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Brooklyn’s New Food Hub Sells from Black- and Brown-Owned Farms

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“This is a hyperlocal model that supports the people who live in the area.”

Liberia’s Beekeepers Harness the Power of Simplicity

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“Once you have the skills to build one beehive, you can make 100.”

The Year in Cheer

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192 ways the world got better in 2021

We’re Almost There! Help Us Reach Our Fundraising Goal

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We don’t have ads or paywalls — we only have you. Will you support us?

Our 5 Most Popular Stories of 2021

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From shorter work weeks to repairable computers, here’s what you loved to read about this year.

Should We Protect Children or Privacy?

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Technology exists to scan people’s devices for evidence of child abuse. Should we use it?

Every Battery Is a Treasure Box

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A tsunami of spent EV batteries is coming, and the effort to recover the valuable materials inside them is already underway.

Ask Me Anything! Our New Contributing Editor Peter Yeung

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What makes Paris special? Any tips for learning French? You asked, Peter answered.

Ask Me Anything! Our New Contributing Editor Michaela Haas

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From the farmlands of rural Bavaria to the beaches of Southern California, our new colleague’s life has been a fantastic journey.

Ask Me Anything! Our New Contributing Editor Tolu Olasoji

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How has the pandemic changed your life? What’s an average day like in Lagos? What is your favorite Beyoncé song? You asked, Tolu answered.

A Centuries Old Idea That’s Making Cities More Affordable Today

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Before being zoned out of existence, boarding houses gave less privileged city dwellers a place to live. Some places are bringing them back.

An Indigenous Modeling Agency Puts Representation in Focus

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“Culture, community and land-based wisdom” form the pillars of a new modeling agency that’s elevating representation above profit.

The Year in Cheer

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112 bits of good news that kept us sane in 2020.

Pictures of Our Strange New World

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Life looks a little different these days.

Empathy Is a Muscle You Build

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A system for turning “they” into “we.”

Building a Kinder, Gentler, Smarter Social Media User

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How a platform that rewards informed opinion and civil debate is changing our behavior.

The Nature of Polarization Is Changing

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Stanford researcher Jan Gerrit Voelkel explains why a more passion-fueled form of partisanship is on the rise – and how it’s reshaping politics.

Check Out Our New Project!

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For the next six weeks, Reasons to be Cheerful is doing something a little bit different.

I Am One of Our Stories

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If we can hold up a mirror to ourselves and change, that’s a reason to be cheerful.

The Evolution of Trans Health Care

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“Trans-competent” health care services — often staffed with trans doctors and nurses — are enhancing a medical system that has been slow to change its ways.

How to Keep Going

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Embracing uncertainty may be the survival tactic that gets us through this.

Wine Country’s Farmworkers Are Staying Healthy Against All Odds

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Populated by seasonal laborers, Oregon’s Willamette Valley could have been devastated by the coronavirus. Instead, it’s become a model for how to keep workers safe.

The Work Is Working

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The wins we rack up are meaningful beyond the policies they change — they are bursts of propellant that move a long and grueling struggle onward.

How the Media Can Fix Its Protest Coverage

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Step one: Cover anti-racism rallies more like women’s marches.

Now Anything Is Possible

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In a new series, we explore how the Covid-19 pandemic is making changes once dismissed as pipe dreams happen seemingly overnight.

The World Is Changing — So Can We

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The pandemic is revealing the many ways our lives intersect. Is this an opportunity for us to reimagine what we can be?

The Media Can Help Beat the Coronavirus

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If the press can learn from the mistakes it made during the Ebola outbreak, it could become one of our best assets in fighting the current pandemic.

We Are Not Doomed

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Seeing painful events as signs that we’ve lost our way misses the point. The truth is, we are less lost now than when we were comfortable.

The Fixer: Fighting Pollution Like a Mother

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In this week’s news briefing: moms get mad, journos shack up and cash for cops finds a new home.

The Decade in Cheer

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Homicides fell, green space grew and your weather forecast got a lot more precise. The last 10 years were filled with positive change—really! Read our list…

The Fixer: Water under the Bridge

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In this week’s news briefing: the need to hydrate brings peace between rivals in Darfur, and renewable energy gets some unlikely proponents.

The Fixer: Welcoming in the Formerly Incarcerated

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In this week’s news briefing: housing former prison inmates in people’s homes, building bird-friendly skyscrapers and solving an equestrian community’s poop problem.

RTBC holiday cards: DIY!

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From us to you, to yours. Give your loved ones a reason to be cheerful this holiday season.

The Fixer: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Buy ‘Em

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In this week’s news briefing: buying up housing to keep it affordable, crunching the data on opioids and stopping storm surges with sand.

The Fixer: CPR Training With Curves

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In this week’s news briefing: CPR dummies finally get breasts, lettuce becomes natural gas and an ancient air conditioner cools New Delhi.

The Fixer: Turning Farm Workers into Farm Owners

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In this week’s news briefing: incubating a new generation of agri-preneurs, soaking up stormwater and canceling carbon.

The Fixer: Darkening the Sky to Reveal the Heavens

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In this week’s news briefing: bridges help disadvantaged university students get ahead, Holland brings back the night sky and an end to scooter segregation.

The Fixer: A Japanese City’s Brazilian Lifeline

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In this week’s news briefing: Brazilians put down roots in Japan, Jamaican gardeners cultivate coral and medical care arrives on the islands of Bangladesh.

The Fixer: An Insurance Giant Embraces ‘Housing First’

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In this week’s news briefing: ending homelessness for profit, coffee saves the rainforest and rural America takes on climate change.

The Fixer: A Power Plant You Can Ski

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In this week’s news briefing: healing Israel’s overcrowded hospitals, healthier snacks for condors and a ski slope that converts waste into energy.

The Fixer: Guiding India’s Wanderers

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In this week’s news briefing: helping India’s “wandering” people find their way home, a broader lens on bikeability and a plan to keep teachers from walking away.

The Fixer: Picasso Over Prosecution

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In this week’s news briefing: a choice between art class and prison, engineers without bathroom borders and license and voter registration, please.

The Fixer: A Cool, Refreshing Glass of Fog

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In this week’s news briefing: Pulling drinking water from the mist, post-prison seniors and hyper-humane malaria eradication.

The Fixer: Who’s Afraid of Collectivism?

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In this first edition of RTBC’s weekly news briefing, stories of street redesign in Amsterdam, solar systems in California and cooperative farming in China.

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