Why the U.S. Should Provide Universal Basic Income

From The Atlantic. America is the richest civilization in history. Why, then, are our living standards so low compared to those of other wealthy democracies? “There’s a big idea out there that could help solve this,” says The Atlantic writer Annie Lowrey. “It’s called a universal basic income.” In a new animated video, Lowrey argues…

Can the Undocumented ‘Earn’ Citizenship?

From The Atlantic. “I’m here as an undocumented immigrant with no papers, no green card, no passport, and no legal documents, but I am still a citizen of this country,” says Jose Antonio Vargas in a new video filmed at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. Vargas, an accomplished journalist whose work has garnered him a…

The Ebb and Flow of Man and the Sea

From The Atlantic. On the southernmost shore of Oaxaca lies the Punta Cometa peninsula, a rocky cape that juts out into the Pacific Ocean in the shape of a cowboy boot. It is a destination popular with tourists, who flock to the region for its spectacular views of the sunset. But to locals, Punta Cometa…

A Surprising U.S.-Canada Border Dispute

From The Atlantic. “When we think of modern-day international border disputes, we imagine places like Kashmir, Jerusalem, Crimea, or the U.S.-Mexico border,” filmmaker Brian Gersten told The Atlantic. “So when I heard about Machias Seal Island, it was just so unexpected.” Gersten is referring to the last remaining border conflict between the U.S. and Canada.…

How to Win a Gun Fight

From The Atlantic. Every day, John Correia combs through dozens of violent attacks caught on mobile phones, security cameras, CCTV, and police body cameras. The videos are sent to him by a legion of fans across the globe who seek his advice. After carefully analyzing each one, he breaks down lessons in self-defense videos he…

Is the Dinosaur-Apocalypse Story Wrong?

From The Atlantic. 66 million years ago, a six-mile-wide asteroid, larger than Mount Everest is tall, slammed our planet with the force of ten billion atomic bombs, unleashing giant fireballs, crushing tsunamis, continent-shaking earthquakes, and suffocating darkness. This was the cause of the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, which drove the dinosaurs off the planet almost overnight.…

#MeToo and Sexual Harassment in the Government

From The Atlantic. In 2013, Oregon State Senator Sara Gelser was working on a bill related to domestic worker rights when she alleges she was sexually harassed by another member of the state legislature. In an interview at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival, Gelser described to The Atlantic how the incident was recorded on video.…

The Woman Who Gets Lost Every Day

From The Atlantic. Sharon Roseman gets lost every day. It happens everywhere she goes—in the grocery store, in the neighborhood she’s lived in for 20 years, and even in her own house. “When Sharon wakes, her walls seem to have moved overnight,” Michelle Coomber, who made a film about Roseman, told The Atlantic. “Her world…

Fear and Anxiety at Refugee Road

From The Atlantic. There are roughly 3,000 immigrants from Mauritania in Columbus, Ohio. They came to America fleeing persecution and slavery in the West African country. For years, ICE allowed even those with failed asylum claims to remain in the country. “Since Donald Trump has become president, more than 50 people I know have been…

How ICE Drives Immigrants to ‘Self-Deport’

From The Atlantic. There are roughly 3,000 immigrants from Mauritania in Columbus, Ohio. They came to America fleeing persecution and slavery in the West African country. For years, ICE allowed even those with failed asylum claims to remain in the country. “Since Donald Trump has become president, more than 50 people I know have been…

Video Can Create a Just Society

From The Atlantic. “We live, at the moment, in a country where basic rights are really being violated,” Yvette Alberdingk Thijm told The Atlantic at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. Thijm is the Executive Director of WITNESS, a global team of activists that empowers citizens to use video and technology to protect and defend human…

Hannibal Buress: Advice for Comedians

From The Atlantic. In comedy, “there are no barriers to entry,” Hannibal Buress said in a recent interview with The Atlantic, animated in the video above. “You can just do it. Write. It’s a pen and paper, or typing on a computer, or typing on your phone!”

The Poet of America’s Most Dangerous City

From The Atlantic. Spoken-word poet Kondwani Fidel was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, which USA Today recently ranked the most dangerous city in the nation. “Resilience is something that’s ingrained in you at a very young age growing up in Baltimore,” says Fidel in Jackson Tisi’s short documentary. “If you’re from or live in…