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Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Taison Bell, M.D.: Stop Playing Politics With People’s Lives

When people ask me what kind of physician I am, I simply say, “I’m the kind you hope to never have to meet.” I’m an intensivist, which means I deliver … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Andrea Germanos: Caring for the Common Good Wins. Norway Ranks World’s Happiest Country

In U.S., happiness is falling and Republican priorities stand to make it worse. Norway now holds the title of the world’s happiest country, according to a new report that also … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Gregory: Two More Maryvale Kids

Two more Maryvale kids dead of leukemia. In Tucson they’re trying to suck the TCE down to “acceptable” levels. In Kingman it’s poison gas plants. In the San Pedro, nitrates … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Roasted Tomato, Mustard Greens, and Chorizo Chili

I grew up in Texas where chili is part of the holy trinity of cuisine. As a Texan, you have your barbecue, your guacamole, and your chili. What these three … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jennifer Jackson Berry: Fat Girl at Weight Watchers Meeting

I’m supposed to tell everyone I’m dieting & give away pants as they get too big. They say if you feel bad about your loss, go to a grocery store, … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Brigitte Amiri: How is Trump Planning to Attack Reproductive Rights, LGBT Equality, and Religious Minorities? Let’s Find Out.

The ACLU has filed four Freedom of Information Act requests to find out how the Trump administration plans to target women, religious minorities, and other communities. There is no question that … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Kareem Tayyar: A Summer of Last Suppers

  When I would come home from school, She would look at me and ask, (In Farsi, a language I had never learned to speak), What I wanted for lunch. … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Throw

. From Early Light Media’s passion project series, Throw tells the story of an outsider from East Baltimore, an area challenged by gang violence and poverty. Often misunderstood, Coffin Nachtmahr … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jeremy Brecher: ‘Climate Kids’ vs. Trump is no ordinary lawsuit

Trial of the Century Pits Trump Climate Denialism Against ‘Right to a Climate System Capable of Sustaining Human Life’ Two days after the election of Donald Trump, 21 plaintiffs aged … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Billy Clem: As My Death Approaches

I am gravely ill. Medical tests indicate that my blood and many of my internal organs now fail to perform necessary functions. My body, enervated, starving, looks and feels terrible. … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 17 Comments

Jennifer Jackson Berry: The Body Button

for my sister, Julia   I have no way of knowing how many times she’s hit her body button— it’s how she calls for help when the patient’s fists are … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Alex Kirby: Rising temperatures will lead to massive crop failures in the US, scientists say

US faces ‘abrupt and substantial’ crop losses which will increase food prices and cause problems for developing countries, says international study. LONDON, 19 January, 2017 – Harvests in the United … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Self-Compassion

. It’s all too easy to be extremely tough on ourselves; many of us need to get better at self-compassion. This short animated film from School of Life shows us … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Christine Rhein: Letter from Flint to Lansing

 I will fix it. — Governor Rick Snyder, State of the State 2016   Come and rock our babies, hold their bottles and their cups. Stop saying you are sorry. … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 2 Comments