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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 · Leave a comment

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

Damn Kids!

July 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

William Petri, MD: What doctors know about lingering symptoms of coronavirus

Here is a summary of what is known today about recovering from COVID-19, as well as what to expect from lingering effects.

July 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: On Silence

I am possessed of a brooding spirit, some ominous angel who has landed on my shoulders, staring at my ear. It wants to know why I do not understand silence, the poetry of space.

July 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The Sudden Descent of The United States

Can making Black Lives Matter rescue a failing state?

July 2, 2020 · Leave a 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

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Looming Second Wave of Covid-19

The pressure to re-open America is being pressed by the extreme right. It represents an open declaration that the pursuit of white happiness is an unalienable, unalterable right.

June 15, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jane Goodall: Humanity is finished if it fails to adapt after Covid-19

The famous primatologist calls for an overhaul of food habits to prevent a future pandemic.

June 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a “Viva Death!” Approach to the Presidency

In this interview, Chomsky provides insight on how we can best grapple with the current moment – and prepare for the sobering future.

June 8, 2020 · 6 Comments

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

Stephanie Hiller: COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement

Could this be the beginning of a new food economy?

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

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