The policing of black Americans is racial harassment funded by the state The rap group Public Enemy famously stated that “911 is a joke”. But that was in 1990. These days 911 is dead serious. Quantum Dots Synthesized From Tea Leaves Could Be The Future Of Nanomedicine We now have a clean, cheap way of manufacturing quantum dots, an advanced, microscopic tool that scientists are learning how to use to enhance everything from solar panels to cancer treatments. All they needed was green tea leaf extract, along with a couple other chemicals. But let’s back up, because that’s a lot to take in. 27 Vintage Photos of Dads Around the World As the U.S. prepares to celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June, these photos of dads around the world show that a father’s love is universal. Unlike Mother’s Day, which began to be widely observed in 1908 and was quickly recognized as an official national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, Father’s Day took several decades to be declared a national holiday. It was first celebrated in 1910 in Washington state but wasn’t officially recognized until 1972, when it was acknowledged by President Richard Nixon. Studies have shown that beyond the ubiquitous parenting experiences of wiping away tears over a skinned knee or cheering on the sidelines of a sports game, dads can have specific and important impacts on the lives of their children. Fathers who do their share of work at home can help shape their daughters' career goals.
Meet the People Planting Trees After Canada's Lumber Harvest Luc Forsyth can’t decide which memories best illustrate the glorious hardship of his six seasons as a tree planter in Canada. Maybe it was his first day, when his crew leader told him to “deal with it” after hours of work in new boots had shredded his feet. Maybe it was years later, when his hands were so stiff after seemingly endless days of cold rain that he urinated on them in a desperate attempt to defrost himself. Or perhaps it was the many raucous nights in the nearest logging town, shooting pool and doing laundry with the rest of the planting crew, a group of strangers bonded by adversity.
25 Captivating Pictures of Street Scenes Around the World Amid the thrum and whirl of city life, today’s street photographers patiently wait for what their forebear, the influential French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, famously termed “the decisive moment:” that split-second when the visual and emotional elements of a scene come together to express its essence. Street photography is about the possibility—though never the promise—of capturing a flicker in time that might make a good photograph. That might mean glimpsing a symmetrical group of nuns in a Kolkata doorway and instinctively framing the image. Or it might be fortuitously capturing a fleeting gesture that hints at a bigger story: the precise moment, perhaps, that a young boy turns his head to get a second look at the girl behind him.
Monty Python's Eric Idle Looks Back On The 'Bright Side' Of A Life In Comedy Monty Python co-founder Eric Idle's memoir "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography" comes out Tuesday. Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Idle (@EricIdle) about the book. Scroll down to read an excerpt from "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" Interview Highlights On the impact the early 1960s British stage comedy "Beyond the Fringe" had on him Ants Among Elephants by Sujatha Gidla review – life as an ‘untouchable’ in modern India Not long ago, at a conference that brought together academics, writers and artists in Kochi in south India, the historian Vivek Dhareshwar unsettled his audience by saying that there was no such thing as caste – that it was a conceptual category the British used to understand and reduce India, which was internalised almost at once by Indians. “Caste” was not a translation of “jaati”, said Dhareshwar; “jaati” was a translation of “caste” – that is, the internalisation by Indians of the assumptions that the word caste involve meant they took its timelessness and authenticity for granted. Dhareshwar seemed to be implying – forcefully and outlandishly – that caste was at once a colonial inheritance and a habit of thinking, whose provenance no one felt the need to inquire into any longer. This was deeply nervous-making.
Johnny Clegg, A South African Superstar, Says Farewell : The Record Johnny Clegg co-founded two important, interracial bands, and became an essential voice in South Africa. Now, he's embarking on a farewell tour after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Fiona Macpherson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption The Immigrant Ancestors Ann Coulter Wishes She Didn’t Have In a recent appearance on The View to promote her latest book, Ann Coulter reiterated her well-known anti-immigrant stance. Guest host Ana Navarro responded, saying, “Let me point out that you’re sitting at this table next to two immigrants ... What is your family’s immigration story? Are you a Native American?” Coulter’s reply was curious: “Yes, I am.