The First Domesticated Dogs

By Brian Fagan

Tame canids appear throughout human history—but we still have only a vague idea of when the first domesticated dogs became distinct from wolves.

Educational Benefits of a School Garden

By Jane S. Hirschi

What taking the classroom outdoors and into a school garden can do for students.

Everyone on the Raft is Imperiled: A Call for Cooperative Adaptation

By Richard Heinberg

Much of the success of mankind is the direct result of unsustainable resource extraction. How and when we deal with impending scarcity will likely determine our ‘fitness’ as a species.

Deportation Court: The Real Effects of Operation Streamline

By Margaret Regan

Under Operation Streamline, harsher penalties for repeated attempts to cross the US-Mexico border yield little when it comes to actually deterring migrants, while ushering in troubling trends in the way such cases are adjudicated.


The Cost of Being Tough on Crime

By Hadar Aviram

The "tough on crime" philosophy is expensive, and the recent financial crisis is driving a new discourse of cost, frugality and prudence in incarceration policies.

Self-Segregation on College Campuses

By Rupert W. Nacoste

College students from different backgrounds tend to self-segregate into separate racial environments. One professor attempts to help his students examine and cross this type of interpersonal behavior.

What America's Most Walkable Suburb Can Teach Towns Everywhere

By Jay Walljasper

Arlington, Virginia shows how feet on the street helps a community thrive.

Walking Across America: The Forgotten Feats of Edward Payson Weston

By Jim Reisler

Edward Payson Weston, professional pedestrian and celebrity in his time, left Manhattan on his seventieth birthday to walk across America.