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Dawn Potter: Respectable Woman

No one could mistake me for a department-store model but I’ve kept my figure—   not an inch of overflow, nothing to shock a stare. Express myself   remains the … Continue reading

January 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Testeria

Fearful masculinity harms both men and women. There are better ways of growing up. What strikes me most is the fragility. Gillette makes an advertisement calling on men to challenge … Continue reading

January 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sharon Fagan McDermott: What I Won’t Tell Myself

The moon salts the sky with stars and the only sounds in the house are the dog’s breath and the furnace’s belch through old pipes. On this coldest night of … Continue reading

January 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Matthew Arnold: Growing Old

What is it to grow old?
Is it to lose the glory of the form,
The lustre of the eye?
Is it for beauty to forgo her wreath?
—Yes, but not this alone.

January 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Dr. Michael Greger: How to Suppress the Aging Enzyme TOR

Over the last decade, more than 5,000 papers have been published about TOR, an engine-of-aging enzyme inhibited by the drug rapamycin. (What is TOR? Check out my videos Why Do We Age? and Caloric Restriction … Continue reading

January 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jodie Evans: What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan Delivering Support to Asylum Seekers on the U.S. Border

From the individual stories, we saw the systems of oppression and the effects of the war economy and wondered what kind of world we live in that we treat other human beings this way.

January 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frances Moore Lappé: What Could the French “Yellow Vests” Teach Us about Ourselves?

For the French, equality is a positive value; whereas here at home calls for greater equality are fought by evoking fear of creeping “communism” and—with racist undertones—the coddling of the … Continue reading

January 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Carolyn Gregory: Leper

She wears her hat on her sleeve, bleeding badge of all she has suffered, arrow piercing the aorta when she lives out here. The alley becomes her nest in a … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lorraine Chow: 10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions If We Don’t Keep Global Temperature Rise Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius

If humankind carries on its business-as-usual approach to climate change, there’s a 93 percent chance we’re barreling toward a potentially catastrophic level of warming. The summer of 2018 was intense: … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Counter Mapping

Jim Enote, a traditional Zuni farmer and director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, is working with Zuni artists to create maps that bring an indigenous voice and … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Lawrence Wittner: The United States Is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization

Maintaining the U.S. status as “No. 1” in war and war preparations comes at a very high price. Maybe those delirious crowds chanting “USA, USA” have got something.  When it comes … Continue reading

January 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Group Intervention: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse

“Group” follows three convicted abusers as they confront the attitudes and beliefs that led to their violence, with the help of a compassionate group therapy facilitator. This video won the … Continue reading

January 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jay Carson: Luminary

Just in case you think I got screwed up only recently, let me tell you about the fire: My wife in those days was a candle maker as well as … Continue reading

January 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

Chris Winters: How This Year’s Struggles Set Us Up for a Bold, Hopeful 2019

Our fragile democracy needs the will of the people to protect it, but the events of 2018 prove that Americans are up to the challenge. Those of us constantly assessing … Continue reading

December 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

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