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How To Avoid Another Crisis Like Flint

Why in the richest country in the world were there still lead pipes delivering water to kids despite decades-old legislation against lead in water, air, and more starting in 1970? We cannot allow this to happen again.

Why Michigan Voters Are Hungry for Change

Things are a bit better in Michigan than they were in 2008, but there’s still little hope that they will get good enough, fast enough for most of its people. That’s why the voters of Michigan are hungry for change.

A Hidden Cost to Giving Kids Their Vegetables

Some commentators contend that healthy diets are too expensive. Others argue that wholesome options are affordable and that junk foods that seem cheap are hardly a good deal. But both camps overlook what most parents know well: Children are picky.

How Inequality Leads to Obesity

One new study links poverty, inequality, and overeating, while a second finds childhood deprivation impacts the eating habits of young adults.

Searching for the Origins of the Racial Wage Disparity In Jim Crow America

The explicit sanctioning of segregation by Jim Crow meant that black public schools lacked of resources and public funding—shortcomings that limited the skill sets and education levels of young, black men during this period, which in turn limited their job opportunities. What is the impact today?

The Super Bowl and a Broken San Francisco

The championship game descends on a city failing to deal with questions of affordability and inclusion.

Why the Wage Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematic

Labor has become more efficient and profitable, but employees aren’t sharing in the benefits.

It’s not just Flint: Poor communities across the country live with ‘extreme’ polluters

As national attention focuses on Flint, Mich. — where lead-contaminated water flowed for over a year to a relatively poor, minority community — new research suggests that across the U.S., communities like these are more likely to be exposed to some of the most intense pollution.

A short comic gives the simplest, most perfect explanation of privilege I’ve ever seen.

Illustrator Toby Morris did some thinking about the concept of inequality and privilege, and he found one major problem. He felt it was important to “talk about this heavy stuff in a really simple and clear way.”