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Video: Six Shooter

Directed by Martin McDonagh and starring Brendan Gleason, this film, which mixes darkness and humor, won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

September 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jonathan Entin: Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped shape the modern era of women’s rights – even before she went on the Supreme Court

When Ginsburg started her work in the 1960s, the Supreme Court had never invalidated any type of sex-based rule. Worse, it had rejected every challenge to laws that treated women worse than men.

September 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Adrian Blevins: How I wrote The Brass Girl Brouhaha

I wrote The Brass Girl Brouhaha by tattooing the word WRONG across my heart to help me muster the strength I’d need to argue with a world that wanted me to say “hey, y’all!” in a hill-country accent sipping tea under a dogwood in a pink smock smattered with etchings of ivy.

September 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

José Emilio Pacheco: High Treason

I’d die
for ten places,
a few folks,
ports, forests, deserts, forts,
a broken city, gray, monstrous

September 18, 2020 · 5 Comments

Jessica Corbett: After 175 Years, Scientific American Backs Biden With Magazine’s First-Ever Endorsement

With unprecedented wildfires burning across western states, the Gulf Coast bracing for a hurricane, and the coronavirus pandemic still raging, Scientific American on Tuesday gave Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden its first-ever endorsement in the magazine’s 175-year history.

September 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Doug W. Jones: Defending the 2020 election against hacking

Yes, we should be worried. Four years ago, Russia managed to penetrate systems in several states…

September 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Mandy Smithberger: The Pentagon Budget

A Post-Coronavirus Economy Can No Longer Afford to Put the Pentagon First.

September 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

John Feffer: How Trump will try to win — or steal — the election

Trump does not like to lose. He will try these various strategies to overcome his profound unpopularity to win re-election.

September 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Oh God She Says

Oh God she says
The dog has learned to spell

September 13, 2020 · 12 Comments

Cristina Robinson, et al: Complex birdsongs help biologists piece together the evolution of lifelong learning

Our human ability to learn language slows down as we get older, but scientists are not sure how or why this happens. An unexpected way to understand this learning process might come from listening to birds sing.

September 13, 2020 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Boy Scouts can do better than teaming up with Trump’s EPA

In more sane times, it would be natural for the Boy Scouts of America to share its do-gooder image with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

September 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: That’s my jazz

Milt Abel II, a world renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his late father Milton Abel Sr., a legendary Kansas City jazz musician.

September 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Weil: The Climate Crisis Is Happening Right Now

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown has a few things to say about the state’s converging apocalypses.

September 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Robert Frost: The Need of Being Versed in Country Things

Now the chimney was all of the house that stood,
Like a pistil after the petals go.

September 11, 2020 · 4 Comments

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