Top 5 most controversial figures in American history

Who were the most divisive Americans?

Richard Nixon on a television screen. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
  • Many of the most polarizing Americans were presidents.
  • Being controversial created complicated legacies.
  • Pop culture can also cause strong division.
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Culture & Religion

Cornel West: Hope Is an Action We Can All Take

Cornel West talks about everyday poets, being the best of the human species, hope, what wokeness really means, and revolution.

Institutions—governmental, religious, financial, even revolution itself—have a way of turning stale and sour. "Thank God for the history of the heretics and the blasphemers. That's my crowd," says Dr. Cornel West. Quoting from some of history and literature's greatest thinkers and doers, West presents a poetic lecture on the role of hope in America's past and its future, and how to make your voice matter.

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Can the "Lesbian Rule" Fight Weaponized Math?

Reviving the “Lesbian Rule” (which Aristotle wrote about, and was proverbial in Shakespeare's day) can help us handle a new kind of weaponized-math threat (that Cathy O’Neil calls “Weapons of Math Destruction”).

Illustration by Julia Suits, The New Yorker cartoonist & author of The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions

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Technology & Innovation

Experts Break Down Why NASA Is One of the Best Places to Work

It's not just the dope suits. A review says leadership plays a huge role at both the agency level and executive branch. 

The seven astronauts of NASA's Project Mercury, the United States' first human spaceflight program.

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Politics & Current Affairs

Federal Court Blocks Increased Overtime Pay for 4 Million Workers

A federal district court blocks new overtime pay rules, setting up a protracted legal battle.

An overtime rule that would have made more than 4 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay was blocked by a federal court. The rule, issued by the Obama administration, was supposed to go into effect on December 1st.

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