons In Alabama Reclaim Their Voting Rights

Felons in Alabama now have the opportunity to get their voting rights back once they've completed their sentences, but many don't know that.
White Women Voters Are A Wild Card — And Wildly Important2:53
June 21, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

White Women Voters Are A Wild Card — And Wildly Important

White women could go either way in the next national elections. And they could determine the outcomes.
The Federal Judiciary Spans 50 States, 100s Of Judges, 1,000s Of Cases2:46
June 20, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

The Federal Judiciary Spans 50 States, 100s Of Judges, 1,000s Of Cases

There's only one Supreme Court, but the U.S. system of judges spans far greater than that.
Ben Rhodes Talks Russia, The Iran Deal And His Time In The White House5:22
June 19, 2018
By Chance Seales, Megan Smith

Ben Rhodes Talks Russia, The Iran Deal And His Time In The White House

His new memoir, "The World As It Is," dives deeper into his time as a top adviser in the Obama White House.
Dream Jobs: Chocolate Maker4:13
June 19, 2018
By Chance Seales

Dream Jobs: Chocolate Maker

Harper Macaw is working to be a small model for positive change in the cacao supply chain.
Supreme Court Decides Against Getting Involved In Gerrymandering Cases1:30
June 18, 2018
By Cliff Judy

Supreme Court Decides Against Getting Involved In Gerrymandering Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court could have issued landmark opinions against partisan gerrymanders — one from each political party. It didn't.
Voters Can Now Wear Political Clothing To The Polls1:32
June 14, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Voters Can Now Wear Political Clothing To The Polls

A Supreme Court decision says voters are allowed to wear whatever political items they want as they cast their ballots.
Anti-Trump Republicans Struggle In Midterm Elections2:56
June 13, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Anti-Trump Republicans Struggle In Midterm Elections

Incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford is just one anti-Trump Republican struggling to win primary elections.
Gerrymandering Is Absolutely Unfair, But Should SCOTUS Get Involved?3:23
June 13, 2018
By Cliff Judy

Gerrymandering Is Absolutely Unfair, But Should SCOTUS Get Involved?

The court typically wants nothing to do with cases that could paint it as a political actor ... and for good reason.
Special Edition Of 'The Why': Singapore Summit48:41
June 13, 2018
By Newsy Staff

Special Edition Of 'The Why': Singapore Summit

As President Trump met with Kim Jong-un in Singapore, "The Why" traveled to South Korea to meet some of those most affected by the historic summit.
Dream Jobs: Urban Farmer4:19
June 13, 2018
By Luke Piotrowski, Chance Seales

Dream Jobs: Urban Farmer

Rooftop farms aren't only for growing food. They also start a conversation about the environment.
Could Trump's Attacks On Allies Affect North Korea Negotiations?2:55
June 11, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Could Trump's Attacks On Allies Affect North Korea Negotiations?

The U.S. wants to strike a deal denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. But will the president's past reneging on deals hurt his ability to do negotiate?
Dream Jobs: Real Estate Photographer3:53
June 11, 2018
By Luke Piotrowski, Chance Seales

Dream Jobs: Real Estate Photographer

David was a lawyer for the D.C. police department, and he loved it. But he decided to take a chance on something he loves even more.
Artist's 'Folded Map' Project Aims To Break Down Cultural Barriers5:39
June 8, 2018
By Jay Strubberg

Artist's 'Folded Map' Project Aims To Break Down Cultural Barriers

A Chicago photographer's "Folded Map" project aims to break down cultural barriers that separate a city troubled by segregation.
House GOP Lawmakers Look For Compromise On Immigration3:15
June 8, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

House GOP Lawmakers Look For Compromise On Immigration

Moderate Republicans are demanding leadership take up immigration ahead of midterm elections.
As DACA Winds Through Courts, A Cautionary Tale In Executive Orders2:47
June 7, 2018
By Cliff Judy

As DACA Winds Through Courts, A Cautionary Tale In Executive Orders

The status of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers hangs on two administrations' interpretations of what the White House can and can't do.
Dream Jobs: Sommelier4:33
June 1, 2018
By Sarah Giroux

Dream Jobs: Sommelier

One of the nation's top sommeliers tells us how to drink wine like a pro and how she landed her dream job.
Discovering A New Identity: How Krakow's Jewish Population Is Growing4:58
June 1, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Discovering A New Identity: How Krakow's Jewish Population Is Growing

The Jewish community in Krakow, Poland, is often associated with a painful history. Those living there say they're looking toward the future.
Could German Judges Have Done More To Prevent The Holocaust?3:30
June 1, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Could German Judges Have Done More To Prevent The Holocaust?

