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When the River Caught Fire: A Brief History of Earth Day

Includes videos
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Donning a gas mask, a demonstrator participates in the first Earth Day celebration in 1970. (AP)


Quick quiz:

1. Which labor organization helped fund and organize the first Earth Day celebration?

2. Who made the following statement:

“Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions … It is a cause of particular concern to young Americans, because they, more than we, will wreak the grim consequences of our failure to act on programs which are needed now if we are to prevent disaster later.”

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Equal Pay Day: How Big is the Wage Gap Between Men and Women?

April 14 is Equal Pay Day, symbolizing the number of days into 2015 (in addition to all of 2014) that the average American woman would need to work in order to match what the average man made in 2014 alone, according to Department of Labor estimates.

Although the the gender wage gap has significantly narrowed in recent decades, it still persists to a notable degree. According to the DOL, women are paid on average 78 cents for every dollar made by a man. That gap is even wider for women of color. Continue reading

Where Does Your T-Shirt Come From? Follow Its Epic Global Journey [Visualization]

[Re-run Alert! A version of this post was first published in June 2013]

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A simple cotton T-shirt doesn’t seem so simple when you begin to trace the various steps in the now-standard vast global process from cotton farm to clothing shop.

The extraordinary success of “fast fashion” giants like H&M, Zana and Forever 21, lies squarely in the ability to produce a massive amount of clothing – billions of garments a year – in the cheapest, quickest manner possible. It may seem counterintuitive, then, to divide the process into manufacturing hubs scattered around the globe.  But when you factor in the dramatically lower labor and material costs offered by suppliers in developing countries, the global supply chain model begins to make more sense. Continue reading

In the Shadows of the Golden State: Who are California’s Undocumented Immigrants? [Illustrated Explainer]

Illegal! Unauthorized! Undocumented!

A lot of loaded terms are used to refer to the diverse group of more than 11 million immigrants who live in the United States without legal status.

Almost a quarter of this population lives in California. But who exactly are they? Where do they come from? And what impact do they have on the Golden State’s massive economy?

Comic illustrator Andy Warner explains. Read the full comic or view as a slideshow below.

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Interactive Map: See How the Ebola Outbreak Spread

It’s been over a year since the worst Ebola outbreak in history began to ravage the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. To date, the highly infectious virus has claimed the lives of nearly 10,000 recorded victims. And although the epidemic’s spread has significantly slowed, with patients confined to a shrinking geographic region, there’s still no known cure and more than 100 reported new cases each week, according to the World Health Organization. In the interactive map sequence below, Frontline traces the epidemic’s spread from its suspected emergence with Patient Zero back in December 2013.

Getting Hot in Here: The Beat of California’s Four-Year Drought

Drought infographicFlorida might not like to talk about climate change, but here in drought-stricken California, the topic’s not so taboo. Mired in year four of the worst drought on record, Californians are witnessing the climate literally change before their eyes. As the state nears the end of one of the warmest, driest winters on record, with Sierra snowpack and statewide reservoir water levels at alarming lows, the evidence is pretty hard to ignore.

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50 Years after “Bloody Sunday,” Still Miles to Go in March for Voting Rights

Selma to Montgomery march, 1965. (Bruce Davidson/Magnum)

Selma to Montgomery march, 1965. (Bruce Davidson/Magnum)

Thousands of marchers joined President Obama and other leaders this weekend in the small city of Selma, Alabama, where 50 years ago police violently attacked peaceful demonstrators demanding the right to vote. Continue reading

Portrait of Discrimination: Justice Department’s Scathing Findings on Race and Policing in Ferguson

African-Americans make up about two-thirds the population of Ferguson, Mo. but account for the vast majority of traffic stops, tickets and arrests, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In its six-month civil rights probe  the Justice Department found that the nearly all-white Ferguson Police Department routinely violated the constitutional rights (namely the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments) of the city’s black residents. Continue reading

Obama Task Force Calls for Reform and More Accountability in U.S. Police Departments

Includes California officer-involved fatality map
Day six of protests in Ferguson (Loavesofbread/Wikimedia)

Day six of protests in Ferguson, MO after a grand jury declined to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black man. (Loavesofbread/Wikimedia)

President Obama on Tuesday unveiled a report with dozens of recommendations for improving relations between police departments and the communities they serve, including calls for more accurate reporting of officer-involved fatalities and independent criminal investigations of those incidents. Continue reading

Every Police-Related Homicide Reported Last Year in California: Crowdsourced Map and Database

Database and maps by Kari Mah, story by Matthew Green

Timelapse: 156 reported officer-involved fatalities in California, 2014

In a series of highly publicized incidents in late 2014, white police officers killed unarmed black males, sparking widespread concern about the excessive use of force and drawing attention to the lack of reliable data on officer-involved fatalities. Continue reading