IDEAS

How to fix the police

Reforming law enforcement can't just be about preventing excessive policing. It also has to address the problem of under-policing.

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IDEAS

Mars needs a constitutional convention

A Q&A with astrobiologist Charles Cockell, who investigates how to prevent settlements in space from becoming breeding grounds for tyranny.

IDEAS

What compels us to explore Mars?

We are seeking places where secrets are held, hoping to defy our isolation in the universe.

50 Words: Coffee!

A true story about Boston in 50 words.

IDEAS

In case of economic emergency: break glass

Here's how we can put an end to bad bailouts.

IDEAS

Make broadband far more affordable

Boosting the subsidies that help people get online would expand access to education, health care, and economic opportunity.

IDEAS

Data Point: The bipartisan consensus for climate action

A new survey shows broad support for plans to reduce carbon emissions.

IDEAS

The benefits of surveillance without its downsides

Technological surveillance is both a threat to our autonomy and an opportunity to build a more humane world. We need a new social compact to manage it.

IDEAS

The rise and fall of North America

For the first time in living memory, this continent’s three biggest countries are poorly led.

IDEAS

A message for my father, from a stubborn son

It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but I can finally appreciate what he has given me.

IDEAS

The failure of memory and unreality of time in lockdown

We'll always remember the highly charged events of the past few weeks, unlike the indistinct days that many people experienced before — and could encounter again.

IDEAS

50 Words: Sign of the times

A true story about Boston in 50 words.

IDEAS

Black Lives Matter in a haven for white supremacists

The inside story of a historic march in a small town in Arkansas.

IDEAS

Data Point: The prevalence of the bumbling sitcom dad

A study of fatherly foolishness on television

IDEAS

The gaming cure

Video game Rx for ADHD.

OPINION

The emancipation of Aunt Jemima

Racist advertising logos, potent symbols of white supremacy, need to be forever retired.

OPINION

The nationalist president and the white supremacist

In June 2015, Donald Trump and Dylann Roof ushered in a new era of racist violence and white resentment.

OPINION

Donald Trump is putting his own supporters at deadly risk and they don’t seem to care

The madness of the GOP.

IDEAS

As a Black mother-to-be, I’m already full of heartache

When will my unborn son start being viewed as a threat instead of a child?

IDEAS

Keep nuclear testing off the table

A very dangerous idea has resurfaced in the Trump administration’s approach to arms control negotiations.

IDEAS

The statistical paradox of police killings

In the numbers of fatal encounters with the cops, one kind of discrimination masks another.

IDEAS

Social Studies: Black pain, the freelance penalty, and the politics of cell phone usage

Unexpected findings from the world of social science

IDEAS

50 Words: Dream station

A true story about Boston in 50 words

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IDEAS

Too much military spending got us into this mess

The lesson of this pandemic: reduce the Pentagon budget and invest in programs that actually keep us safe.

IDEAS

‘Bending Lines’: Maps as deception

A new virtual exhibit from the Boston Public Library explores geography and propaganda

IDEAS

2020 will mark us all, for the rest of our lives

As one historian says, this year we "have to decide what kind of people we are going to be."

IDEAS

Refusing to give death the last word

Between the coronavirus and police killings, Black communities are coping with seemingly endless grief. Bans on funerals during the pandemic have been particularly devastating to a culture in which collective mourning has long played a role in culture, politics, and resistance.

IDEAS

50 Words: New Beginnings

A true story about Boston in 50 words

IDEAS

Police must relearn lessons they’ve forgotten

The cops cannot impose order on a community. Instead they can lead the community in promoting its own safety.

OPINION

America needs a path forward — but we don’t have a president who can point the way

President Trump is incapable of soothing the nation

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The difficulty of doing nothing

Junk forensics gets its day(s) in court

Yesterday's 'science' and today's exonerations cry out for a serious look at what evidence jurors should hear and see.

IDEAS

50 Words: Personal Protective Equipment

A true story about Boston in 50 words

IDEAS

Social Studies: Pandemic insurance, ride-share bias, and blue-collar eyes

Surprising insights from the social sciences

Ideas

Quarantine gave me freedoms I don’t want to lose

I hope COVID-19 permanently improves online accessibility for everyday activities.

OPINION

On Blackness and belonging in America

Black people should not be robbed of spaces where we find joy and wonder — they are too rare in our lives.

Ideas

There isn’t one true coronavirus death rate

The percentage of COVID-19 cases that are fatal says more about us than the virus.

OPINION

None of us know what comes next. But we can choose a better future.

Making the best of the pandemic

Ideas

Being productive while socially isolated is overrated. Surviving is good enough.

While the worst of our isolation is easing, we’ll need to remember that sometimes, staying alive to be here for each other is all that most of us can do.

IDEAS | DATA POINT

Will the coronavirus sicken our great ape cousins?

Gorillas share about 98 percent of their DNA with humans

IDEAS

The coronavirus crisis will bust up and reshape higher education — for better or for worse

Chat bots, predictive analytics, and maybe a cheaper, more humane college experience.

OPINION

A Memorial Day steeped in death, enveloped in grief

We’ll honor the sacrifice of service members who died in war — and mourn all who were sacrificed by the Trump administration in this pandemic

50 WORDS

50 Words: Hope on the lawn

A true story about Boston in 50 words.

IDEAS

Giving remote SAT and ACT exams is a bad idea

Given the history of cheating on standardized tests, including last year’s Varsity Blues scandal, it’s hard to believe testing companies can create fool proof security and equity with at-home tests.

IDEAS

Slavery was a war

A Harvard professor recasts bondage as an ongoing military conflict

A Boston primer from ideas

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For those new to the city and those returning after a summer break, here’s a tour of the geography, history, culture, and language of Boston through recent stories from the Ideas section.

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