Repair Inspiration: NY Times Rocks Women’s History Month

You know that thing where you wish something existed, and then you find out that it does? That’s how I felt upon discovering the New York Times’ treasure trove of stories, stats, and resources about women for Women’s History Month.

The page links to videos (like this one about the inimitable Malala Yousafzai), and historical articles dating back to 1915 (yep, 100 years ago!) featuring NY Times coverage of stories like women getting the right to vote (1919), Amelia Earhart’s historic flight (1928) and the naming of Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female Supreme Court Justice (1981). It also links to current articles, crossword puzzles, and lesson plans for teachers who want to use the material in their classrooms.

So basically, they harnessed the entirety of the New York Times’ archival and educational power and used it to lift up women’s stories and influence. Yeah. That’s pretty much just as cool as it sounds.

We are halfway through Women’s History Month, which gives you plenty of time to use and share this incredible resource. Let us know what you discover by tweeting us at @repairtheworld #womenshistorymonth.

Repair Inspiration: Just Say No to Food Waste

When it comes to food in America, two things are clear: we love it and we love to waste it. Each year, American families waste an average of 25% of the food that they buy. That includes the carrot tops, bread ends, and other scraps not used while cooking, and the leftovers that go bad in the fridge before they get eaten. And this number does not even account for the tens of thousands of pounds of food thrown away each year by restaurants and other food service companies.

Now, two very different entities – a chef and a city government – are trying to change that. In Seattle, a new composting law slaps households that do not adequately compost their leftover food with a fine and red tag on their garbage cans. Meanwhile, in New York City, the innovative chef, Dan Barber, (of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns), is working on a high profile, temporary pop up restaurant where every dish will be made from leftovers – stems, peels, bones, and the like. The clever name for the pop up? WastED.

The New York Times reported about both of these compelling stories. Check out the excerpts below and read the whole articles at their website.

Starve a Landfill
By: Kim Severson

“SEATTLE — The nation’s first citywide composting program based largely on shame began here in January. City sanitation workers who find garbage cans filled with aging lettuce, leftover pizza or even the box it came in are slapping on bright red tags to inform the offending household (and, presumably, the whole neighborhood) that the city’s new composting law has been violated.

San Francisco may have been the first city to make its citizens compost food, but Seattle is the first to punish people with a fine if they don’t. In a country that loses about 31 percent of its food to waste, policies like Seattle’s are driven by environmental, social and economic pressure.

But mandated composting reflects a deeper shift in the mood of the nation’s cooks, one in which wasting food is unfashionable. Running an efficient kitchen — where bruised fruit is blended into smoothies, carrot tops are pulsed into pesto, and a juicy pork shoulder can move seamlessly from Sunday supper to Monday’s carnitas to a rich pot of broth for the freezer — is becoming as satisfying as the food itself.” Read more.

Chef Lineup Announced for Dan Barber’s Food Waste Pop-Up, Wasted
By: Florence Fabricant

“A high-profile experiment in wasting nothing will start on March 13 at Dan Barber’s Blue Hill restaurant in Greenwich Village. That’s when the restaurant will turn into a pop-up called wastED, to run through the end of the month, with a menu of dishes devised from leftovers like stems, peelings, rinds and bones, by a roster of guest chefs who will change each evening.” Read more.

This Week in Links 3.6.15

The Limits of Talking About Privilege to Teenagers

Falling out of love with stop-and-frisk

Leonard Nimoy’s Advice To A Biracial Girl In 1968

Leonard Nimoy On Mr. Spock’s Jewish Heritage

A Painstaking New Study Reveals the Persistence of U.S. Racial Segregation

In Brooklyn, First Comes Gentrification, Then a Food Co-op

Targeting Inequality, This Time on Public Transit

Is income inequality harmful?

Why Don’t Convenience Stores Sell Better Food?

How Boycotts Hurt the Cities They Are Supposed to Help

Social networks and the spread of disease

How Real-Estate Brokers Can Profit From Racial Tipping Points

Are The Racial Disparities In Ferguson’s Traffic Stops Unusual?

Why Are We Still Calling Postal Workers ‘Mailmen’?

To Fight Inequality, Tax Land

When the Path to Homeownership Runs Through Public Housing

Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Social Justice Educators

The Trashiest Map of the Week


The Politics of Obesity: A Current Assessment and Look Ahead

The Gangsters of Ferguson

How to Solve the Diversity Problem at NYC’s Elite Public Schools

The Alarming Impact Busy Roads Have on Cognitive Development


With Less Pollution, L.A. Kids Are Growing Stronger Lungs

How Gentrifiers Change the Definition of a Neighborhood

This Police Brutality Map Shows ‘Ferguson Is Everywhere’

The World Of Children’s Books Is Still Very White

Why Boston’s Girl Scout Cookies Suck Compared to NYC’s

9 Super-Annoying Things You Do At Restaurants, According to Restaurant Workers

The Snow-Eating (-Flinging, -Melting, -Destroying) Machines Philly Ought to Have

This Week in Links 2.27.15

First lady: Education is most important civil rights issue

The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit
All over America, people have put small “give one, take one” book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down.

We Lock Up Tons of Innocent People—and Charge Them for the Privilege

The Past Perfect
It’s absurd to question Obama’s patriotism. But Rudy Giuliani is right that Obama isn’t like his predecessors.

At New York Private Schools, Challenging White Privilege from the Inside

Rich people sleep better than poor people, study finds

Straight Talk for White Men

Shelter Resists Order to Stop Helping All It Can

Why Schools are Failing Our Boys

Education & age divide American religion — 44 religious groups in one graph

America’s Most Economically Segregated Cities

The Changing Nature of Middle-Class Jobs

In the Shadow of Gentrification

When Whites Get a Free Pass: Research Shows White Privilege Is Real

Affirmative Action and the Quality-Fit Tradeoff

What Cities Are Doing—or Not—to Promote Equal Pay

Blowing Up What ‘Success’ Means in Inner-City Education Reform
The new documentary Southeast 67 tracks 67 kids from Southeast D.C. who were granted college scholarships in the 1990s.

Millennials don’t want to run for office

Fiction, Charter Fiction, and Damned Lies

The Gentrification Effect

Sheep, Simplicity and Losing the Point

What Patricia Arquette got wrong at the Oscars

Locked Up for Being Poor
How private debt collectors contribute to a cycle of jail, unemployment, and poverty

Can Bipartisanship End Mass Incarceration?

African Emoji CEO: Apple ‘Missed The Whole Point’ With Its Diverse Emojis

How to Make College Cheaper

When Your Religion Makes You Too Uncool to Work at Abercrombie