Editor's note

This weekend the movie “Detroit,” which takes place during a five-day stretch of racially-charged violence and looting in July 1967, will be released. That summer, Wayne State’s Jeffrey Horner was six years old and living in a Detroit suburb. In his neighborhood, most thought “the riots,” as they were called, were the result of black criminals who had run amok. It would only be years later – when Horner was a graduate student in urban planning – that he would learn of the racial tensions that had been simmering in Detroit since the 1920s.

European leaders are growing more confident that they are in the final act of their Greek tragedy, which has threatened the continent’s stability for more than seven years. But that wave of optimism will come crashing down if something isn’t done about Greece’s staggering amount of debt, writes American University’s Randall Henning. A solution exists, but will Europe agree to it?

Just over two weeks from now, a solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. It’s going to be quite an event – the sun going dark in the middle of the day. Michigan State University planetarium director Shannon Schmoll discusses what causes solar eclipses, how often they happen, what we can learn from them and what the eclipse would look like to a person standing on the moon.

Nick Lehr

Editor, Arts and Culture

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A National Guardsman stands at a Detroit intersection during the summer riots of 1967. AP Photo/David Stephenson

Why Detroit exploded in the summer of 1967

Jeffrey Horner, Wayne State University

Fifty years ago, Jeffrey Horner watched news broadcasts of the riots that erupted just miles from his home. But he was worlds apart from the racial tensions that had been festering for decades.

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There are cognitive building blocks that must be in place in order to successfully lie.


Watching children learn how to lie

Gail Heyman

University of California, San Diego

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