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Jessica Corbett: Global Green New Deal Supporters Urge World Leaders to Learn From Coronavirus to Tackle Climate Crisis

This is a moment when we can implement measures to help boost the economy, create jobs, and build climate resilience.

March 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Matt Hohner: Viral

Imagine someone with nothing left to lose as a virus
armed with a gun and desperate to spread its bullets.

March 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Belinda Kong: How Chinese people came together when separated by quarantine, creating hope, humor and art

Fear and blame appear to be fast becoming Americans’ defining emotions around COVID-19. Headlines seem to offer either worst-case estimates or government leaders’ mutual accusations. Amid the bewildering figures and … Continue reading

March 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Danusha Laméris: The Cat

After my brother died, his wife was sure he was living
inside their cat, Rocky. He’s in there, she’d say, staring into
those blank, yellow eyes. Isma’il? Isma’il? Can you hear me?

March 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Ben Martin: COVID-19 and Philip Roth’s Nemesis

The practice of medicine demands answers, yet to practice medicine in the United States is an invitation […] to be swallowed by suffering that eludes meaning.

March 18, 2020 · 4 Comments

Robert Okaji: Postcard from Pandemic

They stack their cart with essentials:
frozen garlic, six packages of grilled
mushrooms, fifteen cans of garbanzo
beans, three bottles of truffle oil

March 17, 2020 · 7 Comments

Laurie Marhoefer: COVID-19 | Three lessons from the AIDS crisis

The U.S. made serious mistakes when the HIV virus and AIDS emerged. Those errors cost many lives. But our nation learned a few things, too.

March 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ellery Akers: Our Grief for the Earth is Hidden

When I was born
I thought I’d be taken from the earth
I didn’t think the earth would be taken from me

March 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Simon Springer: The Toilet Paper Wars and What They Mean

We are witnessing, in real-time and with stunning consequence, the stone-cold fact that markets are an ineffective mediator of resources, prone to the worst vagaries of herd mentality.

March 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

Joel Christensen: Plagues follow bad leadership in ancient Greek tales

As someone who writes about early Greek poetry, I spend a lot of time thinking about why its performance was so crucial to ancient life. One answer is that epic and tragedy helped ancient storytellers and audiences try to make sense of human suffering.

March 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Bernie Sanders: The Lessons the Nation Can Learn from the Coronavirus Outbreak

“This crisis should be a moment in which people ask fundamental questions about the dysfunctionality of our current healthcare system.”

March 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Ellen Brown: The Fed’s Baffling Response to the Coronavirus Explained

The next time the country’s largest banks become insolvent, rather than bailing banks out, Congress should nationalize them.

March 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jamie Lombardi: Marcus Aurelius helped me survive grief and rebuild my life

No matter how terrible what happened was, it is still our choice whether to understand our story as one of crippling defeat or a miraculous victory against the odds – even if all we do is get back up and learn to stand again.

March 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Amazon Empire — The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

As politicians and regulators around the world start to consider the global impact of Amazon — and how to rein in Bezos’ power — FRONTLINE investigates how he executed a plan to build one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world.

March 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

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