Can Uganda block Ebola’s spread from neighboring Congo?

Can Uganda block Ebola’s spread from neighboring Congo?

Eastern parts of Democratic Republic of Congo are suffering from the second-worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history, with more than 500 dead so far. Neighboring Uganda is watching with concern as the crisis unfolds.
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Can ‘Cultural Proficiency’ Among Teachers Help Close Student Achievement Gap?

Can ‘Cultural Proficiency’ Among Teachers Help Close Student Achievement Gap?

Racial disparity in academic achievement remains a leading problem in American education, both at the K-12 and the college levels. A number of studies show greater diversity in the teaching profession can address some of those concerns.
Kevin Young Intertwines Personal And Public History

Kevin Young Intertwines Personal And Public History

As a writer, editor and archivist, Kevin Young is a poet actively engaged with the world. In his new collection, Brown, Young draws heavily on his boyhood in Topeka, Kansas, tying it in large and small ways to the wider world. Jeffrey Brown reports.
A Poet'S Take On Looking To Language For Radical Hope

A Poet'S Take On Looking To Language For Radical Hope

In this digital and divided society, it can often seem that language is used primarily to deliver criticism and express rage. But poet Ada Limón shares her humble opinion on why she sees people turning to poetry for language that reflects nuance.
Poet Franny Choi On The Value Of Imagining Alternate Realities

Poet Franny Choi On The Value Of Imagining Alternate Realities

What’s the value of asking questions to which we don’t know the answer? Poet Franny Choi’s “Introduction to Quantum Theory” does just that, and she calls it “one of the scariest things” she’s ever written.
How A Volunteer Surgical Team In Rwanda Chooses Which Patients To Save

How A Volunteer Surgical Team In Rwanda Chooses Which Patients To Save

Rheumatic heart disease develops when strep throat goes untreated. It causes an estimated 275,000 premature deaths per year, mostly youth in developing countries like Rwanda, where antibiotics are rarely available.
A Poet Who Holds The Men Behind The Music Accountable

A Poet Who Holds The Men Behind The Music Accountable

Inspired by the people who have come forward as part of the #MeToo movement, Imani Davis shares her poem “Platinum” and gives her Brief but Spectacular take on how society can overlook wrongdoing by famous artists.
How Wyoming Manages To Keep Its Rural Schools Open

How Wyoming Manages To Keep Its Rural Schools Open

The one-room schoolhouse may seem like a distant memory from U.S. history, but about 200 of them still exist today, including Wyoming’s tiny Valley Elementary School. It has only six students.
Navigating Seattle's Ever-Evolving Streets Through Poetry

Navigating Seattle's Ever-Evolving Streets Through Poetry

How do you capture Seattle’s complications, quirks and ever-changing population? A new digital project is mapping out the evolving city by collecting poems that tell unique stories.
Why This Poet Says There Is No Single Story Spun On A Single Tongue

Why This Poet Says There Is No Single Story Spun On A Single Tongue

Erica Dawson, a professor and writer, said she was surprised while on book tour recently to be faced with the same question over and over again, about speaking for “the black experience.” Black poets never went away.
Melinda Gates On Her Foundation’S Work And The Need To ‘Lift Up Women’ Worldwide

Melinda Gates On Her Foundation’S Work And The Need To ‘Lift Up Women’ Worldwide

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the world's largest private philanthropic organization, with an endowment of $50 billion. Melinda Gates plays a huge role in shaping its work, and her new book.
Many College Students Struggle To Pass Remedial Math. Do They Need To?

Many College Students Struggle To Pass Remedial Math. Do They Need To?

Colleges created remedial education classes to ensure students were sufficiently prepared for more advanced material. But increasingly, there’s a sense that remedial courses are hurting the prospects of the students they are intended to help.
Poet Willie Perdomo On The Value Of Writing Letters In A Digital World

Poet Willie Perdomo On The Value Of Writing Letters In A Digital World

Texting and emailing have revolutionized the way we communicate, enabling us to be more efficient and stay in touch more easily. But they have also altered the dynamics of some of our most important relationships.
David Brooks On Emerging From Loneliness To Find ‘Moral Renewal’

David Brooks On Emerging From Loneliness To Find ‘Moral Renewal’

In his new book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, New York Times columnist and NewsHour regular David Brooks explores the current American cultural moment, in which he argues we have become self-centered.
Native American Imagery Is Everywhere But Understanding Lags Behind

Native American Imagery Is Everywhere But Understanding Lags Behind

Native imagery is embedded in the national subconscious, whether we're paying attention or not. A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian is titled simply Americans.
Running For Their Lives Was The Only Option For These Migrants

Running For Their Lives Was The Only Option For These Migrants

For many of the immigrant families now separated in the U.S. by Trump administration policy, their stories began with terror and persecution in their home countries.
In The Uk, Brexit Supporters Feel Their Will Is Being Thwarted

In The Uk, Brexit Supporters Feel Their Will Is Being Thwarted

Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking an extension for the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, after failing three times to get Parliament to agree to her proposal.
Why The Florida Keys Still Need Support, A Year And A Half After Hurricane Irma

Why The Florida Keys Still Need Support, A Year And A Half After Hurricane Irma

In March, FEMA ended its temporary housing program for people affected by Hurricane Irma, which slammed the Florida Keys in September 2017.
After The Fall Of Isis Caliphate, Its Capital Remains A City Of The Dead

After The Fall Of Isis Caliphate, Its Capital Remains A City Of The Dead

Although the Islamic State’s physical territory has dissolved, immense destruction from the brutal battle to eradicate the militant group remains.
The Critical Role Of "Guarded" Chief Justice John Roberts

The Critical Role Of "Guarded" Chief Justice John Roberts

With the country feeling deeply polarized and a Supreme Court that has moved to the right under President Trump, the role of Chief Justice John Roberts is attracting increased interest and scrutiny.
Biographer Robert Caro On Why It’s Taking Decades To Fully Capture LBJ

Biographer Robert Caro On Why It’s Taking Decades To Fully Capture LBJ

Robert Caro is one of the nation’s preeminent biographers, known for meticulous research and taking his time with a subject.
Novelist Valeria Luiselli on writing to document ‘political violence’

Novelist Valeria Luiselli on writing to document ‘political violence’

The U.S. is reportedly experiencing illegal immigration at the highest rates since 2007, with significant increases in the number of unaccompanied minors.
How surge in family border crossings is complicating enforcement

How surge in family border crossings is complicating enforcement

In the Yuma sector of the southwestern Arizona border, Border Patrol officials are observing dramatic shifts in the migrant populations they apprehend. In the past, a majority of migrants caught crossing illegally were single men.
Author Marlon James on never outgrowing the magical

Author Marlon James on never outgrowing the magical

Marlon James is best known for writing literary fiction, including “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” which won the prestigious Man Booker Prize. But his latest book, “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” draws on a lifelong love of comics and fantasy. Jam
The dangers of our ‘new data economy,’ and how to avoid them

The dangers of our ‘new data economy,’ and how to avoid them

Roger McNamee was an early investor in Facebook and still holds a stake in the social media giant--but he’s also become a vocal critic of its practices, especially around how it handles user data.