Politics and History

gift giving
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Is it actually possible to give a truly selfless gift? Anthropologist David Graeber says it's not only impossible, the entire concept of a "free gift" is a capitalist construct shaped by impersonal market economies.

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08:32
Cash
Articles

Journalist Anand Giridharadas says that sometimes, major philanthropic gifts are a lot less altruistic than they may appear.

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15:11
Fight like a girl
Articles

Throughout history, there’s been a general, unspoken agreement that getting angry, especially for women, is something to be avoided. But what if getting angry was actually productive?

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16:51
Lady Liberty
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Historian Carol Anderson walks us through the timeline of truly free and fair elections in the United States, a period she says lasted from the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 until a fateful Supreme Court decision in 2013.

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10:44
"Poison Squad" Volunteers taking in a dinner with a side of Borax.
Articles

Science writer Deborah Blum on the government scientists who made the case for food regulation by "eating dangerously."

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11:47
Baby with tag
Articles

Wendy Kline says the history of birth in America is the story of the medical establishment’s deliberate suppression of midwives. For her as for most mothers, it’s a story that’s political and personal.  

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15:05

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