Can Cannabis And Christ Coexist? These Devout Southern Christians Think So

The Deep South is the nation’s most religious region and the least open to legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use. To those who say marijuana is a sin, though, devout Christians are using the Bible to argue that it’s God’s “perfect medicine.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: May 15, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,826 words)

There’s So Much to Learn From the Montana Special Election

There are few independent voters more independent than the Montana voter. The enormous, rural state swings neither wholly Republican or Democrat, which allows for checks and balances to the system: “Montanans don’t like big government,” writes Anne Helen Petersen, who criss-crossed the state in the weeks before the upcoming special election, “but they also have very little tolerance for getting screwed over. One way to prevent that is by preventing any one political party from obtaining too much power.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: May 14, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,500 words)

How The Whitest Singer Of The ’70s Became An Icon In The Philippines

Karen Tongson — named after the ’70s soft rock music icon Karen Carpenter — immigrated to the United States from the Philippines soon after Karen Carpenter died in 1983, at age 32. As she returns to the country of her birth, Karen examines what fuels the Carpenters’ huge continuing popularity in her home country and how their music has had affected her life.

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Published: May 9, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,606 words)

The Fourteen Who Forgot

After overdosing, some opioid addicts are losing their memory and nobody really knows why. All doctors know is that each patient’s hippocampus — the area of the brain responsible for memory — becomes severely damaged. Are the opioids laced with an unknown toxin that targets the hippocampus? Does reduced respiration caused by opioid overdose damage the hippocampus?

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 15, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,381 words)

Meet The Teen Sexual Assault Survivors Who Took On Their School District And Won

“High schoolers are ready for these conversations. Students experience violence whether we acknowledge it or not.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 13, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,949 words)

Poor, Gifted, and Black

In South Africa, students of color still struggle with the long-lasting effects of apartheid, because education, like society, is still run by and for the white minority.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 30, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,909 words)

A Brief History Of Driving While Black

One man takes us through just a few examples of what it’s like to live in a racist police state.

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Published: Mar 20, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,891 words)

I’m Trans, Disabled, And Tired Of Fighting To Get Into Bathrooms

Christian McMahon remembers growing up transgender and disabled and implores us to remember that acknowledging someone’s humanity is a lot more than simply allowing them to use the washroom they prefer. Acknowledging his unearned privilege as “a small white man with a disability,” he reminds us that everyone deserves the basic human “right to exist safely in public spaces.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 9, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,441 words)

What It Was Like To Love Oliver Sacks

A moving excerpt of Insomniac City: New York, Oliver and Me, author Bill Hayes’s new memoir of his intimate relationship with late neuroscientist and author Oliver Sacks.

Author: Bill Hayes
Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb 14, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,742 words)

The Strange Case Of The Russian Diplomat Who Got His Head Smashed In On Election Day

Sergei Krivov fell from the roof of New York City’s Russian Consulate building and died on its floor, but the consulate said he had a heart attack. Although a Manhattan resident, his name appears in no public records. His listed home address is an office building. The NYPD won’t release the incident report. So what really happened?

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb 15, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,311 words)