The realities of alcoholism often include falling off the wagon, which is both more mundane and absurd than many people realize.
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In battling addiction, neuroscience offers a complementary and alternative approach to twelve-step programs.
To cut or not to cut? Circumcision is influenced by cultural forces and religious tradition, especially for secular Jews and Muslims.
Learning critical thinking skills helps students become more creative, confident, and engaged.
Reverend DePayne Middleton Doctor, a minister, admissions coordinator, and mother.
Reverend Daniel Simmons, Sr., a 74-year-old Vietnam vet, longtime pastor, father, and grandfather.
Myra Thompson, a retired teacher, guidance counselor, wife, mother, grandmother, and newly certified preacher.
Ethel Lee Lance, a 70-year-old church sexton with five children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Susie Jackson, an 87-year-old mother of two, family matriarch, devout Christian, church trustee, and eldest victim.
TyWanza Sanders, a 26-year-old graduate of Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, who died trying to save his grandmother.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a reverend, track coach, speech therapist, and mother.
Cynthia Hurd, head librarian with Charleston County Library’s John L. Dart Branch and manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library.
Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, a South Carolina Senator and senior pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church.
In a society of technology-driven isolation, is the key to a more compassionate world simply taking the time to really see one another?
“Stereotypes, they’re sensual, cultural weapons. … At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing.” -Junot Díaz
Many couples who pursue modern polygamist lifestyles find that creating the “perfect family” is more difficult than expected.
If a person with Jewish blood doesn’t identify with Judaism, can they avoid anti-Semitism? Should they?
What drives young men who commit horrific crimes? It may be a simple lack of basic morality.
Vocational training doesn’t ensure a living wage for students lacking the skills needed for college.
The Sisters of Loretto fought the Bluegrass Pipeline and protected their Kentucky homeland.
How privilege, fear, and nationalism hinder the eradication of infectious diseases.
Educators’ focus on language skills marginalizes kids who learn through physical, play-based activities.
Women who can’t nurse — or choose not to — shouldn’t be pressured or judged.
The Deep Web is not accessible through search engines. Its variety of uses may surprise you.
For trauma survivors, there are many paths to healing and moving on. Why demand that survivors forgive their abusers?
Political satirists provide comic relief, but do they undermine the fight to address serious issues?
When arts funding favors elite white institutions, both artists and communities suffer.
Do parental consent laws protect pregnant minors? The risks of politicizing teen abortion.
Examining institutionalized racism’s psychological and philosophical roots and how to combat it.
The costs, benefits, and ethical issues of increasingly sophisticated prenatal genetic tests.
In response to Deb Stone’s essay on foster care, former foster child Jaquel Pitts shares his successes.
A vivid and honest portrayal of one of the world’s most controversial organizations.
The nature of belief, disbelief, and how to approach the threat of religious extremism.
Poor treatment programs and the stigma of addiction have caused an epidemic of suffering.
Third-party debt collection agencies harass consumers into paying debt they believe they’ve already settled.
The Evangelical Christian purity movement and its impact on mainstream secular culture.
Two of STIR’s creators want to make you feel uncomfortable for a while.