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Election 2019: The Results

Nov 6, 2019

Five states held big general off-year elections held big off-year elections this week.

Wherever you tried one for whatever reason, an investigation from The New York Times reveals that breathalyzers are often unreliable.

And with a million Americans per year arrested for drunk driving, faulty determinations of an individual’s blood alcohol content could have real consequences.

From The Times’ investigation about these tools:

Visiting The Smithsonian With Lonnie Bunch

Nov 5, 2019

What’s it like to run 19 museums, 21 libraries and the National Zoo?

Lonnie Bunch knows the answer now that he’s in charge of the Smithsonian Institution. He previously served as the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality headset. The “Veronica Mars” movie. Beloved video game “Undertale.” What do all these things have in common? They were crowdfunded into existence.

While the practice of crowdfunding actually began in the ‘90s, it didn’t truly pick up steam until the foundings of its two largest modern vehicles: Kickstarter and GoFundMe.

The State We're In: Democracy Edition

Nov 4, 2019

Do Americans support democracy?

If you’re thinking “no duh,” the answer might not be as obvious as you think.

In a recent survey, nearly a quarter of Americans said that a strong leader who doesn’t have to bother with Congress or elections would be “fairly” or “very good.”