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HIPAA, the health privacy law that’s more limited than you think, explained

You probably don’t know what HIPAA really means. Let’s fix that.

Biden’s climate leadership will be tested at the Earth Day summit

China, Russia, and India may be reluctant to reengage on US terms at the climate summit.

The next big voting rights fight is in Texas

Texas is already one of the most restrictive states in the country. Republicans want new rules that would make things worse.

How one company and way too many pigs destroyed America’s heartland

Iowa’s largest hog producer courted power and turned farming into a numbers game. Businesses like it are increasingly the norm.

The First Amendment has a Facebook problem

Big Tech poses an enormous challenge to free speech — but we aren’t having the right debate about it.

Mark Zuckerberg says he’s standing up for you. Yes, you.

The CEO of Facebook makes the case for Facebook.

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Why South Africa is still so segregated

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Breaking down the 2021 Best Picture nominees

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The Pandemic Playbook

Vox explores the successes — and setbacks — in six nations as they fought Covid-19.

South Korea’s Covid-19 success story started with failure

The inside account of how one country built a system to defeat the pandemic.


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Think like a scout

Matt is joined by Julia Galef, who wants us to stop acting — and thinking — like soldiers

Pelosi renews call for Congress to investigate the Capitol insurrection

India is dealing with a vaccine shortage during a new wave of Covid-19

Citizen science is booming during the pandemic

Global deaths from Covid-19 have now topped 3 million

Biden vows to increase refugee cap after criticism from Democrats

Climate change is making your allergies worse

The Supreme Court hears a case next week that could make Citizens United even worse

Andrew Cuomo and Google’s former CEO push to cap internet prices for low-income New Yorkers

Biden’s blunt opposition to marijuana legalization

What the cicadas will leave behind

Teddy Pendergrass and Aretha Franklin sing against a glowing radio wave backdrop

How slow jams took over the radio

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America’s gun problem, explained

The public and research support gun control. Here’s how it could help — and why it doesn’t pass.

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The rise of the horny, x-rated, gay Twitter alts

Exhibitionism lives on Twitter, if you know where to find it.

Amy Klobuchar has a plan to build more housing

The state of the plant-based food industry

Biden makes good on his promise to punish Russia for the massive SolarWinds hack

Will Biden’s Russia sanctions actually stop Putin?