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Marty West

21 October 2020

United States

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Nationally, civic courses lack rigor, partly because few states require coursework in civics. A new video game called “Portrait of a Tyrant,” based on the Declaration of Independence, could change that. “Let’s gamify ...

Block Club Chicago

Pascal Sabino

22 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago students organized and, for the first time, convinced the city to rename a park in honor of Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass. The former Douglas Park was named after a Civil War era Illinois senator who advo...

The Boston Globe

Deanna Pan

21 September 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Teachers across Massachusetts are finding ways to incorporate antiracist practices into their curriculum. An English teacher at Newton High School is replacing required reading materials produced by white male authors...

NPR

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Emily Alfin Johnson

11 September 2020

United States

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Students taking AP U.S. History at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, may have been limited in their ability to attend in-person classes, but their teacher decided to supplement their lessons by taking on a 15-day...

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Fran Kritz

2 September 2020

Warsaw, Poland

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In the 1940s, typhus spread throughout the community living within the Warsaw ghetto, but cases dramatically decreased in the winter of 1941. While some researchers remain unsure why, others point towards a change in ...

The New Yorker

Elif Batuman

1 September 2020

United States

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Theater of War Productions performs Greek tragedies, using the themes to encourage dialogue and healing from modern community traumas. Beginning with military audiences, participants were asked to discuss the themes i...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jason Nark

31 August 2020

United States

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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a New Deal program to build outdoor recreation facilities, creating thousands of jobs during the Great Depression and building iconic state parks. Delaware programs, like the ...

The Correspondent

Rutger Bregman

31 July 2020

Norway

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Comparing Norway's and the United States' approaches to prisons and policing puts the lie to the American notion that being tough and unrelentingly punitive effectively addresses crime. In Norway, even people imprison...

Christian Science Monitor

Eva Botkin-Kowacki

24 July 2020

Poland

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In 1941 it was predicted that the Warsaw Ghetto would be overwhelmed with typhus cases due to the overcrowding of inmates, but instead this "oppressed community" established a series of health measures that largely ke...

The Conversation

Laura A. Weinstein

Donald Beaudette

26 June 2020

Ireland

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With lessons for American police-reform advocates, the transformation of the Royal Ulster Constabulary – a militarized enforcer of inequality hated by the people of Northern Ireland – into an entirely new organization...

The New York Times

Katrin Bennhold

Melissa Eddy

23 June 2020

Germany

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To prevent its police forces from ever again being turned into militarized and politicized tools of an authoritarian state, Germany requires all police trainees to visit former Nazi concentration camps and learn in de...

Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

5 May 2020

Johannesburg, Central African Republic

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To contain the coronavirus and reopen the economy, state governments throughout the United States are implementing public health lessons that were learned in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. Although the two out...

The Guardian

Trang Bui

1 May 2020

Vietnam

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Although Vietnam had a limited ability to treat coronavirus patients due to lack of treatment infrastructures, the country has been able to keep their case count low by implementing aggressive testing, contact tracing...

Los Angeles Times

Rosanna Xia

29 April 2020

Paris, France

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Researchers and public health experts across the world are turning to "wastewater-based-epidemiology" as a practice that could help trace and track the spread of COVID-19. This methodology has already proved successfu...

Al Jazeera

Nicolas Haque

28 April 2020

Dakar, Senegal

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Senegal has largely been able to keep the coronavirus outbreak at manageable levels thanks to early detection strategies and the reliance on local research. Crediting lessons learned from past communicable disease out...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

23 April 2020

Boulder County, Colorado, United States

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A mutual aid group in Boulder Country has directed their efforts towards making sure people are accounted for and that they have the goods they need during the coronavirus pandemic. Although the effort is just one of ...

Los Angeles Times

James Rainey

Rong-Gong Lin II

19 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Two of California’s major cities – Los Angeles and San Francisco – are learning from their history with the Spanish Influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two cities had different approaches, with San Francisco s...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Frank Fitzpatrick

18 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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From 1802 until 1895, Philadelphia ran a quarantine center that required all in-bound ships to stop and all on-board to be quarantined until cleared of any possible infectious diseases. Although the center is no longe...

The GroundTruth Project

Megan Botel

Isaiah Murtaugh

15 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The quarantines and shelter-in-place orders that many cities in the United States are enacting today to combat the coronavirus pandemic can be compared to similar tactics taken in 1918 to stop the spread of influenza ...

Boston Review

Paul Katz

Leandro Ferreira

9 April 2020

Maricá, Brazil

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The local government in Maricá, a small municipality in Brazil, is being said to have initiated "the most ambitious city-level response to COVID-19 in Brazil, and one of the most notable in the world." Even before the...

PBS NewsHour

Nick Schifrin

1 April 2020

Taiwan

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5-15 Minutes

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Taiwan was expected to be inundated with COVID-19 cases, but that never happened at least in part due to the swift and aggressive actions enacted by the government. Integral to the approach was enhanced transparency f...

National Geographic

Nina Strochlic

27 March 2020

United States

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What can the 1918 Spanish Flu teach us about how we can effectively respond to the 2020 coronavirus? Researchers are comparing the death rates during the Spanish Flu in different U.S. cities to see which governments' ...

Newsy

Zach Toombs

18 March 2020

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Documentary

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Enacting social distancing and mass closures of schools, businesses, and other industries during the times of virus outbreaks has been shown to slow the waves of infection, as first witnessed during the era of the Spa...

WBUR

Robin Young

16 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Epidemics aren't new in the United States, and past outbreaks can provide lessons for the current coronavirus pandemic. Specifically looking at the polio epidemic that paralyzed parts of the country, studies of indivi...

Quartz

Michael J. Coren

11 March 2020

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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As coronavirus continues to spread around the world, social distancing is being implemented due to its proven success with helping to drastically slow the spread of the Spanish flu in St. Louis Missouri. In a comparis...

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