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As your trusted friend, we’re here with the “Reader’s Digest version” of social issues that impact the world around you. From gun violence statistics to the history behind the black power fist, and how to be an LGBTQ ally, our explainers will break it all down.

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What Does the Second Amendment Really Mean?

The answer to that question is as old as the country itself, and it continues to evolve as Americans debate the right balance of individual freedom and public safety.

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What Would It Take to Amend the Constitution?

It’s not easy to change the Constitution—and that’s exactly what the Framers intended.


20 Vintage Photos of What Voting Used to Look Like

Voting is a staple of American democracy—and in many cases, a hard-won right. These glimpses of past elections will remind...


Why Do Supreme Court Justices Serve for Life?

Our Founding Fathers had a very good reason for it, but in today’s world, even more is at stake.


What Does BIPOC Stand For? Why It’s Important to Know What This Acronym Means

Have you been seeing this term a lot lately? Here’s what it means and when you should—and shouldn't—use it.

13 Coronavirus Photos That Could End Up in History Books

One day, when the pandemic is long behind us, you might see one of these iconic photographs and everything will...


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13 Ways Coronavirus Is Different From All Epidemics Through History

We've seen a variety of pandemics and epidemics throughout history but COVID-19 is something else entirely.

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8 Geniuses Who Made History in Quarantine

These celebrated people emerged from plague, exile, months of bed rest, or wartime occupation with some seriously incredible work.


‘Trust Your Doubts’—The Prophetic Words of Nixon’s Speechwriter

A plea for more people who are willing to listen, to question, and to learn—and to not pass off their...


What Really Happened in Chappaquiddick? 15 Eerie Facts About the Shocking Ted Kennedy Scandal

In 1980, Reader's Digest commissioned reports on tidal conditions and the speed of the car on the night of the...


Faces of America: A Civil War Reenactment in Dublin, VA

Photographer Glenn Glasser meets passionate performers in Dublin, VA at the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain Civil War Reenactment.