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Hosted by international bestselling author and journalist Omar El Akkad, Without explores all of the things we can't imagine losing. In some... more

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Local Journalism

All over the United States, more and more communities are losing their most important source of  information: local newspapers. At... more

20 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they carry are a public health crisis. Today, thanks to climate change, they're even starting... more

13 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
Social Security

Social security has provided relief for millions of elderly, bereaved, and disabled Americans, but just about everyone on all sides... more

06 Dec 2023 · 39 minutes
Glaciers

Thwaites is maybe the most famous glacier on earth. And to get a sense of why, you should also know... more

29 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
Touch

It’s undeniable–touch is growing scarcer in our increasingly digital world. We learn about the physiological importance of touch and speak... more

22 Nov 2023 · 38 minutes
Drug Laws

According to the CDC, deaths from opioids more than doubled to 105,000 from January 2015 to January 2023. Some states... more

15 Nov 2023 · 35 minutes
Batteries

Whatever going green is – be it using electric cars or installing solar panels – it doesn’t happen without big,... more

08 Nov 2023 · 36 minutes
White Rhinos

Today, a whopping one million species are on the verge of extinction, with animals dying off at a rate not... more

01 Nov 2023 · 38 minutes
Death

Over the past few years, some of the richest people (mostly men) on the planet have funded all kinds of... more

25 Oct 2023 · 36 minutes
Libraries

Today, libraries are shouldering societal burdens like addiction, and have become a central battleground in this country’s raging culture wars.  A... more

18 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Prisons

The prison abolition movement has long called for the end of mass incarceration. What are the consequences and why should... more

09 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Unions

So much of what we take for granted about the American labor force, from weekends to work hours, comes from... more

02 Aug 2023 · 45 minutes
Cash

What does a world without cash look like? Who isn’t able to participate and why is a cashless society something... more

26 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Phosphorus

If we run out of phosphorus, which is what we use to enable massive-scale farming, millions of people will starve... more

19 Jul 2023 · 44 minutes
Public Space

We have been losing public spaces for years, and though it’s a defining architectural feature of many major cities, we... more

12 Jul 2023 · 31 minutes
Home

Omar’s birthplace, Qatar, is essentially disappearing, not as a result of climate change, but because it’s become something entirely different.... more

05 Jul 2023 · 33 minutes
Daylight Saving Time

Politicians, economists, and sleep specialists debate instituting a permanent standard time. Should we keep one time all year, split it... more

28 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
Antibiotics

The last time scientists produced a new batch of effective antibiotics was in 1987. Since then, we've seen virtually no... more

21 Jun 2023 · 44 minutes
Coffee

People love coffee, but climate change is fundamentally altering where and how coffee is grown. Because of the damage being... more

14 Jun 2023 · 29 minutes
Sand

We use sand more than almost any other resource on earth - for everything from glass to concrete – and... more

07 Jun 2023 · 30 minutes
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We have been losing public spaces for years, and though it’s a defining architectural feature of many major cities, we don't seem... more