‘Sovereignty’ in Russia and Ukraine (The Washington Post)
by Roland Paris
What makes a country sovereign? For Russian President Vladimir Putin, it’s not just about lines on a map or treaties with other nations but an “inner energy” created by historical and religious unity. That’s not a new concept. But it’s fueling potential international conflicts even beyond Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Racism in the classroom (Slate)
by Ranita Ray
In many US school districts, most teachers are white while most students are not. Conversations about “critical race theory” in the classroom often ignore racism among white teachers, but it can influence what and how students are taught.

The man who taught the world to drink tea (Atlas Obscura)
by Miranda Brown
Across most of the world today, there’s no question about what to do with tea—you drink it. But it wasn’t always so obvious. Drinking, rather than eating, tea became the norm thanks partly to a relentless campaign by a Chinese professional clown in the 700s.

Before Ketanji Brown Jackson (19th News)
by Candice Norwood
Ketanji Brown Jackson is the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court. But she’s not the first to be considered for the job. Amalya Lyle Kearse made several presidents’ short lists decades ago.

Elizabeth Holmes’s voice of authority (The Conversation)
Kathryn Cunningham
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is widely rumored to have intentionally lowered her speaking voice to better impress investors. But why? And how would you even go about this if you wanted to?

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