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Friday Nite Videos | January 27, 2023

Roy Wood Jr. Explores Police Militarization & Atlanta's "Cop City." Make the Super-rich Pay Their Fair Share. Memphis BLM Activist on Tyre Nichols' Killing. Why We All Need Subtitles Now. When Culture Changes Our DNA.

Trump, Russia and the Indicted Ex-FBI Agent

Ex-FBI official McGonigal worked for a sanctioned Russian oligarch, prosecutors say. Earlier, he was in charge of investigating the Trump campaign's Russian connections. Historian Timothy Snyder lays out the tangled web of facts.

The Constitution Has an Answer to the Debt Ceiling

“The validity of the public debt of the United States,” the 14th Amendment declares, “shall not be questioned.” If Congressional Republicans violate this, President Biden, acting along, should do as the Constitution requires.

Why CRT Belongs in the Classroom and How To Do It Right

If classroom realities matter at all to governors and state legislators who have imposed CRT bans on schools, they would be embarrassed at having barred students from the kind of thought provoking teaching we witnessed in this project.

Trump's Secret $1M Donation to Arizona ‘Audit’

Arizona Republican leaders who asked Cyber Ninjas to carry out the audit publicly denied that Trump was involved, saying “this absolutely has nothing to do with Trump”. Documented’s analysis pierces that denial.

Kyrsten Sinema May Not Be Called “Senator” for Long

Ruben Gallego’s rollout was strong. And a credible Democratic candidate means Sinema’s path to reelection is awfully narrow.

US-Israel ‘Special Relationship’ Is Waning

A leading Israeli think tank warns the country's “special relationship” with the US is in danger due to a progressive shift among American Jews, which poses a strategic threat to Israel.

Physicians Tell Biden End Medicare Privatization Pilot

The Medicare privatization program "presents a threat to the integrity of traditional Medicare, and an opportunity for corporations to take money from taxpayers while denying care to beneficiaries," said Physicians for a National Health Program.

Older Voters Know Exactly What’s at Stake

Ten thousand Americans turn 60 every day, and on average we’ll live another 23 years. We’ll vote in huge numbers, as we always do. One possibility is that we’ll help turn back the clock a little, toward the world we actually built in our youth.

Jan.26, 2023-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: What Price “Defense”?; Monterey Park; Readers Respond - Ukraine War and The Left; Israel; Argentina 1985; George Santos; Gun Control; Lots of Announcements; Student Activist Scholarship Applications Available; More....
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Culture

poetry

Big Bird Died for Your Sins

Martín Espada Virginia Quarterly Review
The poet Martín Espada recounts a childhood encounter of death, mourning the loss of baseball’s Puerto Rican star, Roberto Clemente.

books

The Problem of Democracy

Jonathan Freedland The Guardian
In this book, author Hamid writes about what he calls a "democratic dilemma" facing U.S. policymakers, who, he says, "want democracy in theory but do not necessarily want its outcomes in practice.”

film

“Argentina, 1985”: Oscar-Shortlisted Film Depicts Historic War Crimes Trial of U.S.-Backed Generals

Democracy Now Democracy Now
Democracy Now interviews director Santiago Mitre about “Argentina, 1985,” his dramatization of the Trial of the Juntas, when a civilian court prosecuted Argentina’s former military leaders for brutal crimes committed during the U.S.-backed right-wing military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. The film just won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in a Non-English Language and is also shortlisted for an Oscar for best international film.

tv

Why We Can’t Turn Off the NFL

Dylan Scott Vox
America’s unbreakable fixation with football will only lead to more injuries like Damar Hamlin’s. A uniquely American concoction of capitalism and culture has allowed football to continue to thrive, even as the dangers it presents to players, both professional and amateur, have become clearer. Football remains the biggest hit on TV.

poetry

Hanging Mohsen on the Gallows

Majid Naficy
The Persian poet Majid Naficy still awakens at night, mourning friends and family, victims of the Iranian regime.

Labor

labor

If America Had Fair Laws, 60 Million Workers Would Join a Union Tomorrow

Luke Savage Jacobin
According to the latest data, the ranks of unionized workers grew by 200,000 between 2021 and 2022. If the United States’ unionization rules in place weren’t so biased toward bosses, tens of millions more workers indicate they would have joined a union, too.

Friday nite video

video

When Culture Changes Our DNA

Thanks to our ability to develop and share complex learned behaviors across generations - a thing we sometimes call culture - we have become the ultimate niche builders.

video

Life And Death 3,000,000 Years Ago

What was life and death like for some of our earliest ancestors, like famed australopith  Lucy, who lived almost three million years ago?