Articles written by: Kara Howland

Today’s Youth Want More: Monique Coleman Previews Her New Discovery Life Series “Gimme MO'” [Exclusive]
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Today’s Youth Want More: Monique Coleman Previews Her New Discovery Life Series “Gimme MO'” [Exclusive]

It seems like the social and emotional issues that impact youth are neither being heard nor taken seriously. Just because someone can’t vote yet, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a say in the future of their own lives — especially when government is shaping policies that affect them directly. But […]

Let Science Speak: Oceans Are the Engines of Climate Change [Exclusive]
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Let Science Speak: Oceans Are the Engines of Climate Change [Exclusive]

The importance of science in our ever-evolving world cannot be overstated — especially since science is under attack right now. When a scientist’s work is demeaned or discounted for political (or other) reasons, what does that mean for the person behind the research? What does that mean for verifiable facts? […]

Biology as Destiny is “A Dangerous Idea” [Exclusive]
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Biology as Destiny is “A Dangerous Idea” [Exclusive]

What does thinking that “biology is destiny” mean? Is everything predetermined in your life and there’s nothing you can do to change it? If there’s no free will, there’s no point trying to make your own destiny, right? What a bummer. But it’s not true and it’s a truly dangerous […]

Director Kim Snyder Previews Her New Netflix Short Documentary “Lessons From A School Shooting”
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Director Kim Snyder Previews Her New Netflix Short Documentary “Lessons From A School Shooting”

So far this year over 380 people have died and over 1200 have been wounded in mass shootings in the US. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, there have been over 1600 mass shootings. Following director/producer Kim Snyder’s critically acclaimed documentary Newtown about the tragedy, she calls this film […]

It’s Time For Ilhan: Director Norah Shapiro Previews Her Powerful New Documentary [Exclusive]
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It’s Time For Ilhan: Director Norah Shapiro Previews Her Powerful New Documentary [Exclusive]

Political newcomer Ilhan Omar is the first person of Somali descent to be elected to a legislative office anywhere in the United States. Battling a 43 year incumbent and male challenger, also from the Somali-American community, Ilhan sets herself apart by demonstrating her enthusiasm and willingness to listen and learn from […]

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Ken Burns Explores Faith, Hope and Science in His New PBS Documentary “The Mayo Clinic”

Is the Mayo Clinic the greatest medical center in the world? Every year, over 1 million patients arrive from all 50 states and over 150 countries. Their guiding principal has always been: The needs of the patient come first. For namesake William Worrall Mayo, the scientific method, hard work and […]

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HBO Documentary Preview: (This Is) Jane Fonda In Five Acts

I had no idea Jane Fonda was this interesting, but I’ll have to blame that on my lack of imagination and knowledge of the facts of her life. Of course, I knew she was an actress. And I knew she was an activist. But what this documentary does so well […]

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POV Preview: Meet the Overlooked Heroes and “Survivors” of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

During the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the country received international press attention because healthcare workers from both Europe and the United States contracted the disease and were later diagnosed in their home countries. We all remember seeing the images of bodies being carried in white sheets on the news. The fear […]

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National Geographic’s “Science Fair” Preview: Meet the Kids [Exclusive]

In part 1 of my preview, I talked to co-director Darren Foster and research teacher Dr. Serena McCalla about the importance of science and why people should see this film. In this preview, it’s time to meet these talented and impressive young adults. Kashfia is a soft-spoken Muslim girl at […]

Intelligent Lives Director Dan Habib Previews His Documentary on Intellectual Disabilities and Shifting Paradigms [Exclusive]
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Intelligent Lives Director Dan Habib Previews His Documentary on Intellectual Disabilities and Shifting Paradigms [Exclusive]

According to the AAIDD, an intellectual disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 18. So, if someone has an intellectual disability, what kind of life can […]