A Bangladeshi immigrant teen living in Jackson Heights, Queens, is framed for shoplifting at a local department store. The New York Police Department brokers a deal with 18-year-old Naeem in exchange for immunity: spy on the local Muslim community for potential terrorist activity and we’ll keep you out of jail.


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Whenever I encounter a woman who wears the hijab, my pulse quickens. This subconscious reaction worsened after the 2016 presidential election — though not for the reasons you may think. I practice Islam, and I was born and raised in Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population. …


“Survivorship bias” in small business literature means that failures often go unpublished, and lessons are extracted from success stories alone.

The less sunny side of the startup grind can provide indispensable insight into survival, for half — if not more — of knowing what to do is knowing what not


The bigwigs of corporate America have gained a reputation as waste producers who underpay workers and exploit tax loopholes. …


Serial entrepreneur Miki Agrawal wants to debunk a taboo or two. She is the founder and CEO of THINX, maker of absorbent underwear designed specifically for menstruating women. When it first launched in 2014, the startup courted controversy for its display advertisements that used the word “period.”

The brand found…


My expectations of myself are outlandish, immeasurable, and patently egocentric. To actually achieve them would require me to exercise omnipotent mind-control over all human beings on the planet to ensure that each person finds me unwaveringly charming, funny, and deserving of every request I make of them.

But I didn’t…


Award-winning Pakistani-American playwright Bina Sharif instructs a roomful of Columbia University students to verbally attack one another.

“You are the majority, you are the ones who have power. Be ferocious!” she goads them. The students hesitate, shifting their weight from foot to foot while trying to hide embarrassed smiles.

Finally…


Podcast by Kindra Cooper

Prisoner rights advocates estimate that, on any given day, 4,000 inmates are held in solitary confinement in New York State prisons.

That number is expected to decrease to 3,000 under a settlement reached in December in a class action lawsuit bought against the state by…


China’s economic boom post-Tiananmen served to pacify the frustrated youth that had mounted the anti-Communist protests in 1989. But as the economy slows, Chinese millennials are overcoming what many refer to as state-induced amnesia.

The Communist Party machine guns and tanks that massacred hundreds — by some accounts, thousands —…

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