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How Do We Hear Each Other Out? Sit Down and Have a Beer

The makers of Heineken beer recently released a four-plus-minute-long advertisement posing as a social experiment. In it, actors pretend to be people with wildly polarizing opinions on the topics of feminism, climate change and transgenderism. The directors of the commercial intentionally left race out of the commercial, perhaps believing that subject is too touchy to…

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The EPA is Evaluating Asbestos: Make Your Voice Heard for Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Asbestos, a notorious carcinogen, is responsible for over 107,000 deaths across the world every single year, and 15,000 of those are Americans. Formed by a combined group of minerals that occur naturally in soils and rocks, asbestos is predominantly silicon and oxygen, and these fibers can be incredibly useful since they are strong, heat-resistant and…

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How the Two-Party System Harms Democracy

If you were born after 1972, you’ve never seen a third-party presidential candidate receive a single electoral vote. Even in 2016’s “lesser of two evils” contest, third-party candidates combined to earn roughly five percent of the vote, the same number Ross Perot achieved on his own in 1992. Our system is becoming increasingly stratified. Presidential…

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Labor Day Reflections: What Your Picnic Is Really Celebrating

Americans are a proud people, and as such, we are also known for misinterpreting the often dark reasons behind why we celebrate our holidays. Many holidays are actually rooted in victories over very undesirable circumstances, but we don’t necessarily realize that when we’re picnicking or drinking margs. As another commonly misunderstood holiday approaches, I thought…