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Former Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie (1921 - 2000) addresses a Drop The Debt rally in Trafalgar Square, 13th June 1999.

Debt, History of

From debtors' prison to student loan debt, six stories from the archive.
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Murderous Elves, Silent Moths, and Modern Phrenology

Well-researched stories from Atlas Obscura, Physics World, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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An AI Bot is Clogging Our Submissions Inbox

So naturally, we thought of all the kind stories we've written about artificial intelligence over the years. We take it all back!
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Lakota Dogs, Virginia Woolf, and Warm Clothes

Well-researched stories from Sapiens, Public Books, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
An ad for Tab from 1975

Tab Cola, Advent, and Conspiracy Theories

Well-researched stories from The Conversation, Aeon, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Mario hat Odysseus

Statues

The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Home Owners' Loan Corporation's Map of Detroit, 1939

Redlining, Scrolling Exhaustion, and Down Syndrome

Well-researched stories from Wired, The Atlantic, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Leaves stacked against a black background

Eight Poems of Gratitude

Let us pause now and give thanks.
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Rare 1969 Story from The Queen’s Gambit Author Walter Tevis

In this short story a graduate student makes a deal with the devil: Write my dissertation and my soul is yours.
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Thanksgiving Stories

Turkey or Tofurkey? Stuffing or dressing? Whatever the controversy, these Thanksgiving stories will slake your appetite!
Illustration: A rose

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Smelly Science, Long Lives, and Queen Calafia

Well-researched stories from NPR, Aeon, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
The Intersex pride flag

Intersex Gains, Societal Collapse, and Aztec Beliefs

Well-researched stories from Nursing Clio, National Geographic, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.

Anti-War Posters from City College of New York

A collection of flyers and other material circulated at The City College of New York (CCNY) between 1934 and 1936.
Photograph: Spotted cuscus (Phalangista maculata)

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Furry Livestock, Scary Stories, and Octopus Perception

Well-researched stories from Artnet News, Wired, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
"I Voted" stickers

Voting in American Politics: A Syllabus

From battles to expand the franchise to the mysteries of turnout, voting is one of the most important things to understand about U.S. politics.
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Halloween Stories

Why are Victorians the default haunted house, what do ghosts have to do with the imagination, and why do we like to be scared?

Nine Black Cat Stickers

They crossed our path and we lived to tell the tale. Check them out in the Street Arts Graphics Collection!
Diabolical Ironclad Beetle

Beetles, Bois, and the President’s Lips

Well-researched stories from BBC News, Slate, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Cat Blinks, Fox Food, and E.B. White

Well-researched stories from Mental Floss, Wired, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
The Marsh Seedless variety of grapefruits (scientific name: Citrus paradisi) from Mercedes, Hidalgo County, Texas, 1916

Grapefruit, Proud Boys, and Tricky Translation

Well-researched stories from Atlas Obscura, Insider, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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And a Fabulous LGBTQ History Month to You, Too!

Queer people have always had a particular relationship with history. It's only lately that archival silences have been challenged, and overcome.
A poster advertising the IV Review of Polish Short Films, organized by the Zygzakiem Cinema Club in Warsaw, January 11-14, 1976.

Polish Posters in the RISD Library Collection

Posters are part of a tradition of object-based learning at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Dakota pipeline protestors

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples and Cultures

More and more states are choosing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day.
Helianthus paradoxus

Endangered Plants, Lizard Sex, and Voter Suppression

Well-researched stories from CNN, the New York Times, and other publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
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Invented Math, Trustworthy Vaccines, and New Sugar

Well-researched stories from Smithsonian, FiveThirtyEight, and more great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.