Earthships, Mormons, Doomsdayers and Weed
Scenes from our Paris-based correspondent’s epic three-month road trip across these “dizzyingly paradoxical” United States.
The Delicate Art of Greening a Museum
Cavernous and strictly climate controlled, museums are notoriously wasteful — but a few are leading a sustainability renaissance.
Beneath This Sea, a Sculpture Garden Is Saving an Ecosystem
The Mediterranean is the world’s most overfished sea — and a proving ground for how art can elevate conservation.
When’s the Long Weekend? Whenever You Want
Recognizing that many public holidays are pegged to Western and Christian traditions, companies are taking a more inclusive approach to days off.
Everyone Owns Boston’s New Jazz Cafe
A new local music venue proves that when communities invest in themselves they don’t need to settle for Walgreens and Applebees.
Sun, Sex and Second-Hand Clothes
With a cast clad in eBay hand-me-downs, Love Island UK is encouraging viewers to embrace sustainable glamor. Welcome to socially conscious trash TV.
You’ve Got Mail from Timbuktu
Anyone can receive a postcard from this city rumored to be at the edge of the earth — and support a post-tourism economy in the process.
Soap Operas That Teach but Don’t Preach
Advocates are inserting storylines into TV and radio shows to promote behaviors that could lead to social change. Just don’t call it infotainment.
Home Is Where the Art Is
In Düsseldorf, revenues from sales of works by famous artists are used to buy apartments for those who need them most.
Water-Guzzling Yards Are Getting a Celebrity Makeover
A new reality series is using the HGTV method to tackle Florida’s water supply issues.
And Now, a Little Inspiration
From the archives of We Are Not Divided, three stories that look at our ability to bridge our divides — and find reason for optimism.
Meet the ‘Cultural Mediators’ Who Help Refugees in Germany
For thousands of refugees, integrating in Germany is made easier by a local mentor.
The Tantalizing Dream of a “Regional” Olympics
The Games have become an unwieldy, budget-busting affair. Allowing multiple cities — or even countries — to co-host could fix that.
You Can Change Your Mind About Virtually Anything
From the archives of We Are Not Divided, we revisit three stories that explore our surprising — and encouraging — openness to others’ points of view.
Where the “Right to Rest” is Guaranteed
In Portugal, the human need to log off and relax is now protected by law.
A Monthly Ritual of Selflessness Has Transformed Rwanda
On the last Saturday of each month, everyone stops what they’re doing and works together to improve their communities. It’s called Umuganda.
The Library Where the ‘Books’ Are Human Beings
With branches in 80 countries, the Human Library allows you to borrow a person — a rugby player, a refugee, a sex worker — and ask them anything you want.
Nigeria’s Women-Only Parties Offer Safe Spaces With Style
In a country where sexual harassment is common, gatherings where women can cut loose without fear are a welcome respite.
Would You Compost Your Body to Create Life after Death?
Three U.S. states have legalized “natural organic reduction,” in which the dead are returned to the earth to help nourish its growth.
Surfing Beyond Life’s Scars in Liberia
How does a young generation wracked by civil war and ebola move forward? In one African surfing town, atop the perfect wave.
South African Women Are Reclaiming Their Voices in the Media
With elections approaching, the stakes are high. One organization is making sure journalists listen to women.
The Gay ‘Green Book’ Is Going Online
A digitization project will ensure that a series of 20th century guides for LGBTQ travelers aren’t lost to history.
“Community Sponsorship” Is Diversifying the Refugee Resettlement Process
Involving local groups means newly arrived refugees can be greeted by someone whose culture they recognize as their own.
A Patriotic Pause
Cities across Canada are canceling Canada Day celebrations to contemplate the country’s darkest chapter. Is this the dawn of more nuanced national holidays?
Crossing the Threshold
Rites of passage prepare us to transition into new phases of life. Ritual4Return ensures leaving prison is no exception.
Stand Up! It’s Time to Celebrate Black Music
“Many of the people who were abolitionists pointed to the profound music we had created here as a sign of humanity and one of the reasons they argued that we were not to remain enslaved.”
The ‘Cosmetics Shop’ Using Code to Help People Escape Their Abusers
“When a woman places an ‘order’ and gives us her address, that’s the signal for us to send the police.”
The Group Turning Religious Leaders into LGBTQ Rights Crusaders
Rather than fighting anti-gay faith leaders, a group in Kenya spends years cultivating relationships with them — and converts them into allies.
The NFL Logo Embraced by the Indigenous People Who Inspired It
In a sports world fraught with controversial mascots, the Seattle Seahawks logo isn’t just accepted — it’s beloved.
