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The Highlight

The Highlight

Vox’s home for ambitious stories that explain our world.

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What’s so funny?

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Why Teslas keep catching on fire

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The glories of dining out alone

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We pulled pandas back from the brink of extinction. Meanwhile, the rest of nature collapsed.

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You may be thinking about animals all wrong (even if you’re an animal lover)

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Saving species, and other stories

What’s lost when focusing on the cute and charismatic. Plus: Why Teslas keep catching on fire, the progressive case for more people, and others.

Yes, you can have kids and fight climate change at the same time

New Zealand’s Māori fought for reparations — and won

When humor becomes armor

A joke with a literal cost

Why do people still think women aren’t funny?

Is the right winning the comedy wars?

The very serious science of humor

Toward a unified theory of “millennial cringe”

Poor countries are developing a new paradigm of mental health care. America is taking note.

AI experts are increasingly afraid of what they’re creating

How one man quietly stitched the American safety net over four decades

Will America continue to turn away from vaccines?

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The world to come

Earth’s population passed 8 billion this month — now what? Plus: the rise of an anti-vaccine America, the looming dangers of superintelligent AI, the shifting landscape of higher ed, and more.

The incredible shrinking future of college

Are 8 billion people too many — or too few? 

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Back to the future

Rethinking old ideas about what we eat, where we live and work, and how we power our communities.

The future of the office is a lab

The wasted potential of garbage dumps

The end of a battery’s life matters as much as its beginning

Under the hood of the electric vehicle revolution

Inside the fantastical, pragmatic quest to make “hybrid” meat

Our buildings are making us sick

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Ruben Gallego’s ready for a fight — even if the Democratic Party isn’t

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The power and potential of Latino voters

Latino voters’ growing power, what the parties get right and wrong about them, and a brash Congress member on what Democrats need to do better.

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A practical guide to winning Latino voters

Los votantes latinos están siendo inundados con aún más desinformación

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Latino voters are being flooded with even more misinformation in 2022

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Yes, most Latinos are Christian. No, that doesn’t make them anti-abortion.

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How 2022 became the year of the Latina Republican

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The power of Hispanic voters, in 10 charts

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Democrats lost ground with Latino voters in 2020. Will the midterms be worse?

America’s fastest-growing, frequently misunderstood voting bloc

Men have fewer friends than ever, and it’s harming their health

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Welcome to the Friendship Issue of the Highlight

Inside this issue: The state of American friendship, its radical power, and advice for small talk and making your social battery work for you, even if you’re an introvert.

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The introvert’s guide to actually enjoying a party

It’s all about managing your social battery.

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Too many Americans live in places built for cars — not for human connection

How urban planning contributed to the great undoing of modern friendship.

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How to make small talk when you hate small talk

In defense of the much-maligned conversational form.

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The radical political power of friendship

It can help us push back against tyranny. Philosopher Hannah Arendt’s legendary cocktail parties were proof.

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Some brand names have long perpetuated racism. Black Lives Matter is changing that.

The Cleveland Indians are reportedly the latest group preparing to abandon a stereotypical name, following the Washington Redskins and Aunt Jemima this summer.