In pre-war Germany, some judges helped Adolf Hitler consolidate power and implement his agenda.
AI 'Thinks' Using Deep Neural Networks, But They're Still A Mystery2:35
June 1, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

AI 'Thinks' Using Deep Neural Networks, But They're Still A Mystery

It's not clear how some artificial intelligence machines arrive at their conclusions.
American Suicide Rates Keep Climbing — Silence Only Makes It Worse15:42
May 31, 2018
By Chance Seales

American Suicide Rates Keep Climbing — Silence Only Makes It Worse

While suicide rates decrease in the rest of the developed world, the U.S. faces a growing problem. And it doesn't help if no one talks about it.
Study: Two-Thirds Of American Millennials Don't Know What Auschwitz Is4:22
May 30, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Study: Two-Thirds Of American Millennials Don't Know What Auschwitz Is

A newly released study shows nearly a quarter of American millennials aren't sure they've heard of the Holocaust.
Even Harmless Words Matter, Especially For Kids And Stereotypes12:56
May 30, 2018
By Chance Seales

Even Harmless Words Matter, Especially For Kids And Stereotypes

It's easy to support increasing equality, diversity and empowerment, but how do we do it? It might start with the words we use around our kids.
Christian Poles: It's Our Responsibility To Combat Anti-Semitism5:19
May 30, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Christian Poles: It's Our Responsibility To Combat Anti-Semitism

A group of Christian Poles have taken it upon themselves to defend Polish Jews as hate speech rises in the country.
Despite A Vocal Student History, Is Free Speech Being Muted On Campus?3:18
May 30, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Despite A Vocal Student History, Is Free Speech Being Muted On Campus?

Some activists are calling for "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings" on campus.
Poland Outlaws Blaming The Country For Holocaust Atrocities5:08
May 24, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Poland Outlaws Blaming The Country For Holocaust Atrocities

The controversial legislation has some free speech advocates up in arms.
Thousands Of Kids A Year Migrate To The US Alone. What Happens Next?2:58
May 24, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Thousands Of Kids A Year Migrate To The US Alone. What Happens Next?

The U.S. lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year.
Poland Could Lose Voting Rights On European Council5:17
May 23, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Poland Could Lose Voting Rights On European Council

The Law and Justice party in Poland has made sweeping changes to the country's judicial and electoral systems since taking over in 2015.
Today's Moms Are Older, More Educated And Bucking Years Of Trends2:38
May 23, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Today's Moms Are Older, More Educated And Bucking Years Of Trends

They're also more likely to be single.
Young Americans Are Always Connected — And Desperately Lonely2:28
May 23, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Young Americans Are Always Connected — And Desperately Lonely

That feeling of loneliness doesn't necessarily go away when others are around.
As Women's Plus-Size Expands, Men's Fashion Is Still Focused On Skinny2:31
May 22, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

As Women's Plus-Size Expands, Men's Fashion Is Still Focused On Skinny

It's still not clear exactly what "plus-size" means for menswear.
Refugee Or Not? Countries Are Going High-tech To Figure It Out3:04
May 22, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Refugee Or Not? Countries Are Going High-tech To Figure It Out

Germany has become especially good at it.
Voters Around The World Are Embracing Nationalism4:19
May 22, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Voters Around The World Are Embracing Nationalism

Some of Europe's most influential countries are seeing voters gravitate toward nationalistic views.
Want To Empower Girls? Consider The 'Zarpies'3:04
May 22, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Want To Empower Girls? Consider The 'Zarpies'

The specific words we use to teach kids about the world can shape the way they think.
Poland And Its Ever-changing Political Landscape4:26
May 21, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Poland And Its Ever-changing Political Landscape

Poland's latest confrontation with its political values is not the first time the country has faced a crossroads.