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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.
Bill Richardson: The Strategies And Pitfalls Of Talking To North Korea13:41
May 21, 2018
By Chance Seales

Bill Richardson: The Strategies And Pitfalls Of Talking To North Korea

The former governor of New Mexico and ambassador to the UN has negotiated with North Korea before. He says quick solutions will be difficult to find.
Dream Jobs: Trapeze Artist5:05
May 18, 2018

Dream Jobs: Trapeze Artist

These women have the type of job you may have dreamed of as a kid, then forgotten all about. They didn't. Their aspirations led them to the circus.
This Woman's Bravery In World War II Wasn't Known For Almost 50 Years6:52
May 18, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

This Woman's Bravery In World War II Wasn't Known For Almost 50 Years

Anna Stupnicka-Bando risked her life as a teen to save another girl during World War II. Her heroism wasn't learned until nearly half a century later.
Want Better Sleep, Clearer Thoughts, Less Stress? Try A Digital Detox2:34
May 18, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Want Better Sleep, Clearer Thoughts, Less Stress? Try A Digital Detox

Maybe it's time to unplug.
Dream Jobs: Rooftop Farmer4:36
May 17, 2018
By Chance Seales, Megan Smith

Dream Jobs: Rooftop Farmer

Natalie Carver is a farmer right in the middle of Washington, D.C.
Authoritarianism Is Making A Comeback, And Hungary Sets The Standard2:43
May 17, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Authoritarianism Is Making A Comeback, And Hungary Sets The Standard

Its prime minister, Viktor Orban, is often pointed to as a symbol of strong, authoritarian government.
'Never Forget And Never Forgive': A Holocaust Survivor's Mantra6:57
May 16, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

'Never Forget And Never Forgive': A Holocaust Survivor's Mantra

Ed Mosberg lost 60 members of his family in the Holocaust. It's grief he'll never shake; a pain he lives with every day.
More Than 3 Million Kids Take Meds For ADHD. Here's How They Work2:29
May 16, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

More Than 3 Million Kids Take Meds For ADHD. Here's How They Work

The drugs usually work by boosting levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
Holocaust Survivor Relives Anti-Semitism From Childhood7:00
May 16, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Holocaust Survivor Relives Anti-Semitism From Childhood

Holocaust survivor Irving Roth looks back on his childhood before the Holocaust. His experiences show that hate is taught.
Chelsea Manning On Whether Governments Can Keep Secrets1:20
May 15, 2018
By Bianca Facchinei

Chelsea Manning On Whether Governments Can Keep Secrets

The candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland appears on "The Why" Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
The Tumultuous History Of Jews In Poland6:10
May 14, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

The Tumultuous History Of Jews In Poland

The Jewish people have lived in Poland for nearly a thousand years, yet they're often treated like outsiders in their own country.
Evangelicals Are Trump's Rock-Solid Base. So Who Are They?2:52
May 4, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Evangelicals Are Trump's Rock-Solid Base. So Who Are They?

Exit polls found that 80 percent voted for President Trump.
Someone Dies By Suicide Every 12 Minutes, And US Rates Are Rising2:25
May 3, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Someone Dies By Suicide Every 12 Minutes, And US Rates Are Rising

If you or someone you know feels helpless, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
American Workers Are Older Than Ever, And They're Sticking Around2:06
May 2, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

American Workers Are Older Than Ever, And They're Sticking Around

It's partly because people are more educated and living longer.
Walking Through History: Holocaust Survivors Share Their Stories6:31
May 1, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

Walking Through History: Holocaust Survivors Share Their Stories

Each year, thousands march from Auschwitz to Birkenau for Holocaust Remembrance Day. They have one goal: to pass on the story to the next generation.
Northern Ireland Is Unified, But Its People Are Still Deeply Divided2:46
May 1, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Northern Ireland Is Unified, But Its People Are Still Deeply Divided

A period of violence called "The Troubles" lasted for decades. That fighting is over now, but segregation still exists in the country.
The State Of Local Journalism: Where Are The Watchdogs?15:11
April 27, 2018
By Chance Seales

The State Of Local Journalism: Where Are The Watchdogs?

Local journalism likely affects you more than coverage of the president or other topics in national media. But hometown newsrooms are being gutted.
Native American History Is A Dark Precursor To Their Inequality Today2:53
April 27, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Native American History Is A Dark Precursor To Their Inequality Today

During the "removal era," thousands of Native Americans were forced off their land, and many were killed.
US Supreme Court Hears Travel Ban Case2:40
April 26, 2018
By Alexandra Miller

US Supreme Court Hears Travel Ban Case

The Supreme Court heard its last case of the term, but it's arguably the most controversial.
Local News Is Shrinking — What Happens When The Watchdogs Disappear?3:04
April 26, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Local News Is Shrinking — What Happens When The Watchdogs Disappear?

