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How to Correctly Give to Charity, America's Divorce Myth and More #Mustreads

Also, a movie about those underwater-robot kids from Wired.

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The Internet is an ocean of garbage, and Re/code is here to help you find the least offensive pieces of flotsam:

  1. Millions of Americans donate hefty sums of money to charity every year, and most of us are doing it wrong. The Cato Institute’s Jason Kuznicki has a useful blog post explaining how you can make sure your charitable donations help as many people as possible.
  2. It’s commonly accepted that about half of all American marriages end in divorce. And like many things that are commonly accepted, that truism is bullshit. The New York Times’ Claire Cain Miller has a nifty chart that shows that more couples are sticking together, and an accompanying article that explores why this is so.
  3. New York Magazine’s wonderfully weird art critic Jerry Saltz took over the publication’s Facebook account to solicit questions from readers. Whether you care about the art world or not, Saltz talking about art gallery bathrooms and his favorite stuff at the Met is an absolute delight.
  4. Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley, has one the nation’s highest rates of homelessness. The de facto center of the area’s homeless population, a 68-acre encampment called “The Jungle” located close to Apple’s headquarters, will be completely shut down by city authorities before Christmas. Mother Jones’s Josh Harkinson visited the area and talked to its residents.
  5. A decade after it first published a story about a team of Los Angeles immigrant kids who won an underwater robotics competition (and beat out top engineering students from across the country), Wired is now re-upping the piece because of next month’s premiere of a movie about it.

If you see any stories you’d like to send our way (or have any questions/comments about stories we’ve recommended), feel free to shoot an email to

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