By Christopher Dare

The robots are coming! The robots are coming! And they’re coming for our jobs, according to the headlines. It’s a common saying here in Silicon Valley that no matter what job you do, there’s a startup working hard to automate it.

You might be skeptical that a machine is about to take over your career. But tech experts are concerned. Here at AJ+, we’re looking into the future of work with a new series, Robot Revolution. …

Clashes, natural disasters and political gaffes have dominated the headlines in 2017. But when we asked our staff to give us their top picks for AJ+ videos and projects, we found that much of what we covered was inspiring, heartwarming and just plain fun, while other powerful projects helped us all understand some of the major crises in our world.

Sit back and take a look at some of the stories you may have missed this year, and why they stood out to these producers.

The way the poet connects sports with the history of injustice and the struggle…

By Daniel Alvarenga

Women in El Salvador protest the country’s total ban on abortion.

The Trump administration tried everything it could to stop a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant from getting an abortion while in detention. Identified as “Jane Doe” to protect her privacy, she’s been detained in a south Texas immigration facility since September after crossing the southern border.

This week, she won the legal battle to get an abortion while in detention, after being forced by law into religiously affiliated counseling and prevented by federal officials from leaving detainment to get the procedure. …

Demonstrators march for immigrants’ rights in Los Angeles.

By Daniel Alvarenga

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, and every year a debate rages about what to call people of Latin American and/or Spanish-speaking origins. Categorizing Latinx and Hispanic people has long been a controversial, messy process in the United States.

Let’s start by defining what each term means:

  • Latinx: Someone who can trace their heritage to at least one of 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Portuguese-speaking Brazil. This identity is tied to geography and excludes Spain.
  • Hispanic: Someone whose heritage includes Spanish-speaking people — from anywhere, including Spain. This identity is tied to language and excludes…

By Jess Ramirez

Hollywood may need a new hashtag to address all of the sexual assault and harassment allegations that have surfaced recently.

A New York Times investigation revealed decades of sexual harassment allegations against Oscar-winning studio executive and producer, Harvey Weinstein.

Woody Allen and Harvey Weinstein at the 2008 premiere of the film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

Weinstein responded with a bizarre statement regarding the allegations in which he quoted Jay-Z, and talked about the NRA. The tone of his response makes it clear that this culture to which he refers is alive and well.

By Michelle Klug

As Florida braces to be hit by one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, you’d think the state’s lawmakers would be talking about climate change. Or, they might be advocating for climate-friendly policies and talking urgently about the impact of sea-level rise and increasingly strong hurricanes.

But Florida’s top lawmakers don’t believe in climate change, even as it comes banging on the door.

By Hadley Robinson

It’s the day after Labor Day, and the Houston area is attempting to return to normal. The highways are full during morning rush hour. Most streets are dry. Businesses are open. People are trying to go back to work.

But off the highways, down neighborhood streets, on rural roads, in shelters, it’s clear that normal is a long way off.

Piles form in front yards where people spent Labor Day weekend gutting the insides of their homes. Insulation, drywall, couches, tables, toys and dolls decorate the lawns. …

By Dolly Li

There’s a funny bit of insider knowledge hidden in the Chinese takeout menu above. Take a minute to find it. If you haven’t figured it out yet, here it is:

By Michelle Klug

Extreme heat. Drought. Super storms. Rising seas. Toxic air. What sounds like the plot of a Michael Bay movie is the reality in the U.S. right now thanks to climate change. But not all Americans experience these symptoms equally.

Neighborhoods and areas with large black populations are feeling the effects of climate change more strongly. A lot of that has to do with real estate: proximity to coastlines or the extreme heat in dense, urban areas makes people more vulnerable. Many black communities ended up in these areas as a result of segregation and policies like redlining…

By Kaitlyn Brennan

If you read articles about my condition, you’d think I’m a mysterious, bendy party trick who could slay on the dance floor. Media portray my rare condition like a glamorous superpower, but for me, it makes life hell. Every day, I face joint dislocations, fainting and unrelenting pain.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a rare connective tissue disorder that weakens the glue holding my joints, organs and skin together. It can cause stretchy skin, rubbery joints, dislocations and chronic pain. There are different types of EDS with varying degrees of severity. I have type 3, or the hypermobility…


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