What we’re reading

President Obama sat down with Bill Keller, Editor in Chief of the Marshall Project, to discuss the death penalty in America. The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization that seeks to inform the public about the injustices of the criminal justice system and incite reform through its work.

The Atlantic‘s “The Exemplary Narcissism of Snoopy” delves into the history of the Peanuts franchise, its author’s indignant nature, and the upcoming 3D animated movie. When the author Charles Schulz passed away in 2000, many thought the comic was done for, seeing as Schulz vowed that no new Peanuts strips would be produced. Fifteen years later, a feature-length movie is set to be released  on November 6th. Follow the evolution of the beloved characters throughout the decades in the piece.

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and activist, was planning an exhibit created from Legos when he ran into a roadblock: Lego refused his order. Ai took to social media–an integral tool he uses for activism and art–and told the world of the situation, claiming it’s an act of censorship. Ai still plans to go forward with the exhibit and has received Lego pieces from fans from all over the world, inspiring the hashtag #legosforweiwei.

Injustice at Universities Runs Deeper Than Names” explores the way in which universities that have benefited from the slave trade, like Brown, do and ought to discuss the lasting impact of the slave trade. Referencing recent works about race relations in the United States, the author implores universities to constantly assess their past and make proactive steps to reconcile past actions by committing to “educational-justice programs,” such as affirmative action.

The World Health Organization reported that processed meats like ham, bacon, and sausage increase the risk of colon cancer. Don’t fret too much, though, because they say the risk of getting colon cancer is only slightly increased. Experts stress that while it should inform your decision to eat such meats, it by no means is an extreme risk and shouldn’t cause you to radically alter your food choices.

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