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Video: My Journey from Marine to Actor — Adam Driver

Before he fought in the galactic battles of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adam Driver was a United States Marine with 1/1 Weapons Company. He tells the story of how and why he became a Marine, the complex transition from soldier to civilian — and Arts in the Armed Forces, his nonprofit that brings theater to the military. Followed by a spirited performance of Marco Ramirez’s “I am not Batman” by Jesse J. Perez and Matt Johnson.

November 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Sharon Austin: A record number of women will serve in the 117th Congress, including at least 51 women of color

Women will be at least 27% of the House and 24% of the Senate. Women make up 50.52% of the U.S. population.

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Fighting the Pandemic Can’t Wait for Inauguration Day

A nation could not have been more poorly positioned to fight COVID-19 than by the Trump administration.

November 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Sydney Lea: Hole

He says even in the joint they didn’t have no trouble
gettin product
and once when they couldn’t, why, a bunch of them
shot up whatever, fools
that they all was

November 15, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: How to see the first movies

As the film curator Dave Kehr explains in this video from New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the images were hardly the grainy and frantically paced footage that has become synonymous with ‘old film’ today.

November 14, 2020 · 3 Comments

Emily Dickinson: I have no life but this

I have no Life but this —
To lead it here —

November 13, 2020 · 6 Comments

Abby Zimet: The Mad Toddler Rages on

Please DON’T call this number (800) 895–4152 as a prank. It’s the new Trump Campaign Hotline for reporting voter fraud. Two previous numbers have had to be disconnected because of all you Dems trying to be funny. As we all know, Trump having a tantrum after losing the election is not funny.

November 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: State of Chaos

Do I sound extreme? I damn well hope so. We’re in a gridlocked, post-election moment of previously unimaginable extremity in an increasingly over-armed, ever more divided country…

November 11, 2020 · 5 Comments

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor: Gezundheit

The way this strange, non-English wish
commuted in a grandmother’s Yiddish
mouth, zay gezunt

November 11, 2020 · 3 Comments

Julia Conley: McConnell Backs Trump’s Refusal to Concede to Biden

“The American people made their voices heard in record numbers… Rejecting that mandate in favor of political games and conspiracy theories is a dangerous attack on our democracy—even by Mitch McConnell’s standards.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren

November 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Neta Crawford, et al.: Biden wins – what it means for race relations, US foreign policy and the Supreme Court

Three scholars discuss what a Biden presidency may have in store in three key areas: race, the Supreme Court and foreign policy.

November 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: What if a presidential candidate refuses to concede after an election? | Van Jones

Lawyer and political commentator, Van Jones exposes shocking legal loopholes that could enable a candidate to grab power even if they lose both the popular vote and the electoral college — and shares what ordinary citizens can do if there’s no peaceful transfer of power.

November 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

George Drew: I Know You’re in Detroit

Aretha, I apologize for having never written a poem
for or about you, not in all the Hit Parades of years
I’ve grooved to you…

November 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lawrence Ferlinghetti: I Am Waiting

I am waiting for my case to come up
and I am waiting
for a rebirth of wonder

November 6, 2020 · 4 Comments

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