National and Global Issues

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Q&A: Mother and daughter

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LGBTQ+ history is important too

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Why the phrase “#NotAllMen” is harmful and problematic

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Exam answers from a student during COVID-19

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The student loan debt crisis is sinking Americans

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Asian American and Pacific Islander hate crimes are increasing. No one is talking about it.

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Four things we can learn from the Chinese education system

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The one-size-fits-all model of public education is failing its members

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Adolescents and internet access

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Colleges shouldn’t require standardized testing

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Bridging generational divides

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We should watch movies despite Asian stereotypes

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Food deserts: bringing awareness during the pandemic

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Mental health and the economy

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The relationship between Saudis and Americans is ticking away

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Small businesses are struggling in the pandemic: why?

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Language is the key to a voice

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Why should we stop global warming?

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The effect of guns

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Have conversations about mental health

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Bullying against immigrants

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Are you influenced by social media?

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The relevance of climate change

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How can school be better for teachers and students?

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The struggles of Black women and young Black girls in America

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Justice for the victims of Nanking

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Pandemic travel with my family

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Hurricanes in Honduras

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Experiencing racism in Chile

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The ramifications of rising healthcare and drug prices

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Class struggles in the United States

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Stop celebritizing our politicians

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The downfall of the great Donald Trump

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My family's fight with COVID-19

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My box braids and their meaning

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COVID's holiday season

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What lies in the future of the Supreme Court?

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Wake up, Bostonians — Our environment is falling apart

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How our political climate divides our country and our personal relationships

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Here's why your vote matters

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The great American deceit

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What you hear of the US vs. what you'll see

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Deconstructing America's healthcare system

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Gloomy days

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Social media's 21st century rise and fall

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The Stigma with Teen Mental Health

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Racial Disparities & Public Health

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What am I?

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Felony disenfranchisement must come to an end

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Is Justice Barrett Fit For Serving Justice?

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Don’t let virtue-signaling become the undermining juggernaut of activism

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This is America

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Senior fall during a pandemic

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Working on ourselves during quarantine

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The infantilism of the far-right

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Is this election really fair?

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Hopes and fears for the 2020 election

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Why urban fiction is such an influential genre

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The future of the Supreme Court

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Diversity in Hollywood

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Today's representation isn't enough

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Veterans should not carry the weight of war alone

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Women should be able to choose abortion

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How you can protect yourself from intricate phishing attacks

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Cheap fashion comes at a steep cost

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Stop sexual assualt

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Billionaires can be the solution

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Black history in American schools

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Racism and poverty in America

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Let's talk about mental health in school

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Help the Uighurs

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Let gay men donate blood

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Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

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Does the U.S. government care about minorities?

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Racial injustice needs to stop

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Menstrual products in school bathrooms

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Hope for the presidential election

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What should a Latino look like?

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The reality of drug use

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Make the MBTA free

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The need for high speed rail

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Let's talk about America's inconsistent age restrictions

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Police brutality needs to stop

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We need affordable housing

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Getting out the vote