Digipo: A ‘Wikipedia’ by College Students (Nieman Lab)

The Digital Polarization Initiative (Digipo) has piloted a claim-checking wiki for college students that helps them examine the online environments from which false claims originate.

Students collaborate to analyze and summarize topics from hate speech to neuroscience, in search of the truth. Read more in Nieman Lab.

Without Access to Opioids, Some Addicts Are Overdosing on Diarrhea Drugs (Atlantic)

A commonly overlooked side effect of opioid painkillers is constipation. The gastrointestinal consequences of the drugs have pushed addicts to wonder whether other constipation-causing medications elicit a similar high.

Loperamide, an opioid known by its brand name Imodium, is an over-the-counter treatment for diarrhea that can, in extremely high doses, produce a high or alleviate withdrawal symptoms. The cheap and legal opioid has contributed to rising overdoses. Read more in The Atlantic.

History of the Picnic: How the Whole Romantic Notion Ended Up Tabled (Atlantic)

For 250 years, picnics served as popular entertainment; as pleasure excursions or escapes from the city.

Today, they act as a “cultural memory” rather than activities. The Atlantic recounts the history of American picnics dating back to the eighteenth century and the Industrial Revolution.

The Man Behind the Conservative Pipeline to the Supreme Court (New Yorker)

United States Supreme Court buildingA man who has not held government office nor taught at a law school is now responsible for a third of the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Leonard Leo, the executive vice-president of the Federalist Society—a nationwide organization of conservative lawyers—has consistently recruited “ultra-conservative” judges through convening and networking.

Recently, Leonard’s role in court nominations has provoked vehement criticism from liberals. Read more in The New Yorker.