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Kathleen O’Toole: On Grief, in a time of pandemic

What I’m learning about grief is that
it comes and goes, like the shadow in front of me
on the afternoon sidewalk.

February 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

Belle Chesler: This Empire Has No Clothes | In the Classroom That Zoom Built

The gravest and most immediate threat to our most vulnerable students was, and continues to be, hunger. If schools are closed, so is the critical infrastructure that helps keep our nation’s children fed.

May 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jeffrey D. Sachs: Why the US Has the World’s Highest Number of Covid-19 Deaths

Unlike China, which turned to its public health experts, Trump turned to Vice President Mike Pence and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Thousands of Americans are dying unnecessarily as a result and … Continue reading

April 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Ben Martin: COVID-19 and Philip Roth’s Nemesis

The practice of medicine demands answers, yet to practice medicine in the United States is an invitation […] to be swallowed by suffering that eludes meaning.

March 18, 2020 · 4 Comments

Robert Okaji: Postcard from Pandemic

They stack their cart with essentials:
frozen garlic, six packages of grilled
mushrooms, fifteen cans of garbanzo
beans, three bottles of truffle oil

March 17, 2020 · 11 Comments

Simon Springer: The Toilet Paper Wars and What They Mean

We are witnessing, in real-time and with stunning consequence, the stone-cold fact that markets are an ineffective mediator of resources, prone to the worst vagaries of herd mentality.

March 16, 2020 · 4 Comments

Joel Christensen: Plagues follow bad leadership in ancient Greek tales

As someone who writes about early Greek poetry, I spend a lot of time thinking about why its performance was so crucial to ancient life. One answer is that epic and tragedy helped ancient storytellers and audiences try to make sense of human suffering.

March 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Bernie Sanders: The Lessons the Nation Can Learn from the Coronavirus Outbreak

“This crisis should be a moment in which people ask fundamental questions about the dysfunctionality of our current healthcare system.”

March 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Ellen Brown: The Fed’s Baffling Response to the Coronavirus Explained

The next time the country’s largest banks become insolvent, rather than bailing banks out, Congress should nationalize them.

March 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

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