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Chris Hedges: The Miracle of Kindness

Take a brief journey through the eyes of American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges to Jerusalem, Gaza, and Iraq, and discover the sacred bonds that make us human.

January 15, 2020 · 5 Comments

Video: Fence

Kosovar filmmaker Lendita Zeqiraj shows us a group of French women from different generations of the same family loudly confronting each other with their views on life, love, desire, race, men, and the patriarchy. The family gathering turns into chaos while the youngest one – the only boy – looks for an escape.

November 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Angele Ellis: Naomi Shihab Nye’s “The Tiny Journalist”

In her latest collection of poems, an award-winning poet explores resistance and hope among the Palestinian people.

October 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: To Netanyahu

My Palestinian father named his donkey after you…
Now I think he insulted the donkey.

August 16, 2019 · 6 Comments

Danusha Laméris: Small Kindnesses

For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now.

August 11, 2019 · 12 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: Trees Gossip with the Birds

When the orange sun sinks over the AZIZI sign I feel
the darkening world soaking up all the extra noise

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: We are built to be kind

Human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry, but research by Dacher Keltner finds that we are hard-wired to be kind.

July 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

. Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn’t go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don’t wait to … Continue reading

December 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: United

When sleepless, it’s helpful to meditate on mottoes of the states. South Carolina, “While I breathe I hope.”  Perhaps this could be the new flag on the empty flagpole. Or … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 6 Comments

Thank you for subscribing to Vox Populi

Vox Populi now has almost 11,000 email subscribers. Every day we publish a carefully curated selection of poetry, essays, videos, music and art. Our regular contributors include Naomi Shihab Nye, … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · 30 Comments

Abby Zimet: Resist, My People, Resist Them — Poetry Is Not A Crime, Except For Palestinians

   Tatour in court with her attorney. Reuters photo . After what critics called “a hollow charade of a trial” and “theater of the absurd,” an Israeli court Thursday convicted … Continue reading

May 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Naomi Shihab Nye reads “One Boy Told Me”

. Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem “One Boy Told Me” at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Naomi Shihab Nye was born in 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri, to … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

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