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America’s mental health moment is finally here

There’s a mental health moment in America, and athletes are leading the way.

“Progressive prosecutors” are working within the system to change it. How is that going?

What Larry Krasner has learned about trying to reform policing from the inside

Yes, Covid-19 vaccine mandates are legal

What the law says about vaccine mandates, explained.

Why school lunches feel like they’re frozen in time

The fascinating history behind why students today are still eating square pizzas, crinkle fries, and cartons of milk.

Will the Tokyo Olympics be a superspreader event?

Japan’s pandemic problems are bigger than the Olympics, experts say.

The Green Knight is glorious and a little baffling. Let’s untangle it.

Unpacking the new movie’s connections to Arthurian legends, myths of saints, and … Scorsese?

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The spike in gun violence (Part I)

The nation’s murder rate rose by almost 25 percent last year — the largest increase in at least 60 years. This year might be even worse. ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis reports on “The Great Regression.”

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Vox’s audience support program, explained

Feds are seizing cryptocurrency from criminals. Now they have to figure out what to do with it.

Is it a HIPAA violation for your employer to require vaccines?

The Great Regression

What’s in the new infrastructure bill — and why it’s a big deal

Is Merrick Garland letting Trump’s people off the hook?

Take a mental break with the newest Vox crossword

Is Robinhood the next meme stock?

The 4 main fault lines that divide the vaccinated and the unvaccinated

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Beetles, drought, and fires are a ticking time bomb in the West

Medical debt was cut nearly in half in states that expanded Medicaid

The new Pursuit of Love TV show means it’s time to remember the Mitfords

The magic, sex, and violence of the 14th-century poem behind The Green Knight

Biden is turning back Haitian migrants at sea, echoing a shameful chapter in US history

LA’s favorite flea market is a teen fashion paradise

How to make the child tax credit more accessible

The worst money we’ve ever spent

For hackers, space is the final frontier

Google and Facebook lead the way with Covid-19 vaccine mandates. Will corporate America follow?

Why Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic gymnastic women’s team finals


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Getting power to the people

Matt is joined by Liza Reed of the Niskanen Center to talk about energy policy, electricity transmission, and America's complex power delivery system

Democracy’s big threat isn’t coming from China. It’s coming from within.

Don’t dwell on the US life expectancy drop. Worry about the long-term trend.


Do I want kids?

Why Newsmax is failing

The long road to a reckoning on racist team names

The endless expansion of the American beverage aisle

Mandate the vaccine, not masks

Cops at the schoolyard gate

The political crisis in Tunisia, explained by an expert

The first January 6 hearing was a harrowing indictment of the GOP

The courts are destroying America’s ability to fight pandemics

Reckoning with the theft of Native American children

Olympics TikTok is one of the best parts of the Games

The best four years of your life?

Dropping out helped me see the lies we’re sold about the college experience.


Why the 400m hurdles is one of the hardest Olympic races

The case for optimism about US democracy

The danger in corporate solutions to government problems

Why LeVar Burton’s Jeopardy! quest feels so meaningful

Welcome to the Schools Issue of the Highlight

How Emily Oster became one of the most respected — and reviled — voices of the pandemic