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Video: War & Pierce perform “I Lived To Tell About It”

. Chris Pierce and Sunny War met through a mutual friend, the composer and producer Jared Faber who thought that the two accomplished musicians would hit it off. Pierce, War and … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Robert C. Koehler: Fire Burn, Caldron Bubble

America serves up its news in a caldron from hell, or so it sometimes seems. The fragments are all simmering in the same juice: bombs and drones and travel bans, … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Hat in the Wind

Oh, wind! Where are you taking my hat? I will follow you Beyond this foggy bay Beyond these Pacific waters And in the bosom of my homeland I will find … Continue reading

June 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Julia Angwin and Hannes Grassegger: Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules

A trove of internal documents sheds light on the algorithms that Facebook’s censors use to differentiate between hate speech and legitimate political expression. In the wake of a terrorist attack … Continue reading

June 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: America at War Since 9/11

Reality or Reality TV? The headlines arrive in my inbox day after day: “U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria killed hundreds of civilians, U.N. panel says.” “Pentagon wants to declare more parts … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Richard St. John: Learning with the Lost

For Robert Hollander – celebrating 40 years as Professor of European Literature                 Great teachers teach us nothing.  At best they love their subject deeply, and we take a bit … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: In the Someday with the Sound of All the Passing Years

We only have one TV in the house, and last night Julien took a break from whatever he wanted to watch and let Maggie take control of it. What she … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Too Many Getting Shooted, Still

Sorry, but the bleak news keeps coming. Friday, another white cop got away with another murder of a black man, the third such travesty in about a month. Ray Tensing’s … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ken Levy: Sorry, But It’s Entirely the Right’s Fault

Many commentators are suggesting that both right and left are equally to blame for all the polarization between them. They’re wrong. The reason for all the bitterness between left and … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

Angele Ellis: Federal Building

I enter through security as taxpayer, the needle’s eye of citizenship. Bag on the table, keys in a plastic container that could hold mail or explosives. The only way in … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Stephen Dobyns: Ducks

For David Fenza   Warm in my truck by the lighthouse at Watch Hill on a sunny morning in mid-winter, I observe the ducks bobbing among ice-covered rocks and think … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Operetta vs Trump (Gilbert and Sullivan edition)

. Make the Roman Empire Great Again! Rebecca Nelsen and Eric Stoklossa of Operatico Politico describe the decline and fall of a Modern Roman Empire with a little help from … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Le Clitoris

. Women are lucky, they get to have the only organ in the human body dedicated exclusively for pleasure: the clitoris! In this humorous and instructive animated documentary from French … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Slavoj Žižek — The Dusty Balls of Capitalism

. Slavoj Žižek tells an old Russian joke, expounding its political relevance today. Slavoj Žižek (born 1949) is a Slovenian psychoanalytic philosopher, cultural critic, and Hegelian Marxist. He is a senior … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · Leave a comment