Visiting prisoners with Pope Francis, learning through play at a Finnish kindergarten, what you need to know about the environment, and more

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

How Should America Deal With the Sinners in Its Prisons?

Pope Francis’s visit to the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia represents a different way of thinking about the humans behind bars.

Emma Green

The Data Are Damning: How Race Influences School Funding

Research shows that in Pennsylvania’s public schools skin color, not economics, determines how much money districts get.

Gillian B. White

The Surprising Genealogy of Your Brain

Each of your neurons is more closely related to heart cells than to most of its neighbors. Why?

Ed Yong

Breast Milk for Sale

Is donating milk an act of altruism, like organ donation? Or are donors providing a good that they should be compensated for?

Carrie Arnold

What Pope Francis and Xi Jinping Have in Common

The Catholic and Chinese leaders face the same question: How do you lead a billion people in today’s world?

Moisés Naím

How Lin-Manuel Miranda Shapes History

Works of art have long informed how people understand the past, and Hamilton is no exception.

Edward Delman

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland

Forget the Common Core, Finland’s youngsters are in charge of determining what happens in the classroom.

Tim Walker

Digital Romance: The Teens Get It

A Pew survey unpacked

Julie Beck

How an 18th-Century Philosopher Helped Solve My Midlife Crisis

David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western Enlightenment

Alison Gopnik

What Is the Biggest Environmental Problem People Don't Know About?

From acidification of the ocean to dwindling fresh water, experts weigh in on what the public should know.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Sam Price-Waldman, and Jaclyn Skurie

Mecca Then and Now, 128 Years of Growth

A series of photographs on Mecca and its surrounding area taken sometime around 1887 by the photographer Al Sayyid Abd al Ghaffar, compared with images from similar locations taken in 2015.

Alan Taylor

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