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Brian S. McGrath

Brian McGrath is Senior Editor of TIME Edge. He joined the staff in 2015. During his 20 years of classroom experience, he has been a middle school ELA teacher in the New York City public schools, a writing instructor at the Univeristy of Arizona and Rutgers University, and a literature professor at Claremont McKenna College. Brian holds a PhD in literature from Rutgers University, in New Jersey. He spends his free time reading, writing essays, and visiting art museums.

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Fires in Australia

January 9, 2020

Since September, bush fires have been burning in Australia. Drought and a heat wave are feeding the flames. Officials say this fire season is one of the worst in the country’s history. “We have no idea where this is going…

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Frederick Douglass

January 1, 2020

In the years leading up to the Civil War, Frederick Douglass (February 1818—February 20, 1895) was the most powerful speaker and writer of the abolitionist movement. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland. He was raised by…

United States

Impeachment Update

December 6, 2019

Nancy Pelosi made a big announcement on December 5. She said the U.S. House of Representatives will begin writing a document called the “articles of impeachment” against President Donald Trump. “The president’s actions have clearly violated the Constitution,” Pelosi says.…

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Fighting Food Ads

December 4, 2019

Food companies engineer junk food to make it addictive. They label their products to make them seem healthier than they are. And their advertisements target children. This is what students in a Texas middle school learned. They were taking part…

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Rare Animal Rediscovered

November 27, 2019

A tiny deerlike animal has been rediscovered in Vietnam. This is according to a paper published on November 11. The silver-backed chevrotain had not been seen since 1990. “For so long, this species has seemingly only existed as part of…

Technology

Drones in Space

November 8, 2019

In 2005, scientists saw close-up pictures of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The pictures were snapped by a space probe. They showed mountains and dunes. There were riverbeds and lakes, too. That got scientists excited. Where there’s liquid, there could be…

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GM Strike Ends

November 1, 2019

General Motors (GM) workers approved a new contract with the company on October 26. This ended a 40-day autoworker strike. When employees have a dispute with their employer, they may go on strike. They protest by refusing to work. The…

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Youth in Action

October 10, 2019

Leading climate activists gathered at the United Nations (U.N.) Youth Climate Summit, in New York City, on September 21. Of about one thousand attendees, 42 were under the age of 18. They were invited to the summit after being nominated…

World

Cleaning Up the Ocean

October 10, 2019

The Ocean Cleanup has a system for removing plastic from the sea. The group ran into problems early on. But now the system is up and working. “I am very proud to share with you that we are now catching…

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Hope for Tigers

September 20, 2019

In 2010, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued bad news: The world tiger population had hit an all-time low. Poaching and habitat loss had taken their toll. In just 10 years, half of the world’s tigers had disappeared. Only 3,200…

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