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The Great Debate: Style or Substance?

The moments we remember from political debates are embedded in our political folklore, from the knockout lines to the losing gaffes. But does media coverage often miss the real lessons they offer?

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The Great Debate: Style or Substance?

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The moments we remember from political debates are embedded in our political folklore, from the knockout lines to the losing gaffes. But does media coverage often miss the real lessons they offer?
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Where Does the American Dream Live?

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How a little-known public housing program from the 1970s is changing housing policy today.
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“On Account of Sex”

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When Phyllis Schlafly fought the Equal Rights Amendment, which called for equality of rights “on account of sex,” it kicked off a battle that continues to influence political debate today.
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The Mommy Wars

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The Mommy Wars: Billed as the nastiest fight in American parenting, and fueled by a decades-old blunder. This story was produced in collaboration with Quartz.
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The Outrage Machine

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Internet shaming – what happens when the cybermob comes for you.
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Atomic Vets

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The story of the veterans who witnessed secret atomic testing and how their decades-long struggle for recognition affects soldiers today. This story is a coproduction with our friends at Reveal, from The Center for Investigative Reporting.
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The Long, Strange Trip of LSD

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In the 1960s, mind-altering drugs like LSD helped fuel the counter-culture. Today, psychedelics are turning on a new generation – of scientists.
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Welfare and the Politics of Poverty

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Bill Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform was supposed to move needy families off government handouts and onto a path out of poverty. Twenty years later, how has it turned out?
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D&D: Lessons from a Media Panic

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Dungeons and Dragons was once accused of leading children to Satanism, but today the game looks more like a solution to a problem plaguing modern parenting.

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