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Will the Koreas follow the Germanies? (The Washington Post)
by James Goldgeier
If North and South Korea eventually reunify, their path could in some ways mirror what East and West Germany went through in 1989. But there are some important differences too.
A child sacrifice site unearthed (National Geographic)
by Kristin Romey
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of 140 children apparently sacrificed 550 years ago in the Chimú Empire in modern-day Peru. The ritual may have been related to El-Niño.
How do you know Earth isn’t flat? (Vox)
by Nikk Effingham
How do you argue with someone who really believes the Earth is flat? A philosopher suggests not starting with the scientific evidence.
Ida B. Wells’s fight against rape (The New York Times)
by Crystal N. Feimster
You probably know Ida B. Wells as a groundbreaking journalist and crusader against lynching. A new memorial recalls her less-remembered fights against sexual violence perpetrated by white men on black women.
What is fabulous? (Pacific Standard)
by Brandon Tensley
From ballroom dance-offs to Prince to “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” fabulous doesn’t just mean gorgeous and talented. It’s about “a swashbuckling and transgressive world-making.”
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