FROM Libby Nelson
What’s the story behind those “I Voted” stickers? In a nation divided, we can all agree on one thing: “I Voted” stickers are awesome. They’ve been around since the 1980s and are a $30 million business per year.
How Pepe the Frog was co-opted by the alt-right In an election season that’s been criticized as cartoonish, it must be noted that actual cartoons are also playing a role. For example, Pepe the Frog. Pepe is a cartoon frog with sleepy eyes. He looks stoned and a bit self-satisfied. You may have encountered Pepe the Frog on the internet. It’s where he was born in a stoner web comic more than 10 years ago. But recently, Pepe’s been co-opted by racist elements of the alt-right. Pepe frequently shows up in anti-semitic and white supremacy memes which Donald Trump Jr. has tweeted. Now there is an official Pepe explainer on Hillary Clinton’s campaign website which warns that Pepe is, “more sinister than you might realize.”
Affordable College: The New American Dream Dental Surgery. Divorce. Decapitation. There are few things that are as painful as paying for college. With average student debt at $30,000 and the cost of college growing by about three to four percent a year, presidential hopefuls and educators are churning out proposals to lower college costs and make borrowing less painful . Some are rethinking college altogether to make it cheaper, shorter and more accessible. There’s also the idea of a three-year degree or making graduates who earn more pay more. But do any of these ideas go far enough to bring college back within reach of middle class families?
The State of Sex Education Condoms or chastity? Sex ed in this country has swung both ways, and now it’s somewhere in-between. Since Congress cut off funding for abstinence-only sex ed 5 years ago, states have implemented their own, different standards for teaching sex ed. The result: it’s not clear what American kids are learning.
The Art of Manufacturing, Apple's new headquarters What's one mile around, has a four-story glass door, and looks like a spaceship? DnA gets a tour of Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino. And we learn about Los Angeles' creative economy, and why LA is a hotbed for manufacturing.
Comedian Vir Das offers 'Abroad Understanding' After selling out stadiums in India, comedian and actor Vir Das is looking to break through in the US with his new Netflix special, Vir Das: Abroad Understanding. He tells us about making the jump from Bollywood to Hollywood and how he hopes his pointed humor can redefine expectations in India and America.
Comey firing: What we know now, where the FBI goes from here President Donald Trump is now contradicting his own letter to James Comey, and saying that he would have fired Comey regardless of the recommendation from his deputy attorney general. Also, how has all this news been affecting agents within the FBI?