Through the Lens

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For almost as long as they’ve been around, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been mostly thought of as action sports — and not the sports that come to mind when thinking about the Olympics. But, then again, times change.

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Filmed at the most remote high school in the continental U.S., the new documentary Scenes from the Glittering World follows three young people as they come of age in the Navajo Nation. 

Few filmmakers are as prolific as Frederick Wiseman. With 47 documentaries to his credit, the director has spent his life exploring institutions that shape — and are shaped by — American culture.

Robin Loznak / "Youth v. Gov"

The planet’s youngest generations will bear the weight of climate change. So some young people are fighting back — by suing the United States government.

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As protests and calls for social reforms swept through the country in the 1960s, a group of nuns in Los Angeles saw the need for change in their own conservative, cloistered world.

Christine Irvine

When we hear the word “abolitionist” we generally think of 19th century freedom fighters. 

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In January 2020, the majority of the world was unaware that a health crisis had hit Wuhan, China. Medical professionals and patients there quickly found themselves in a desperate situation, while their government worked to keep the story from spreading.

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MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini was working with facial recognition software when she encountered a problem: The robot she was programming could not detect her own female, dark skinned face.

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Deep in the Arizona desert, there’s an enormous glass terrarium that houses a replica, in miniature, of the earth’s ecosystems. It’s called Biosphere 2.

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It was a 36-year-long social experiment that led to horrible human rights violations, the effects of which will play out in China for years to come.

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