The destruction of the Amazon, explained

The 2019 fires were just the tip of the iceberg.  The Amazon rainforest appeared in headlines this summer as thousands of fires raged month after month. Many blamed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for inspiring landowners, farmers, and ranchers to start the fires as a way to clear their lands. The event marked a new crisis in the world’s largest rainforest. Widespread deforestation dates back decades, but since the early 2000s, the Brazilian government had the…

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“This dynamic is immortal:” Why OK boomer is much more complicated than the meme

Posing for a picture with smartphone app TikTok. | AFP/Getty Images OK boomer pits the Youths against the Olds. Listen to Today, Explained to learn why the truth about this meme can be found in its shades of gray. “OK boomer.” At this point, you’ve probably heard the phrase from the popular TikTok meme that pits the Youths against the Olds. But the truth about this generational standoff can be found in its shades of…

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Hannity’s Fiona Hill monologue didn’t feature a single word from Fiona Hill

Fox News host Sean Hannity is seen in the White House briefing room on January 24, 2017. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM    (Photo credit should read ) | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images It was a stark illustration of Fox News’s alternative reality. And Trump loved it. If you actually watched former National Security Council official Fiona Hill’s testimony on Thursday, you heard a Russia expert decry Republicans’ embrace of Kremlin-propagated conspiracy theories. You also heard her explain…

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South Carolina wants to ban lifesaving medical treatments for trans kids

Demonstrators unfurl a Transgender Pride Flag outside the US Supreme Court on October 8, 2019. | Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images It’s part of a bigger push around the country. Trans children have been in the national spotlight in recent weeks, with the governor of Texas stepping in to try to stop a mother from allowing her child to transition. And on Wednesday, South Carolina legislators joined in with a bill that would ban a…

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