Stories By Nicholas Kristof

  • Daryl Davis, 63, is a Black musician with an unusual calling: He hangs out with Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis and chips away at their racism.
  • Kristof: The biggest threat to America is America itself In terms of our well-being at home and competitiveness abroad, the blunt truth is that America is lagging. In some respects, we are sliding toward mediocrity.
  • The world has failed to intervene, or pay attention to, a brutal ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia. President Joe Biden can change that.
  • Women today outnumber men in colleges, in law schools and in medical schools. Yet while women seem better credentialed than men, their careers and incomes have stagnated.
  • A basic principle of getting out of a hole is to stop digging. A basic principle of peace-building is to stop committing war crimes.
  • Kristof: In Afghanistan, schools the tools to win the war In the long run, a girl with a book is a greater threat to extremism than a drone overhead.
  • I’m not sure it’s possible to get any gun legislation through Congress right now, and certainly not a ban on assault weapons.
  • Kristof: What can Biden’s plan do for poverty? Look to Bangladesh Biden will have done for children something analogous to what Franklin Roosevelt did for older adults with Social Security.
  • Kristof: School closures have failed America’s children As a nation, we fought to keep restaurants and malls open — but we didn’t make schools a similar priority, so needy children were left behind.
  • Kristof: What are sperm telling us? Endocrine disrupters are everywhere: plastics, cosmetics, cushions, pesticides, canned foods and ATM receipts.
  • Kristof: These women confront dictators. Why can’t we? The United States has been particularly complacent about human rights in Saudi Arabia.
  • Kristof: Fox News should be on trial with Trump We can’t impeach Fox or put Carlson or Sean Hannity on trial in the Senate, but there are steps we can take to create accountability not only for Trump but also for fellow travelers at Fox, OANN, Newsmax and so on.
  • Kristof: In Biden plan, a shot to address child poverty President Joe Biden included a proposal in his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that one study says would cut child poverty by half.
  • Kristof: A letter to my conservative friends Conservative friends, fear not: We’re not plotting to lock you up in detention camps. But you’ve been scammed in ways that have hurt the country we all love.
  • Kristof: In patriotic prose, fomenting insurrection I’ve covered attempted coups in many countries around the world, and now I’m finally covering one in the United States.
  • Kristof: Pastor, can white evangelicalism be saved? An interview with the Rev. Jim Wallis, an evangelical Christian pastor, author and justice activist.
  • Kristof: Keeping schools open one thing Trump got right Trump has been demanding for months that schools reopen, and on that he seems to have been largely right.
  • Kristof: Trump was right on opening schools Schools, especially elementary schools, do not appear to have been major sources of coronavirus transmission.
  • Opinion: When a president sabotages his own country Trump has done what the Russians have always tried to do: destabilize the United States.
  • Kristof: Er, can I ask a few questions about abortion? Why the obsessive focus today?