Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Richard Eskow, Mary Green Swig, Steven Swig: A Student Jubilee! Liberate 41 Million Americans From Crushing Loan Debt

We propose a Student Debt Jubilee which will forgive all $1.3 trillion in American student loans.  . President Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college education, and the broader discussion which … Continue reading

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Dawn Potter: Company Town

2011 E. B. Leisenring Jr., the scion of a powerful Pennsylvania coal family who led industry negotiators during a long and bitter mine workers’ strike in 1978, ignoring pleas by … Continue reading

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Six Years in an African Village: An Interview with Jill Kandel

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
A guest post from Lisa Ohlen Harris: I “met” Jill Kandel in 2006 when she submitted a wonderful essay to Relief Journal, where…

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Timothy Karr: Building an Internet Movement from the Bottom Up

‘In the end, the Internet is simply an effective tool for connecting people. Whether the network becomes a force for good or evil is up to its users.’ In the … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Brian Turner reads two poems

Iraq War veteran Brian Turner reads two poems at the 2006 Dodge Poetry Festival.

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Jose Padua: On the Distant Prospect of Three Mile Island

The distant prospect of Three Mile Island from the window of our hotel room this December day reminds me of how underrepresented my people have been in the popular culture … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone: Gaza in Arizona

How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: Annotating Books and Other Heresies

I grew up in an austere Protestant ethos in which the annotation of a book was desecration, as sinful as a Catholic mass. We were to cherish books and pass … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Kenneth Branagh reading “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen

Written in 1916 when Owen was a patient at Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh recovering from shell shock. The poem is a lament for young soldiers whose lives were lost in … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: Boko Haram

Nigeria, one of the richest and most prosperous countries in Africa, boasting of the most educated group of Africans on earth, the most populous, most powerful militarily, has offered little … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Which Spices Fight Inflammation?

Rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are some of the conditions that have been linked with higher levels of inflammation. Dr. Michael Greger reports on an elegant experiment to determine … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

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