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Heartland America Struggles for Hope Amid the Opioid Epidemic

Heartland America Struggles for Hope Amid the Opioid Epidemic

Along with many other small towns across America, Sedalia, Missouri, has been battling substance abuse on a vast scale, with opioid overdoses a leading cause of death. Yet as the country gears up for the 2024 presidential election, the crisis seems to have fallen by the wayside.

How Changes in the Israeli Military Led to the Failure of October 7

How Changes in the Israeli Military Led to the Failure of October 7

An analysis from the perspective of organizational science shows how the Israeli military’s overreliance on technology, lack of experience and proficiency in real warfare as opposed to occupation, and culture of dehumanization and dismissal of Palestinians led Israel to suffer its worst-ever loss of life in any military assault.

Rethinking Radicalization — With Elizabeth Pearson

Rethinking Radicalization — With Elizabeth Pearson

On this week’s episode of The Lede, Elizabeth Pearson explains how her research challenged established thinking around extremism, and how she came to the understanding that misogyny and masculinity play a much bigger role in the radicalization process than has been previously thought.

How a Childhood Memory Opened a Window on Islam in China

How a Childhood Memory Opened a Window on Islam in China

References to Islam were just about unheard of during my upbringing in China — except for the stop-motion cartoon of Ah Fan Ti. Decades later, lightning would strike to trigger a reinterpretation of those days — reverberating beyond my childhood and into today’s world of migration, faith and ethnic rivalry.

The Death of Debate on Palestine and Israel

The Death of Debate on Palestine and Israel

Since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel and Israel’s ensuing military onslaught on Gaza, discussion and debate on the conflict have been shut down like never before. With the war playing out on social media, the discourse has polarized and flattened, as mutually exclusive narratives breed distrust and denialism.