Local news layoffs mean less journalists reporting on police, city halls and statehouses.
Federal Prison Populations Are Booming — A Look At Who's Behind Bars2:28
April 25, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Federal Prison Populations Are Booming — A Look At Who's Behind Bars

Since the '80s, two major factors have led to more people being put behind bars.
Dream Jobs: Reclaimed Wood Craftsman4:09
April 24, 2018
By Chance Seales, Megan Smith

Dream Jobs: Reclaimed Wood Craftsman

Keeping sustainability in mind, Charles Thomas takes old furniture pieces and transforms them into new, unique designs.
AUMF: The Sometimes Blurry Permission Slip For US Military Action3:32
April 24, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

AUMF: The Sometimes Blurry Permission Slip For US Military Action

It stands for the Authorization for Use of Military Force, and it comes from Congress.
25 Years After Waco Siege, A Look At Branch Davidians' Rise And Fall3:25
April 19, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

25 Years After Waco Siege, A Look At Branch Davidians' Rise And Fall

The group's roots can be traced back to the 1930s.
'Miracle' Drug Reverses Overdoses, But Does It Fuel Addiction Cycle?2:19
April 19, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

'Miracle' Drug Reverses Overdoses, But Does It Fuel Addiction Cycle?

Naloxone reverses some effects of an opioid overdose in just two to five minutes — and some say that might increase opioid use.
Dream Jobs: Instagram Food Influencer4:53
April 18, 2018
By Chance Seales, Megan Smith

Dream Jobs: Instagram Food Influencer

"Consider your diet ruined," reads his Instagram bio.
Diversity Quotas In The Office: Well-Intended But Legally Tricky3:35
April 18, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Diversity Quotas In The Office: Well-Intended But Legally Tricky

There are plenty of Supreme Court cases on diversity in hiring, but the legal lines are still blurry.
Campaign Contributions Aren't Always Obvious — They Might Be 'In-Kind'2:58
April 17, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Campaign Contributions Aren't Always Obvious — They Might Be 'In-Kind'

A contribution is a contribution.
Journalist-Runner Reflects On Covering Boston Marathon Bombing5:03
April 16, 2018
By Devan Kaney

Journalist-Runner Reflects On Covering Boston Marathon Bombing

Five years after the bombing, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Rezendes of The Boston Globe recalls what happened April 15, 2013.
Are You A Democrat Or A Republican? A Look At Your Brain Might Tell Us2:28
April 13, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Are You A Democrat Or A Republican? A Look At Your Brain Might Tell Us

Sure, we're politically divided. But our brains may be partly to blame for that.
The 'Steele Dossier' Is Controversial — But Is It True?4:15
April 12, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

The 'Steele Dossier' Is Controversial — But Is It True?

It's 35 pages of allegations gathered from sources around the world.
Dopamine Is The Addictive Little Secret Of Social Media3:00
April 11, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Dopamine Is The Addictive Little Secret Of Social Media

It's all in our head.
Dream Jobs: Panda Keeper4:16
April 10, 2018
By Chance Seales

Dream Jobs: Panda Keeper

It takes a lot of bamboo.
In Iran, The Hijab Has Its Roots In Protest, Not Conformity3:20
April 10, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

In Iran, The Hijab Has Its Roots In Protest, Not Conformity

Iranian women weren't always required to wear a hijab.
It's More Than Robots — AI Is Getting Closer To Artificial Humans3:23
April 6, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

It's More Than Robots — AI Is Getting Closer To Artificial Humans

Artificial intelligence used to mean Roombas and robots with facial expressions. We're pretty far beyond those now.
Is Merit-based Immigration Our Solution? Let's Ask Canada2:43
April 5, 2018
By Chance Seales

Is Merit-based Immigration Our Solution? Let's Ask Canada

Applicants get points for things like language skills, family ties and job offers. Those points can add up to permanent residence.
'Unified': Rep. Gowdy And Sen. Scott Talk Unity, Race And Their Party5:22
April 4, 2018
By Chance Seales

'Unified': Rep. Gowdy And Sen. Scott Talk Unity, Race And Their Party

"The current path is destructive, it is untenable, it is unsustainable." — Rep. Trey Gowdy
A Voice For All Americans, MLK's Legacy Reaches Further Than You Think6:57
April 4, 2018
By Jay Strubberg

A Voice For All Americans, MLK's Legacy Reaches Further Than You Think

Fifty years have passed since his death, but Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy remains crystal clear.
The Anatomy Of A Trade War3:31
April 3, 2018
By Jay Strubberg

The Anatomy Of A Trade War

Tariffs can be a double-edged sword for companies and farmers at home.
Do People Change? A Look At Whether Personality Is Fixed Or Fixable20:51
March 30, 2018
By Chance Seales

Do People Change? A Look At Whether Personality Is Fixed Or Fixable

We can essentially be boiled down to five personality traits.
Psychedelics Show Promise In Treating Depression And Anxiety23:38
March 30, 2018
By Chance Seales

Psychedelics Show Promise In Treating Depression And Anxiety

It starts with the way psychedelics reset your brain's thought patterns.
From 1-800 Numbers To One-Click Orders, Online Shopping Has Taken Over2:49
March 30, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

From 1-800 Numbers To One-Click Orders, Online Shopping Has Taken Over

E-shopping wasn't even around until 1994, but the industry grows by billions each year.
China's Habit Of Stealing Our Intellectual Property Costs Us Billions2:27
March 29, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

China's Habit Of Stealing Our Intellectual Property Costs Us Billions

Its strategy? "Made in China 2025."
Skip The Self-help — Research Says Your Personality Is Mostly Genetic3:18
March 28, 2018
By Phil Pruitt, Chance Seales

Skip The Self-help — Research Says Your Personality Is Mostly Genetic

Maybe we're born with it.