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5 stories about Public Discourse


How to win at civil debate

At the High School Ethics Bowl, polite discourse is a competitive sport

By Jenni Gritters


Teaching English in the shadow of the border wall

The kids in my ESL classes are, in many ways, regular teenagers. But some of them fear deportation every day.

By Kellye Hooks

First Person

When your real-life friend is your Facebook troll

‘Ross the Boss’ never used to talk politics. Something changed.

By Jim Sullivan


A park built for protest

Cleveland’s Public Square was designed with free speech in mind. So far, it’s working.

By Erick Trickey


Everybody loses it

The public temper tantrum feels more commonplace than ever. But there’s a way to control it.

By Alix Strauss