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Anatomy of a Crush


Kyle came to the first day of a university radio lab I was teaching with a simple, jaw-dropping proposition: He had a crush on a guy he’d never met and he wanted to record …


Oula’s Dilemma

Oula, a Damascus native, must decide whether to stay in a war zone, take care of her father and pray that they can survive—or she can use a relative’s help to get herself a visa to America, and leave her father to die alone


Today I sat on the steps of the grand mosque in downtown Beirut and tightly embraced my friend…


The Boundaries of Love in Jerusalem

David and Eyad met online, started talking, and decided to meet. The problem: David is Israeli; Eyad is Palestinian.


At the Israeli army checkpoint, David barely slowed down. His pale skin, blue eyes and confident smile identified him as an Israeli. Even when Israeli soldiers signaled to him to stop or slow down…


Knowing When to Lie to the Ones You Love

By Sarah Golden


Kirsty is the one I turn to when all other doors slam shut.

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Consider, for a moment, your nose. For the vast majority of us whose noses might be a plastic surgeons ‘before’ shots, we some how make peace with our profiles and…


Anatomy of a Crush


Kyle came to the first day of a university radio lab I was teaching with a simple, jaw-dropping proposition: He had a crush on a guy he’d never met and he wanted to record …