Politics and History

Giant inflatable rat in front of Wells Fargo

Maybe shame – painful as it is – has some value. Maybe it’s not just an emotion, but a social tool. Jennifer Jacquet thinks that there’s an upside to shame. More

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Michael Rohrbaugh's short film “American Male” portrays the pitfalls of hyper-masculinity with a punch.More

"inventing america"

Eric Liu reviewing “Inventing America” by Gary Wills.More

Sherman Alexie

Some trips are more about psychic distance, like that of novelist Sherman Alexie. He's spent his whole life shuttling across cultural divides.More

adults playing with Lego

Mary Kay Zuravleff's Dangerous Idea? Universal Recess.More

lightning

Ancient humans lived as hunter-gatherers, with animistic religions. So why did people start to believe in Big Gods?More

Donald Trump

People with a heightened sense of entitlement that they feel gives them a free pass. You and I have a word for these people. Philosopher Aaron James has an entire theory about them.More

Take it to the streets

Occupy Wall Street co-creator says activists are following an outdated script.More

The word "sex" on an iron pillar

Robin Rinaldi was mid-life, mid-career and mid-marriage when she placed that ad. It launched her wild oats project – a year spent exploring sex.More

Spoken word with Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre

Hip hop artist and poet Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre has his own set of responses to being told to man up. Ten to be exact.   More

My conversation with Turkish writer Elif Şafak back in April still sticks with me as the year comes to a close. In many parts of the...More

Barney Frank

Former Congressman Barney Frank believes that if you want to see political change, don't go to a demonstration. Instead, lobby your local representatives and vote.More

Artist and activist Molly Crabapple believes borders are soon becoming a thing of the past.More

Black Lives Matter protestor

Activist Cat Brooks on protesting the police.More

revolutionary soldier

In the final volume of Laurie Halse Anderson's “Seeds of America” trilogy, white colonists everywhere can be heard talking about liberty and freedom – just not for African Americans. More

open borders

There's a concept that's gaining ground among some economists and the idea's simple -- let anyone who isn't a criminal live and work in...More

Constitution

When author Laurie Halse Anderson learned founding father Benjamin Franklin was a slave owner, she felt sick.

"It nauseated...More

Science March

Journalist Mark Engler explains why some protests flourish whereas others fail.More

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