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Why We Love Stephen Colbert: Straight Marriage Bans and Pretending Everybody's White

From Google Glass for the common folk to banning straight marriage, this is why we love Stephen Colbert.

You know those segments where Stephen Colbert nails the cultural zeitgeist so expertly that you have tears of laughter streaming down your cheeks? The above clip of The Colbert Report could be Exhibit A of why we love him.

Colbert kicks things off with the version of Google Glass that those of us who aren't BFF's with Sergey Brin are familiar with, and then segways to an epic interview with Donna Edwards, the Congresswoman for Maryland's 4th District, where Brin grew up. You see, it turns out that Maryland's 4th District is the first majority-black suburban district in America, making it, says Colbert, "the first suburb ever to be pulled over by the cops." When Edwards points out to Colbert that the district is very diverse, he replies, "I don't see race. I've evolved beyond that. I just pretend everybody's white."

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Artful Thinking: Maryland Middle School Proves Arts Ed Improves Grades and Behavior

Wouldn't you rather learn fractions by examining composition in Warhol's Campbell's soup paintings?

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Arts exposure makes students more altruistic, civically engaged, and socially tolerant. Need more proof of the transformation that happens when arts education is taken seriously in schools? Look no further than this inspiring profile of Bates Middle School, a public school in Annapolis, Maryland from our friends over at Edutopia. Bates has a full visual and performing arts program integrated across the curriculum and they've seen significant improvements in student behavior and academic performance.

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Can Chesapeake Oysters Evolve Their Way Out of Trouble?

The Chesapeake Bay's oyster colonies are in bad shape. But a new, disease-resistant population has emerged. Natural selection to the rescue! We hope.

When colonialists first settled in the Chesapeake Bay, oyster reefs made of old shells piled so high that they threatened to sink ships sailing into the harbor. In the late 1800s, the bay’s oyster population could filter enough water in three or four days to fill the entire Chesapeake Bay; now there are so few oysters in the bay that it would take a year for them to perform the same task. The population currently stands at one percent of historic levels.

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Where Is Four Loko Banned?

Four Loko is finally drawing the attention of the authorities. Where can you still get it?

Four Loko, the caffeinated alcoholic beverage that is putting people in the hospital around the country, is finally drawing the attention of the authorities. This is where it is banned, or will be banned. If you're interested in (responsibly) experimenting with it, avoid these states.

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