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Judi Mitchell: How to be Wise

[At Vox Populi we specialize in exposing problems and proposing solutions, but our friend Judi Mitchell points out that it may be more important to be wise than to be right. … Continue reading

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Video: Act of Love — Animal Courtships Performed By Humans

In this advertisement for Japanese condom manufacturer Sagami Industries, humans enact animal courtship rituals, demonstrating a grace and beauty rarely seen in our species. .

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Doug Anderson: The Shoplifter

When the security guard Grabbed him by his jacket When he ran He wriggled out of it Left the guard Holding it, like a lizard’s tail In a cat’s mouth. … Continue reading

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Ellen McGrath Smith: Shaken 126 — O thou my lovely boy who in thy power

  The beauty of me Dost hold Time’s fickle glass his fickle hour is that I’m very rich and my women are beautiful. My fingers are long and beautiful, as, … Continue reading

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Adam Johnson: US-Led Airstrike Kills as Many Civilians as Nice Attack–But Gets Scant Coverage in US Media

A coalition airstrike reported on Tuesday that killed at least 85 Syrian civilians—one more than died in the Nice attack in France last week—wasn’t featured at all on the front … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Melania Trump says, “Let my people go!” and other good stuff

. Just when you think that American political discourse could sink no lower, a former bikini model who would be First Lady takes the national stage and delivers a plagiarized … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

John Clare: I Love to See the Summer Beaming Forth

Sonnet I love to see the summer beaming forth And white wool sack clouds sailing to the north I love to see the wild flowers come again And mare blobs … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Dr. Michael Greger: Survival of the Fittest — Exercise as Medicine

Physical inactivity has been called the biggest public health problem of the 21st century. Of course just because someone calls it that doesn’t mean it’s true, in fact physical inactivity … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: My War as a Clarinetist

“One time, the band played a welcoming ceremony for these grunts – and I mean they walked right out of the bush and into “Stars and Stripes Forever.”  John Samuel … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 2 Comments

Joaquin Sapien: Rough Passage — Abuse, Neglect and Death Aboard Private Prison Vans

“It’s like the airport shuttle from hell.” That’s how Zachary Raines described his experience as a guard escorting inmates to jails and prisons around the country to Marshall Project reporters … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Ofrin – “Sleep Alone”

Ofrin performs “Sleep Alone” at Sofar Berlin on November 21st, 2011.

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Bob Ziller: Radio

Over the years, occasionally someone will ask about my religious affiliation, to which I reply: “Well, my mother’s Catholic and my father’s Jewish, but I pretty much just listened to … Continue reading

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Sharon Doubiago: Bagdad, April 17, 2003

  I wake in the night to my father, the end of the world again. Lightning strikes, rain pours down our bombs. I confess I want to live. I want—bomb … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nika Knight: Riot Police Swarm Cleveland as FBI Tells Protesters Not to Show at the Republican Convention

Authorities in Cleveland, Ohio, are adding fuel to an already “combustible” atmosphere, some activists say, as the city readies extra jail space and courtrooms and shuts down a local university … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

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