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Team Rubicon is a group of military veterans who volunteer to respond to natural disasters. They’re helping disaster victims - and helping each other heal.

Many people join the military to serve their country, and still feel called to serve after they get out. In some cases, they may have experienced trauma or have PTSD from their time in the armed forces. Enter Team Rubicon, the volunteer organization that’s responded to over 850 emergencies around the world - from earthquakes in Haiti to tornadoes in Missouri to typhoons in the Philippines. They provide a range of services from debris removal to emergency medicine. Through serving these communities, they help people in need - and often help themselves find purpose and recover from trauma.

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Should We Legalize Street Gangs?
Should We Legalize Street Gangs?
Social Change
Should We Legalize Street Gangs?
Gangs are a major cause of violence and organized crime. Here’s why countries should think twice before trying to smash…
By Dan Bier

Gangs are a major cause of violence and organized crime. Here’s why countries should think twice before trying to smash them.

Power of the Pack
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
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What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
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Wolves are not often thought of as service animals, but Wolf Connections is changing that perception while helping troubled youth in the process.  Wolf Connection is a wolf sanctuary that provides an education and empowerment program geared towards teens who are struggling through a variety of behavioral issues. At-risk youth from all walks of life learn about nature and conservation, they’re able to work through the challenges in their lives,…

Catalysts
Stopping Gang Violence with Love
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Stopping Gang Violence with Love
This nonprofit is doing the impossible - finding the 10% of gang members responsible for 90% of the crime, and leading them to successful, positive lives.
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#fixingjustice - Re-entry
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
#fixingjustice - Re-entry
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
CBT is a promising way to reduce violence, so why has it been so hard to scale?
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CBT is a promising way to reduce violence, so why has it been so hard to scale?

Criminal Justice Week
Freethink's 2019 Criminal Justice Week
Freethink's 2019 Criminal Justice Week
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Freethink's 2019 Criminal Justice Week
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There has never been this much energy and momentum behind criminal justice reform as there is today. In nearly every aspect, there is excitement and renewed optimism about delivering real reforms to help those who have suffered from a broken system for far too long. Freethink’s Criminal Justice Reform Week is focused on highlighting the most innovative reformers and ideas that are making real progress in reforming our criminal justice…

Dispatches
Why We Need a Universal Flu Vaccine
Why We Need a Universal Flu Vaccine
Dispatches
Why We Need a Universal Flu Vaccine
Two scientists explain why the flu is still such a problem, a century after it killed 50 million people —…
By Ian Setliff and Amyn Murji

Two scientists explain why the flu is still such a problem, a century after it killed 50 million people — and what we can do stop it.

Dispatches
Why a Third of Antidepressants Are Prescribed for "Off-label" Problems
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Dispatches
Why a Third of Antidepressants Are Prescribed for "Off-label" Problems
The "secret life of antidepressants" could open up a host of new treatments.
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The "secret life of antidepressants" could open up a host of new treatments.

Change Agents
The Violinist Playing for Freedom in Venezuela
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When Wuilly Arteaga, a Venezuelan violin virtuoso, joined protests with just his instrument, he was beaten and arrested. But that hasn’t stopped him from using music to help bring freedom to his country.

Wrong
Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
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Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
To address rising health problems in the 1980s, scientists and policymakers developed the US Food Pyramid to encourage healthy eating.…
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To address rising health problems in the 1980s, scientists and policymakers developed the US Food Pyramid to encourage healthy eating. But despite a massive public education campaign, obesity and diabetes continued to rise. What happened? How did we get it so… wrong?