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Washington was once quite literally a 'cesspool'

The history of Washington features plenty of mudslinging, fighting and division, and that's without even going inside Congress. Here's how the capital developed from the small, dirty, disorganized town it was in the 19th century into today's capital — and how that history still shapes the city.

Education

A professor's tweets lead to a debate on race and free speech

In the middle of graduation season, a free speech debate is playing out online — and on campus — at New England's largest university. Racially charged tweets from an incoming Boston University professor are raising questions about whether academics in the public eye should have the right to share their private opinions on social media.

Culture

Britain is nice and inoffensive, but doesn't really talk about race

I was born in Iran, but have been in Britain since I was 2. In Britain, we all pretend everyone is the same. In contrast to this, I just spent the year in New York. Oh my God, Americans talk about race so much. But by not talking about race in Britain, are we missing the importance of our differences?