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2023, the US Finally Destroyed Its Chemical Weapons

The world banned chemical weapons in 1997. Here’s why it took so long for the US to eliminate its arsenal.

NYC Is Totally Unprepared for Climate Disaster

If hordes of cops are going to keep polluting New York’s increasingly flood-prone subways, the least they could do is grab a bucket and be helpful.

A School Turned Into a Prison

Reshaping the Kansas Technical Institute’s campus into an actual prison provides a perspective on what it means when, over time, whole populations are functionally criminalized.

When New York City Stood With Chile

The Friends of Chile, An Evening With Salvador Allende Benefit Concert, on May 11, 1974, was one of the first to openly confront the intervention of the U.S. government in the military coup that had overthrown Salvador Allende a year earlier.

Senate Dems Want To Cancel Student Lunch Debt

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman said the aim of the bill is to "stop humiliating kids and penalizing hunger."

Friday Nite Videos | September 29, 2023

Get Up, Stand Up | Bob Marley Live at Munich. The Secret C.I.A. Operation That Haunts U.S.-Iran Relations. AOC Speaks at UAW Strike Rally. Insurance Reps Laugh at Denying Claim. The 'Transformer' That Crawls, Rolls and Flies.

Writers’ Top Reps on Negotiating With Hollywood

Top negotiators for the writers guild believe the studios’ interests “are no longer sufficiently aligned to allow them to easily negotiate together”

The Lost History of East Germany

Katya Hoyer argues for a closer look at the triumphs and travails of everyday life under socialism.

How ‘Reservation Dogs’ Changed Television Forever

As the groundbreaking TV show comes to an end, one Native American pop culture aficionado reflects on its impact

A New Picture of When We Mated With Other Humans

DNA evidence shows that H. sapiens mated with groups including Neanderthals and Denisovans. It even reveals evidence of other “ghost populations” — groups who are part of our genetic code, but whose fossils we haven’t found yet.
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Culture

poetry

Where Are We Headed

Beau Beausoleil
Loss of liberty, the rise of civil terror, asks San Francisco poet Beau Beausoleil. Is that where we are headed?

books

The Bund: A Graphic History of Jewish Labour Resistance

Henry Chamberlain Comic's Grinder
"The Bund was a phenomenal uprising of people doing the right thing at a critical time when it was needed most...Think of The Bund as a coalition, a movement, people power at its best."

food

Popcorn Is a Time Capsule for How We Snack

Jane Godiner Taste
Popcorn’s path to ubiquity is marked by the same milestones that we associate with the development of culture—from notable technological advancements to the tension between colonization and repatriation.

poetry

What Is Left

Bunkong Tuon Copper Nickel
A survivor of the American war in Cambodia, the poet Bunkong Tuon lives with ancestral ghosts and gratitude for what is left.

Labor

labor

Automakers’ Electric Vehicle Lie

Lucy Dean Stockton The Lever
Corporations say they can’t meet auto workers’ demands while also transitioning to electric vehicles — but they just need to fork over the money.

labor

Labor for Traditional Medicare

Ad Hoc Committee for Traditional Medicare Labor for Traditional Medicare
We are an Ad Hoc group of trade union officials, staff members, and activists who oppose New York City Mayor Adams and the Municipal Labor Committee trying to force us into a Medicare Advantage Plan.

labor

We Can Thank a Union Reform Caucus for the Militant UAW Strike

Jane Slaughter Jacobin
Today the UAW is making headlines for an energetic strike, helmed by new leadership that doesn’t shy away from the language of class war. It’s happening, in large part, because a small group of workers got together four years ago to reform their unio

Friday nite video

Insurance Reps Laugh at Denying Claim

UnitedHealthcare tried to deny Chris McNaughton health coverage. He fought back, filed a lawsuit and exposed the insurance company’s inner workings.

Hannity Tonight | Parody

A Fox-themed parody of Steven Sondheim's Comedy Tonight, with lyrics by Roy Zimmerman and Melanie Harby