In France, Accents Are Now Protected by Law
A groundbreaking new rule aims to let people speak freely and without fear of discrimination.
The Purposeful Beauty of India’s ‘Saree Libraries’
Inside the lending system for elegant attire that helps low-income women build social capital.
To Save Cherokee Language, This Program Pays People to Learn It
With only 2,000 fluent speakers left, the tribe wants those who love the culture to help preserve it.
In a Mafia Stronghold, This Cooking School Is Stirring the Pot
Arturo Pratticò saw young people working for the mob. What if he could make them chefs instead?
Sexual Harassment Has Virtually Vanished from These Farms
Thanks to an amazingly effective program, many farmworkers no longer need to deal with this type of exploitation.
Colorado’s New Family Leave Law Could Transform Fatherhood
Iceland passed a similar law 20 years ago, and turned parents into more equal partners.
The Idea That Still Unites Us
A rowdy, opinionated nation of 330 million requires a special kind of bond.
Their Love Knows No Borders – Not Even a Closed One
Along a ditch that separates the U.S. from Canada, a very 2020 romance is taking root.
You Don’t Have to Hate the Other Side
The ability to fight with love instead of rage is what makes us human.
The Complicated World of Staten Island
What the New York borough that voted for Trump taught me about the messy business of bridging divides.
Artistic Wizardry That Illuminates Our Bonds
A child of Mexico City’s nightclubs is putting a spotlight on what connects us.
United by Activism, Separated by Decades
In our final “Bridging Divides” video, a young BLM activist and a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement connect across a lifetime of struggle.
What Canada Can Teach America about Racial Reconciliation
Both countries have a shameful history of oppression. One of them is facing up to it.
Why Millennials Are Moving Into Convents With Nuns
Even as young people eschew religion, some are forming unexpected bonds with sisters of faith through a shared commitment to social justice.
Is This the Unlikeliest Friendship in America?
She’s a gay rights activist. He’s an evangelical Christian. In our new video series, they explain why “impossible” friendships can be our most valuable.
LGBTQ+ and Religious People, Face to Face
In this moving video, two groups that have long struggled to connect finally let their guards down.
A Public Apology Seven Decades in the Making
How two Canadians, united by an act of oppression, are transforming reconciliation into art.
Tackling Covid-Era Racism Across the U.S.-Canada Border
An American and a Canadian artist explore what it means to be Black in a pandemic.
I Loathe Your Politics – So Let’s Be Friends
In an era of ideological rancor, a few brave souls are going out of their way to befriend their political opposites.
The Performance that Eased a Tribal Conflict
When Congolese refugees moved to New York, they brought their old rivalries with them. Then they put their strife on stage.
My Surprisingly Friendly Post-Prison Life
Yes, I encountered stigma, but also empathy and understanding – in part, because so many Americans know someone who’s been locked up.
We’re Closer Than We Realize
The notion that our common bonds are wearing away obscures a simple truth: difference and division are not the same thing.
Making Art Is Keeping Us Sane
Neuroscientists have determined that creation can keep you from going Covid crazy, so we asked you to send us the art you’ve made under lockdown. It’s amazing.
Growing a Generation of Young Authors
Not yet old enough to vote, a new vanguard of teen writers is nonetheless fixing the publishing industry’s representation problem.
The Pandemic Will Be Livestreamed
The coronavirus is creating an explosion of quarantined online performance that is unscripted, unshowered and surprisingly uplifting.
This Is What Classical Music Looks Like
Meet the new generation of talent transforming music’s whitest genre.
An American Revolution at Sing Sing
A theatrical re-imagining of American independence, right where it’s needed most.
Prisons with art programs release people back into the world who are more stable, and far less likely to return. Why don’t the programs exist everywhere?
New moms in difficult situations sometimes find it tough to connect with their babies. Carnegie Hall is helping change that with one of the simplest, most innate tools in the mothering toolbox: lullabies.
The Center is Everywhere: Indonesia!
A collectivist spirit permeates this island nation’s art scene, where artists supporting artists has helped the creative ecology thrive.
Nonstop Art in Lagos
This bustling Nigerian city is bursting at the seams with art fairs, biennials and galleries. Now, some of the artists who left to find work elsewhere are returning home.
India’s Amazing Art Hub
Not long ago I ended up at a biennial in Kochi, a little Indian city with a thriving art scene. Could this be a place where artists can make a living?
How to Build a Creative Ecology
It may be more art than science, but there appear to be a few basic conditions that can help give rise to places where artists can make a living.
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