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Mattea Kramer: Isolation and Opioids During the Pandemic

Drug Use in the Covid-19 Moment

September 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

Matthew Redmond: Emily Dickinson is the unlikely hero of our time

As the world continues to endure the ravages of COVID-19, another ghost of Dickinson steps into view.

August 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

Tom Engelhardt: The World We are Passing on to our children and grandchildren

Let’s just hope that, when it comes to creating a better world out of such a god-awful mess, the generations that follow us prove better at it than mine did.

August 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Karen J. Greenberg: Accountability in Trump’s America

All told, the U.S. president has been a perfect model in deflecting all responsibility, even as the death toll soared over 150,000 with more than four million cases reported nationwide and no end in sight.

August 4, 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

Abby Zimet: Moron, Fascist, COVID, Doomed, Help

“It sort of is curious, a man works for us, and yet they’re highly thought of, and nobody likes me,” Trump said. “It can only be my personality.” Yes. Yes, it is

July 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

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

Abby Zimet: John Prine as Tender Poet

“If his songs were allowed to exist in the world—so simply written, so profoundly beautiful —surely there was room for other good, decent things, too.”

July 11, 2020 · 2 Comments

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

Derrick Z. Jackson: Republican lawmakers’ familiar blame game hangs COVID’s spread on young people

Damn Kids!

July 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

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