Planned burns can reduce wildfire risks, but expanding use of ‘good fire’ isn’t easy

A U.S. Forest Service employee using a drop torch during a planned burn in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest. USFS/Ian Horvath, CC BY-SA As spring settles in across the United States, western states are already preparing for summer and wildfire season. And although it may seem counter-intuitive, some of the most urgent conversations are about getting […]

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Notre Dame has shaped the intellectual life of Paris for eight centuries

Professional mountain climbers installing synthetic, waterproof tarps over the gutted, exposed exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral. AP Photo/Thibault Camus The burning wreckage of the 12th-century Notre-Dame de Paris led to an immediate outpouring of grief over the damage to its irreplaceable architecture and works of art. But as a scholar of medieval religious history, I […]

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Central American women fleeing violence experience more trauma after seeking asylum

Many of these female asylum-seekers have already been abused before they cross the border. AP Photo/Gregory Bull The number of Central American women who make difficult, often harrowing, journeys to the United States to flee domestic and gang violence is rising. I’m a social science researcher and a social worker who has interviewed hundreds of […]

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How your employer uses perks like wellness programs, phones and free food to control your life

Free office food isn’t there just to fill your belly fizkes/Shutterstock.com Companies offer all sorts of benefits and extras to attract the most favored workers, from health care and stock options to free food. But all those perks come at a price: your freedom. There’s a reason labor historians call these perks “welfare capitalism,” a […]

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