Odd Couples: MLK + Billy Graham

“Well I don’t know what will happen now, we’ve got some difficult days ahead…” -- The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He would be assassinated the next day. Note: This piece was originally created by The Village Square and published on respectandrebellion.com . At a time when we...
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Trying to Navigate a Polarized World? This Ancient Philosophy Can Help

Blocks from a Hard Rock Cafe and nestled between graffitied buildings, the ruins of the Stoa Poikile sit, crumbling and nearly overtaken by greenery. Millennia before American brands dotted the streets of Athens, these ruins had served as the lecture hall for Zeno of Citium , the founder...
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When Joe Biden Stops Talking

For most of his career in Washington, Joe Biden was known as… voluble. In other words, he talked a lot. A LOT. During his years in the Senate, he was renowned for his long-windedness, and during his time as Vice President frequently veered from the Obama Administration’s prescribed...
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Story of the Week: New COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Continue to Fall in US

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wind down in the United States as vaccination rates rise and communities ease their public health restrictions. The seven-day average numbers of new cases and hospitalizations in the U.S. are all at their lowest point since the beginning of the pandemic...
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Trust & the Election: Left, Right & Center | Wilfred Reilly, Shouvik Banerjee & Chris Paul with John Wood, Jr.

America is more than half a year removed from the 2020 election. Most Trump voters still suspect voter fraud determined the outcome. The vast majority of Biden voters think such ideas are off the wall. Many Americans, meanwhile, believe that media bias and the practices of Big Tech are...
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Facts, Myths and Rumors: Bill Gates and Jeffrey Epstein

Amid news of Bill and Melinda Gates getting a divorce , rumors are swirling about Bill’s connections to convicted sex offender and high-profile financier Jeffrey Epstein. The two met multiple times, with Gates even flying once on Epstein’s private plane. While this fact has invited tons...
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Why do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories? What the Leading Research Says

From the Center This viewpoint is from a writer rated Center. The coronavirus pandemic led to the emergence of conspiracy theories about the origins and nature of the new virus. In part reflecting intense political polarization in the United States, conspiracy groups like QAnon have risen...
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More than Memorization: A New Civics Education Vision May Reduce Polarization

In the United States today, politics seems to be less about governing and more about finding the best way to demean the other side. The result: a partisan divide and an epidemic of affective polarization. Affective polarization is defined as “the extent to which citizens feel more...
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“Birthing People” or “Mothers”? Debate Ignites Over Mother’s Day Weekend

“Birthing people” or “mothers”? An online debate was sparked by Missouri Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush over Mother’s Day weekend after she used the term "birthing people'' in a speech in Congress, and Twitter lit up with controversy. Some people have advocated for the term birthing...
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