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George Monbiot: Smoke and Mirrors

Pollution, as scandals on both sides of the Atlantic show, is a physical manifestation of corruption. In London, the latest figures suggest that it now kills more people than smoking. … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Gargano: Harvest

One morning the crows settle on the corn in our garden, dark flames on the candled stalks. . I plant a broom in the earth, straw end up, wrap it … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Food as Medicine — Preventing and Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet

Dr. Michael Greger has scoured the world’s scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and developed this new presentation based on the latest in cutting-edge research exploring the role diet plays in … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: Where is our Jeremy Corbyn?

The politics of Jeremy Corbyn, elected by a landslide to lead Britain’s Labour Party after its defeat at the polls last May, are part of the global revolt against corporate … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: Emergency Art

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been to the emergency room in the past 18 months. But i’m good at it now. Sad and tired of knowing … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: On Pope Francis’ Visit to America

Pope Francis is coming to America. I’m Catholic. I unabashedly love this guy. Whether he makes any difference or not, that is another question. Christianity in particular, religion in general, … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Legends and the Way We Used to Live

When I was young they told me the legend of the spontaneously combusting hogs. How they’d burst into flames and become roast pork right in the middle of the road, … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Audio: “Boplicity” by Miles Davis

No single figure has influenced the evolution of American jazz more than trumpeter Miles Davis. A member of the music scene of his native St. Louis from the young age … Continue reading

September 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Pulp Fiction and the Birth of the Cool

Matt Zoller Seitz and his colleagues at Indiewire’s Press Play have created a series of 10 -12 minute video essays (collectively called “On the Q.T.”) that explore individual Tarantino films and … Continue reading

September 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Hedrick Smith asks “Can We Heal Our Great Divide?”

An investigative journalist explores the cause of economic disparity in the United States, its effects, and what we can do to correct our course as a country. In the earlier … Continue reading

September 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Donald Trump explains “Citizen Kane”

In this short video by Errol Morris, Donald Trump discusses his thoughts on the classic film Citizen Kane. As you might guess, his remarks say more about Trump than about the … Continue reading

September 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: The Republicans who would be king

The longer GOP candidates debated, the more they agreed with each other, except on Iran & taxes We won’t know for a few days—and maybe weeks—who won Wednesday’s debate between … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Willie King at Bettie’s Place

For a real blues experience nothing beats going to a juke joint in the deep South. There aren’t many left, but if you’re willing to go off the beaten track, … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

David Vine: Garrisoning the Globe

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · Leave a comment