Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof: A ‘lost boy’ battles AK-47s with education

MARIAL BAI, South Sudan — If there’s a world center of despair, it may be South Sudan, enveloped in an increasingly brutal war in which children are raped and then burned alive. But against that grim backdrop, one local man has undertaken a journey that is an affirmation of hope, inspiration and the transformative power […]

July 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Chemicals in your popcorn?

What do a pizza box, a polar bear and you have in common? All carry a kind of industrial toxicant called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that do two things: They make life convenient, and they also appear to increase the risk of cancer. The scientists I interviewed say that they try to avoid […]

June 18, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Our water-guzzling food factory

Let’s start with a quiz. Which consumes the most water? A) a 10-minute shower B) a handful of 10 almonds C) a quarter-pound hamburger patty D) a washing machine load The answer? By far, it’s the hamburger patty. The shower might use 25 gallons. The almonds take up almost a gallon each, or close to […]

June 02, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Our biased brains

To better understand the roots of racial division in America, think about this: The human brain seems to be wired so that it categorizes people by race in the first one-fifth of a second after seeing a face. Brain scans show that even when people are told to sort people by gender, the brain still […]

May 08, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Enjoying the low life?

The United States is the most powerful colossus in the history of the world: Our nuclear warheads could wipe out the globe, our enemies tweet on iPhones and kids worldwide bop to Beyoncé. Yet let’s get real. All this hasn’t benefited all Americans. A newly released global index finds that America falls short, along with […]

April 14, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A Little Respect for Dr. Foster

One sign of a landmark shift in public attitudes: A poll last year found that Americans approved more of gays and lesbians (53 percent) than of evangelical Christians (42 percent). That’s partly because some evangelical leaders were intolerant blowhards who give faith a bad name. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson famously blamed the 9/11 terror […]

March 29, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Cosby, Virginia and rape

The world’s wrath and revulsion seem to be focused on Bill Cosby these days, as he goes in the public mind from “America’s Dad” to an unofficial serial rape suspect. Yet that’s a cop-out for all of us. Whatever the truth of the accusations against Cosby — a wave of women have now stepped forward […]

November 30, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: When reporting is dangerous

My heart broke for Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist beheaded in Syria, not only because of the barbarity the Islamic State group inflicted on him but also because he died trying to push back against the trend in news coverage. Over the past couple of decades, we’ve all seen trivialization of news, a drift […]

September 05, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Is a hard life inherited?

YAMHILL, Ore. — One delusion common among America’s successful people is that they triumphed just because of hard work and intelligence. In fact, their big break came when they were conceived in middle-class American families who loved them, read them stories, and nurtured them with Little League sports, library cards and music lessons. They were […]

August 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Fighting Ebola for us all

On July 23, Dr. Kent Brantly woke up with a fever. He immediately quarantined himself, and three days later a test confirmed his nightmare. He had the Ebola virus. Brantly, 33, emailed a friend and said that he was “terrified,” for he knew better than anyone the horror of the virus. He had been treating […]

August 07, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Our blind spot about guns

If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents. Instead, we’ve reduced the fatality rate by more than 95 percent — not by confiscating cars, but by regulating them and their drivers sensibly. We could have said, […]

August 03, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: The world’s coolest places

Travel season is here, when so many Americans decamp to Cape Cod or the Jersey Shore. All of which is wonderful, and someday I plan to do a 10-part series on the world’s best beaches. But travel also can be an education, a step toward empathy and international understanding. So for those with an adventurous streak […]

July 30, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Nigerian girls are still missing

It has been almost three months since Islamic militants in northern Nigeria attacked a school that was giving exams and kidnapped more than 250 girls — some of the brightest and most ambitious teenagers in the region. Their captors have called them slaves and threatened to “sell them in the market.” The girls were last […]

July 17, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Where the GOP gets it right

Republicans may seem like ultimate Scrooges. Many want to slash food stamps, unemployment benefits and just about any program that helps the needy. So they know nothing about poverty, right? Wrong. Actually, conservatives have been proved right about three big ideas of social policy. Liberals may grimace, but hear me out on these points: * […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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