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The Highlight

Vox’s home for ambitious stories that explain our world.

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The world to come

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Poor countries are developing a new paradigm of mental health care. America is taking note.

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AI experts are increasingly afraid of what they’re creating

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How one man quietly stitched the American safety net over four decades

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Will America continue to turn away from vaccines?

The incredible shrinking future of college

Are 8 billion people too many — or too few? 

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Back to the future

Rethinking old ideas about what we eat, where we live and work, and how we power our communities.

The future of the office is a lab

The wasted potential of garbage dumps

The end of a battery’s life matters as much as its beginning

Under the hood of the electric vehicle revolution

Inside the fantastical, pragmatic quest to make “hybrid” meat

Our buildings are making us sick

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Ruben Gallego’s ready for a fight — even if the Democratic Party isn’t

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The power and potential of Latino voters

Latino voters’ growing power, what the parties get right and wrong about them, and a brash Congress member on what Democrats need to do better.

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A practical guide to winning Latino voters

Los votantes latinos están siendo inundados con aún más desinformación

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Latino voters are being flooded with even more misinformation in 2022

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Yes, most Latinos are Christian. No, that doesn’t make them anti-abortion.

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How 2022 became the year of the Latina Republican

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The power of Hispanic voters, in 10 charts

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Democrats lost ground with Latino voters in 2020. Will the midterms be worse?

America’s fastest-growing, frequently misunderstood voting bloc

Men have fewer friends than ever, and it’s harming their health

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Welcome to the Friendship Issue of the Highlight

Inside this issue: The state of American friendship, its radical power, and advice for small talk and making your social battery work for you, even if you’re an introvert.

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The introvert’s guide to actually enjoying a party

It’s all about managing your social battery.

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Too many Americans live in places built for cars — not for human connection

How urban planning contributed to the great undoing of modern friendship.

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How to make small talk when you hate small talk

In defense of the much-maligned conversational form.

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The radical political power of friendship

It can help us push back against tyranny. Philosopher Hannah Arendt’s legendary cocktail parties were proof.

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So you want to end a friendship. Here’s what to consider.

Platonic breakups can be just as painful as romantic ones.

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Why friendship is different than any other relationship we have

As its role in society recedes, Vox asked six people to tell us why their friendship matters — and may just be the most meaningful relationship of their lives.

The power of silence in a deafening world

Why there’s more noise, and more kinds of it — and why it might be ruining our focus.

The rise of land acknowledgments — and their limitations

More institutions are making note of indigenous rights to land. Does it make a difference?

Climate fixes are all aimed at property owners. What about renters?

What if the suburbs were just a first draft?

Remote work, the arrival of home-owning millennials, and other forces can be an opportunity to remake them for the better.

A Black rodeo rewrites the story of the West

At the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, Black riders and fans bring a sense of swaggering cool to a culture overlooked by the history books.

The deadliest road in America

Being a pedestrian in the US was already dangerous. It’s getting even worse.

Welcome to the July issue of The Highlight

In this issue: How one Florida road became the deadliest in the nation for pedestrians; behind the scenes of a Black rodeo; the rise of the new suburbs; and more.

Women wanted to fly jets in combat. Breaking that barrier would be the fight of their lives.

In the early 1990s, few corners of the military were as misogynistic as the world of fighter pilots. These women Naval officers would break barriers to fly in combat.

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The economic case for abortion rights

Being able to access abortion is about all kinds of justice — economic justice included.

The land of the free leads the world in incarceration. Why?

The Juneteenth flag, explained

Democracy in America is a rigged game

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Some brand names have long perpetuated racism. Black Lives Matter is changing that.

The Cleveland Indians are reportedly the latest group preparing to abandon a stereotypical name, following the Washington Redskins and Aunt Jemima this summer.