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‘Collateral’ Is Essential—and Timely—TV

Alison Herman The Ringer
The British miniseries Collateral, which premiered on Netflix last Friday after an initial run on BBC Two last month, is to a post-Brexit United Kingdom what recent seasons of American Horror Story: Cult, American Crime, and even Broad City are to a post-Trump United States.


Comic Art in the Academy

Paul Buhle New Politics
Once the provenance of teens, counterculturalists or authors who were fans, comics are now entrenched in academic discourse in what the essayist calls, "the theorizing of a kind of artistic poetics." The book under review ably looks at nonfiction comics as apt reflections on modern social ills.


An American Marriage

Zakiya Harris The Rumpus
This review focuses on a riveting novel about an African American couple caught up in the criminal justice system.


The Wire and the World

Helena Sheehan, Sheamus Sweeney Jacobin
A decade ago, The Wire series finale aired. The show was a Marxist's idea of what TV drama should be.


“The Death of Stalin” Captures the Terrifying Absurdity of a Tyrant

Masha Gessen The New Yorker
In January Russia banned “The Death of Stalin". This may have been the first time in post-Soviet history a movie that had already been granted permission to screen was pulled from theatres by order of the government. What made the film so dangerous?


50 Years Later: Who Still Rules America?

Randy Shaw Beyond Chron
On the 50th anniversary of G. William Domhoff’s Who Rules America, the author and 11 others take stock of the book’s findings about class and power in the United States, focusing on the drive to privatize public schools, extend power abroad...



What a Labor Union Is and How It Works

Kim Kelly Teen Vogue
Unions give workers the power to improve their workplaces, and have a long history of creating lasting, progressive changes, from the institution of the eight-hour workday to health and safety regulations. Maybe someone in your family — a parent, an aunt or uncle, a grandparent — is in a union.


WV Teachers Tell Us Why Public Schools And Unions Matter

Jeff Bryant Progressive Maryland
What makes the West Virginia Teachers strike similar to other effective acts of solidarity against entrenched right-wing power is that it was borne in the democratic cauldron of public schools.


WV Teachers Tell Us Why Public Schools and Unions Matter

Jeff Bryant Jeff Bryant is an Associate Fellow at Campaign for America's Future and the editor of the Education Opportunity Network website. This article was published March 8 on the Progressive Breakfast blog of People’s Action, Progressive Maryland’s national affil
What also makes the West Virginia Teachers strike similar to other effective acts of solidarity against entrenched right-wing power is that it was borne in the democratic cauldron of public schools.


Millennials, White-Collar Workers Bringing New Life to Unions

Katie Johnston Boston Globe
Workers across many industries are increasingly banding together and standing up against management as part-time and contract work grows, automation amps up, and wages barely budge, labor observers say. Silicon Valley tech workers have started a coalition to unite.

Friday nite video


Sixteen Tums | parody of Sixteen Tons

This protest song describing the plight of the worker is as apt now as it was when it was written back in the 1940s. The lyrics have been updated but the sentiment is the same.


Why Robert Mueller Is Saving Trump Aide Roger Stone for Last

New heat on Trump’s longtime ally and former campaign adviser, Roger Stone after Sam Nunberg alleges Bob Mueller is targeting his mentor. In a new interview, Stone reveals a new Russia-WikiLeaks defense and says he has not heard from Mueller.


Oscar Brown Jr. | The Snake

Donald Trump has often appropriated the jazz/soul work The Snake of musician and radical social activist Oscar Brown, Jr. to drum up fear of immigrants. But in Oscar Brown's telling the story has a very different meaning. Complete story here.