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Star Trek star George Takei has written a musical. No, not about his time on the U.S.S Enterprise, but about his family’s experience being interned during World War II. Take a look at this and other pop culture references to this little known period of American history

Beijing-based artist Liu Bolin disappears into his works, silently making bold statements about consumerism, mass culture — even the Chinese government. See a gallery of previously unpublished works.

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In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man, and spent 19 years in prison for his crime. He talks with neuroscientist Daniel Reisel about the challenge of rehabilitating in prison — and why it’s so important to restore people to society.

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Three men were executed by lethal injection in the United States last week. Helen Walters argues that the death penalty is wrong — and a new philosophy of criminal justice is desperately needed.

How a letter written in 1855 gave Kyra Gaunt a whole new perspective on slavery.

Philosopher Ruth Chang celebrates the hard choices that allow us to write the story of our own lives. But what of those who aren’t free in the first place?

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Meg Jay caused a storm after she gave her TED Talk in 2013. What got people so hot under the collar? Her thesis that one’s 20s are not a throwaway decade, and that planning for life needs to start happening … right now. Here, the talk gets a cool graphic treatment from Superinteressante magazine.