FIVE MYTHS

Challenging everything you think you know

Five myths about the child welfare system

No, most children in foster care haven’t been rescued from abuse

By Dorothy RobertsApril 15, 2022

Five myths about Yellowstone

No, Theodore Roosevelt didn’t create the park.

By Megan Kate NelsonMarch 2, 2022

Five myths about nursing

It’s not always better to be treated by a doctor than a nurse

By Rebecca SimikFebruary 3, 2022

Five myths about plastics

No, bioplastics are not (necessarily) more sustainable than conventional plastics.

By Rebecca AltmanJanuary 14, 2022

Five myths about the filibuster

No, it does not encourage moderation and debate.

By Norman OrnsteinJanuary 7, 2022

Five myths about the Arctic

No, it’s not “empty” or cut off from the rest of the world.

By Bathsheba DemuthDecember 23, 2021

Five myths about street gangs

No, gruesome initiations aren’t required, and yes, members can leave their gangs.

By Chandra BozelkoDecember 17, 2021

Five myths about babies

No, breast milk is not always better than infant formula.

By Alice CallahanDecember 2, 2021

Five myths about the supply chain

No, self-driving trucks wouldn’t fix all our problems

By Rob HandfieldNovember 24, 2021

Five myths about child care

In fact, all kinds of families want child care, and its cost has little to do with regulation.

By Elliot HaspelNovember 5, 2021

Five myths about highways

No, 94 percent of crashes aren’t caused by drivers’ errors.

By David ZipperOctober 22, 2021

Five myths about tax evasion

No, it’s not just the uber-rich avoiding taxes.

By Erin Adele Scharff and Kathleen DeLaney ThomasOctober 8, 2021

Five myths about electric vehicles

No, they aren’t only for rich people

By Rory CarrollSeptember 24, 2021

Five myths about Cuba

The U.S. embargo isn’t to blame for all its problems, and the island isn’t frozen in time.

By Ada FerrerSeptember 16, 2021

Five myths about the Taliban

It’s not really controlled by Pakistan, and it doesn’t have a plan for governing.

By Ashley JacksonAugust 27, 2021

Five myths about the Haitian Revolution

It wasn’t inspired by the French Revolution, and mosquitoes weren’t the deciding factor.

By Julia GaffieldAugust 4, 2021

Five myths about Osama bin Laden

He actually remained close with Taliban leaders — but not so much with Iranian officials.

By Peter BergenAugust 1, 2021

Five myths about marijuana

No, it doesn’t lead to violent crime, and no, those strains aren’t that different

By Christopher IngrahamJuly 15, 2021

Five myths about the Olympics

Actually, host cities lose money on the Games, and the athletes don’t get rich, either.

By Jules BoykoffJuly 9, 2021

Five myths about the NCAA

No, increasing student athletes’ compensation won’t turn off fans or conflict with Title IX.

By Kristi DoshJune 25, 2021