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Corrupt officials and criminal operators are brilliant at hiding their money and actions from public view. But there’s something we can do about it, says the team at Global Witness. It starts with closing loopholes.

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When artist JR started a project about the 1.2 million people held in limbo at the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital in the early 20th century, he couldn’t help but notice ghosts of the present.

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Human beings have created a whole load of problems in the oceans. Sadly, though, they usually don’t want to hear about them. Last month, a group of ocean scientists and activists brainstormed ways to make the seas sound as amazing as they are. Check out new tools, studies and discoveries that could spark positive curiosity and empathy.

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Terrorists make headlines by destroying ancient sites like Palmyra, in Syria. But there’s an even more sinister endgame, as archaeologist Sarah Parcak explains.

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The “Great Thanksgiving Listen” aims to capture the stories of a generation of elders over one weekend. But the questions you can ask are useful every day.

Here's a typical, lyrical post from Humans of New York: “I left Belize when I was 12 or 13, just as all my friends were getting swept up into gangs. The gangs would get kids to do the dirty work, because they knew the kids wouldn’t go to jail. I actually have an old photograph of the group of friends I used to hang out with– there were seven us. After I came to America, they were all killed in the exact order that they were standing in that photograph.” Photo by Brandon Stanton.

Between them, Dave Isay of StoryCorps and Brandon Stanton of the photography website, Humans of New York, have collected more than 75,000 stories from regular folks around the world. They share their thoughts on how to get the best out of people.

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From Hula to Griot, Calypso to Zajal, here are just some of the storytelling traditions used across the globe.