ASK: Why It’s Almost Impossible to Indict a Cop

A protester stands near a wall with a graffiti and police officers in Oakland, California, on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

All over the country, the issue of restraining police power is framed around the retribution against individual cops, from Staten Island to Milwaukee to Los Angeles. But is this the best way to impose discipline on law enforcement and roll back what even Republican appellate court appointees are calling rampant criminalization?

By Chase Madar - Bill Moyers

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LOOK: Curiosity Helps Us Learn, But Why?

The Limbic Reward System lights up when curiosity is piqued.

"There's this basic circuit in the brain that energizes people to go out and get things that are intrinsically rewarding," Ranganath explains. This circuit lights up when we get money, or candy. It also lights up when we're curious.

By Maanvi Singh - NPR

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UNLIKELY STORY: One Black Man and the Klan

"He says, you know, this is the first time I ever sat down had a drink with a black man. And I'm thinking, you know, this guy is really having a night of firsts here. I asked him, I said, why? And he didn't answer me. He stared at the tabletop and his buddy elbowed him in the ribs and said, tell him, tell him. Now he says, I'm a member of the Ku Klux Klan."

Interview with Daryl Davis By Nick Van Der Kolk - NPR

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LISTEN: Being Black in The Tech Industry


You're walking in a room; you're telling the client hey, we're going to get this done for you. Please pay us a lot of money to do this before you even do any work. And I think for African-Americans it's a huge challenge because people come to the table with preconceived notions about our capabilities and what we can do.

By Eric Westervelt - NPR

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PREPARE: Teach Teachers How to Create Magic

TUNE IN: The Wonder Approach to Learning

Wonder is at the origin of reality-based consciousness, thus of learning.... Unfortunate misinterpretations of neuroscience have led to false brain-based ideas in the field of education, all of these based on the scientifically wrong assumption that children’s learning depends on an enriched environment.

By Catherine L’Ecuyer - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

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REFLECT: Police Shooting of Tamir Rice

Tamir E. Rice

Grainy, choppy surveillance video shows Loehmann firing two shots within two seconds of his police cruiser skidding to a stop near the boy. Cuyahoga County sheriff's detectives investigating the shooting wrote that, based on witness interviews, it was unclear if Loehmann shouted anything to Tamir from inside the cruiser before opening fire.

By Associated Press - Chicago Tribune

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UNPACK: No Land is Innocent

“This was not an academic exercise. The depth of frustration between police and community was very sobering. And battle lines were drawn there very quickly,” says Cranley. “In some ways we were all naive to the depth of the problems on both sides.”

By Sarah Stankorb - Good Magazine

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TRY: This Man Has Nothing to Hide

Society would be better if no one had any secrets. Email and bank accounts are just a small piece. A person who truly had nothing to hide would also consent to footage being captured when they're, say, fighting with their kids, sitting on the toilet, masturbating, and negotiating with their boss for a pay raise.

By Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic

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EXPLORE: The Social Structure of Prison Communities

“There’s a lot that goes on in prison,” he said. [...] It’s a microcosm of situations where there’s a lot of civil strife. It’s an inmate society, but the dynamic is pertinent to how people deal with living in contentious social environments.”


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