Matt Petronzio is the Social Good Editor at Mashable, a leading source of news, information and resources for the connected generation. Based at the New York City headquarters, he leads coverage surrounding social impact, humanitarianism and world-changing innovation. He previously worked as the ...
It was a Thursday evening, and puppeteer Stacey Gordon was hard at work in her Phoenix, Arizona studio when she received the call of a lifetime. Matt Vogel, Sesame Street's Muppet Captain and Big Bird understudy, called to let Gordon know that the show's producers picked her to play Julia, the first-ever autistic Muppet and a new addition to the broadcast.
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh often starts her public speaking gigs by asking the audience to whip out their phones, do an image search of "Muslim women" and see what pops up. They usually gasp at the results - pages and pages of one-dimensional stock photos showing women behind black veils, failing to capture the diversity of Muslim experiences.
The Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah has many claims to fame. It's the sacred home to five Native American tribes, a popular spot for rock climbers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the U.S., and the location of tens of thousands of archaeological sites. But despite Bears Ears' importance