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Victor Gruen was an avant-garde European socialist who inadvertently designed that all-American creature, the mall. But, as Steven Johnson reveals, his master plan was way grander — and one we might want to build today

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It’s one thing to read about segregation and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s in books. But history comes to life when you hear from the people who were on the front lines.

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Art therapist Melissa Walker is using masks to allow service members with traumatic brain injuries express their deepest emotions and experiences, helping them and their loved ones.

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This fall photographer Camille Seaman travelled to join the pipeline protests at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Here, she brings us up close to some of the many people drawn there to defend the water and the earth.

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Washington — and America — seem irrevocably mired in division and dysfunction, but bipartisanship and compromise could exist again in the near future. Journalist Michael Tomasky helps point out three tiny rays of hope.

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Some people might not like his tactics, but Edward Snowden has done great things for privacy rights, says Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Trevor Timm. That’s why it’s time for him to come home.

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Journalist Will Potter makes the case that in these polarized times we all have to have the courage to step outside of our comfort zones and address people as individuals, rather than presumed ideologies.