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Broad Band

Dylan Schleicher 800-CEO-READ
A "computer" used to be a job description, not just a machine. At the time, most computers were women. Dylan Schleicher reviews a fascinating history of how "computers" helped make the computer networks that are so interwoven into contemporary life.


Modernist Cuisine's Next Tome Tackles Pizza

Daniela Galarza
Modernist Cuisine's next project will attempt to analyze all styles of pizza, try them all and see what works and what doesn’t and why. The goal is to produce “the most comprehensive pizza cookbook in the world.”


The Impatient Patient

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Education
Medicine has grown so powerful and so profitable procedures go unquestioned. Many tests detect something worthy of follow-up -- procedures sometimes dubious, all to the point of extending life without regard to its quality. Stealing a march on every medical vulnerability as you age can boomerang.



Salinas Farm Workers March To Oppose Immigration Raids

David Bacon People's World
In Salinas on April 8, over a thousand farm workers and allies filled the streets of its working-class barrio to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies.


Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening Workers’ Rights

By Gregory N. Heires DC 37 Blog
The new law increases access to and protects union membership in New York’s public-sector workplaces in anticipation of an adverse ruling in the pending Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME.


The Mirage of Pension-Fund Activism

Bob Farkas Jacobin
Pension-fund activism is a dead-end. Organizing and empowering workers is still the only way to revive the labor movement.


In Historic Move At Labor-Skeptic 'Chicago Tribune,' Newsroom Pushes To Form Union

David Folkenflik NPR
One of the nation's oldest and most prestigious regional newspapers, The Chicago Tribune, could soon have a unionized staff. On Wednesday morning, journalists from its newsroom informed management that they are preparing to organize and that they have collected signatures from dozens of colleagues.

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Love Train | Turnaround Arts | Playing For Change

Turnaround Arts infuses struggling schools with the arts as a strategy to bolster reform efforts. Turnaround Arts is a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that works in 73 schools in 37 districts across 17 states and the District of Columbia.


The Last Footage of Yasser Murtaja

Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja captured the mass civilian uprising in Gaza from extraordinary perspectives on the ground and in the air. Shortly after this film was made he was shot and killed in Gaza.


The Democrat Running for Paul Ryan’s Seat

Randy Bryce, a Democrat running for Paul Ryan’s seat in Wisconsin says Ryan’s agenda has always been to give “tax breaks to the wealthiest” Americans and that he’s been “complicit with allowing” Trump “to do whatever” Trump decides he wants to do.


The Decline of the Trump Merchandise Empire

Before he ran for president, Donald Trump was raking in money from Trump-branded steaks, eyeglasses, ties, K-cups, cologne and a dozen other licensed products. But now, nearly all of his partnerships have disappeared.


Weak Black Women | Robin Thede

Robin turns the "Strong Black Woman" stereotype on its head with the world premiere of her music video "Weak Black Women."