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Rachel Hadas: Shopping Upstairs

Terror, stasis, glints of hope.
Ghosts of evils that came before,
plague and depression, civil war,
take on new life. So here we are.

November 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Herding People to Slaughter

The dangerous fringe theory behind the Great Barrington Declaration and the push toward herd immunity.

October 28, 2020 · 5 Comments

Belle Chesler: Will Public Schools Survive Covid-19?

We’re living in a nation struggling to come to terms with the deadly repercussions of a social safety net gutted even before the virus reached our shores and decisions guided by the most self-interested kind of politics rather than the public good.

August 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Nafeez Ahmad: The Light at the End

When we emerge, we will have crossed a permanent threshold, from which there is no return, because there is simply no more “normal” to which to return.

August 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Beth Peyton: Physically Distant and Socially Awkward

“You’re not wearing a mask,” you said to the salesclerk.

August 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: Demands for Kushner to Resign Over Staggering Level of Depravity That Put Politics Before Public Health

Holy hell. Jared Kushner reportedly abandoned a national testing plan because it was *politically advantageous* to sit back and let blue states be eviscerated by the virus.

August 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lisa Arrastia: Teaching Under Covid

We need a radical plan for the public, even though care for all shouldn’t be such a radical notion.

July 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tamika C.B. Zapolski, Ukamaka M. Oruche: Racism in Healthcare System Is Costing Black Lives

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the U.S, African Americans are contracting the illness—and dying from it—at rates twice as high as the general population.

July 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ari Honarvar: When Savoring a Pleasant Moment is a Radical Act

And then someone from another rooftop shouted a verse of Rumi’s poetry into the clear night air.

July 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Monica Gandhi: Can people spread the coronavirus if they don’t have symptoms?

5 questions answered about asymptomatic COVID-19

June 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sydney Lea: Spring Poem in the Season of Corona

I’ve lived enough to expect odd snow-squalls, slapped
To anger by nasty winds. I predict more hours
In which we’re sealed in rooms foursquare and flat,
Where we’ll dream of the past…

May 28, 2020 · 4 Comments

Jamie Rowan: Memorial Day | Why veterans are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic

An estimated 45,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and 181,500 veterans are in prison or jail.

May 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Lise Ragbir: How Coronavirus Will Shape a Generation

This generation now collectively understands that one’s daily existence can change overnight.

May 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

Juan Cole: Fundamentalist Pandemics

What Evangelicals Could Learn From The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam

May 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

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