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Inspiration Intermission: The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

Katherine Switzer tells the story of how she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967.

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Katherine Switzer tells the story of how she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967, including how her boyfriend defended her when she was attacked by one of the marathon directors.

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Americans Are More Afraid of Muslims Now that Bin Laden Is Dead

Some optimists thought Osama's death would help combat Islamophobia. But a new survey reveals it's only made it worse.

When Osama bin Laden was pronounced dead in early May, the entire country erupted into one big frat party celebrating the demise of the United States' number one enemy. Progressive publications reminded everyone that the death of a man was no reason to celebrate, while others pointed out this may bring a sense of peace to 9/11's victims. One line in President Obama's nine-minute speech sought to distance the al Qaeda leader from the rest of the Islamic world: "Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims." Optimists hoped that Bin Laden's death was not just the culmination of a decade-long witch hunt, but also the end of some people's irrational prejudice toward Muslims.

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The New York Times' "Room for Debate" Continues Snubbing Minority Thinkers

In discussing the world's diverse population, the "paper of record" once again turns to a bunch of middle-aged white men.

We've told you before that the New York Times' "Room for Debate" section, in which thought leaders discuss the news of the day, has a problem when it comes to including diverse voices. Though the topics broached in Room for Debate are frequently near and dear to the hearts of people of all colors, for whatever reason, the Times has on several occasions neglected to include the opinions of even a single minority. We called it the paper's "white people problem"; Nation editor Chris Hayes called it their "non-white people" problem. Regardless of what you call it, it's a problem, and it doesn't appear to be getting any better.

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