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The End of Policing

After the police killing of George Floyd, some say it’s not enough to make reforms and are calling for the elimination of police altogether.

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Presenting: Overcoming Extremism

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Hard News

Local news and investigative journalism are vital to our democracy. But are they in trouble? Guests weigh in on the future of the newspaper.

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Finding Classroom Success

From racial disparity and poverty to shyness, students face a lot of obstacles heading into college. But some professors are finding new ways to support them and forge a path to success.

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Gun Sense

A Virginia professor becomes a gun control advocate after a shooting at her school.

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Social Mobility Through College

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Redlining and Reparations

The homeownership gap between whites and African Americans has exploded since the housing bust. It’s now wider than it was during the Jim Crow era.

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Disability Justice

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Gerry-rigged

Politicians from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan have called gerrymandering a “cancer on our democracy.” It’s not a new issue, but everything from the way we draw lines to what’s considered legal has changed a lot in recent years.

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Giving Birth While Black

Black women are three and a half times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. Even highly educated, wealthy black women are at a greater risk of complications than white women.

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Why We Believe What We Believe

Why do people believe weird things? We delve into the psychology behind ghost encounters, anti-vaccine hoaxes, conspiracy theories, and more.