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Peter Temin: Mass Incarceration’s Dangerous New Equilibrium

A new model probes why the US leads the world in jailing and imprisoning people, and what it will take to reverse course. Mass incarceration in the United States has … Continue reading

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Jose Padua: Marquee Moon

This is a poem for all the nobodies who got fucked over by someone with a name and became ghosts, who once held blueberries and radishes and tiny animals in … Continue reading

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Video: Best Food to Counter the Effects of Air Pollution

. Nutrition expert Dr. Michael Greger says that there is a food that offers the best of both worlds, significantly improving our ability to detox carcinogens like diesel fumes and … Continue reading

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Teresa O’Connor: Decolonize Your Diet

Love your Mexican food? Traditional indigenous food from Mexico is misunderstood in the U.S.—and is actually among the world’s healthiest. Pre-colonist cuisine was entirely gluten-free, dairy-free, and meat and fish were … Continue reading

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Video: Operatico Politico vs Trump (Rossini Edition)

. Opera singers Rebecca Nelsen and Eric Stoklossa of Operatico Politico brilliantly summarize the Trump administration with a little help from Rossini. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to … Continue reading

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Video: W.S. Merwin reads “Yesterday”

. W.S. Merwin reads his poem “Yesterday.” Produced by David Grubin Productions and WGBH Boston, in association with the Poetry Foundation. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. — … Continue reading

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Leonard Gontarek: War on the Natural World

Miss America calls to tell me to look closely at the trees, the cocoons like balls of cotton sunk in the leaves.   The people of the town wearing nets … Continue reading

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Sarah van Gelder: To the Millions Who Have Stood Up to the Trump Administration — Thank You

The Republican health care bill is dead. Good riddance. The bill was so harsh that even Donald Trump called the House version “mean.” And yet, this legislation was stopped at … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

A.E. Housman: Yonder See the Morning Blink

  Yonder see the morning blink: The sun is up, and up must I, To wash and dress and eat and drink And look at things and talk and think … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: What We Do — Jane Austen’s Tenner

On Tuesday’s 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen – 1775-1817 – U.K. officials unveiled their new £10 banknote featuring “the mother of the great tradition of the English … Continue reading

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Margaret Klein Salamon: The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid

Why being fearful can be part of a healthy, heroic response to the climate crisis. Last Week, David Wallace-Wells wrote a cover story for of New York Magazine, “The Uninhabitable … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: He Came That Way

each day with the sheep, where the clear water from the spring enters the darker water of the river, that very place where it whirls and whorls and makes a … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Charlotte Mew: May 1915

Let us remember Spring will come again To the scorched, blackened woods, where the wounded trees Wait with their old wise patience for the heavenly rain, Sure of the sky: … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Peter Van Buren: How to Sustain Perpetual War? Easy — Hide the Bodies

Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of policy, … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: On Hearing That FBI Anti-Terrorism Agents Spied on the Thomas Merton Center

For Molly Moore Rush   Pacifism is dangerous. Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk who rose above his Seven-Storey Mountain to the Buddhist peaks of Nepal, was electrocuted by a faulty … Continue reading

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Neal Gabler: Trump Bet Americans Would Like His Un-Presidential Antics. He May Be Right.

Is America one big con game? Political pundits have been intoxicated lately by explanations as to why Democrats always seem to be behind the eight ball — never mind that … Continue reading

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