Editor's note

Brazil’s latest turmoil, prompted by evidence that President Michel Temer allegedly approved hush money, is raising the volume on calls for the unpopular leader to resign. Despite the severity of this crisis, Yale Law professor Susan Rose-Ackerman explains that there’s room for optimism – as long as the upheaval spurs efforts to fix the country’s broken political system.

Emily Schwartz Greco

Philanthropy and Nonprofits Editor

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Calls for Brazilian President Michel Temer’s ouster are growing louder due to allegations of government corruption. Pilar Olivares/Reuters

Brazil's tide against corruption swells

Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University

Brazil's political crisis is spiraling to a new level amid the release of recordings that allegedly caught the president authorizing a bribe. Fixing this mess will take more than a personnel change.

Arts + Culture


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    Scott Alan Metzger, Pennsylvania State University

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  • Child anxiety and parenting in the Trump era

    Barbara Milrod, Cornell University

    With emotionally charged rhetoric from both sides of the aisle and many parents in a heightened state of distress, children are more vulnerable than ever to anxiety. What can parents do?

Science + Technology

Economy + Business

  • Trump's trade policy is unlikely to deliver big wins for US workers

    Greg Wright, University of California, Merced

    The Trump administration's new deal with China, which won't benefit many workers, shows the pitfalls of pursuing bilateral agreements at the expense of multilateral ones like NAFTA.

  • Why banning laptops from airplane cabins doesn't make sense

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Ethics + Religion

Environment + Energy

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Politics + Society

Health + Medicine