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The Greenhouse Effect. Here’s How It Works.

How the Greenhouse Effect Really Works.

The Case for Expanding the Scope of Reconciliation

One tool of Senate procedure—the budget reconciliation process—provides a limited end run around the filibuster. The reconciliation process allows a certain subset of legislation to pass with a simple majority.

The Meaning of African American Studies

The discipline emerged from Black struggle. Now the College Board wants it to be taught with barely any mention of Black Lives Matter.

Takeover of Jackson MS Water System

Congress sent $600 million to Jackson to help fix its water system. Some are warning that new legislation could funnel the money out of the city.

Spotlight on Groundbreaking Baseball Player

America’s favorite pastime is taking center stage in a new production at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. “Toni Stone” is the story of the first woman to play in baseball’s Negro Leagues.

Court Strikes Down Domestic Violence Gun Law

Specifically, the court ruled that the federal law was an “outlier that our ancestors would never have accepted” — borrowing a quote from the Bruen decision.

Workers’ Rights Are Critical to Ukraine’s Future

The rationale behind this effort—that worker rights must be eliminated to promote economic growth—relies on deeply flawed and outdated development models.

The U.S. Border Arrived in Kenya

A look at U.S. border externalization, the death it has caused, and the art of negotiating and resisting borders in Maasailand.

A Legacy of Canadian Intervention in Haiti

As Canada and other foreign powers consider renewed intervention in Haiti, the history of the Ottawa Initiative offers an urgent reminder of the catastrophic consequences.

Voter Suppression and Racism

A democracy agenda that recognizes the racial elements of voter suppression and election denial is sorely needed.
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Culture

poetry

UnAmerican Activities

Gerry Sloan
Arkansas poet Gerry Sloan speaks to global absurdity (think Ukraine) “weapons of mass destruction place…victory out of reach…”

books

Making Sense of the Ukraine War

Eric Draitser Tempest
In a critical assessment of this new book, reviewer Draitser challenges some widely-held views and assumptions about the Russia-Ukraine war.

film

The Responsibility of Watching

A.O. Scott The New York Times
The Responsibility of Watching the video of Memphis police beating Tyre Nichols challenges public complacency — and complicity. What are our duties as citizens and as human beings?

food

Cacao Makes a Comeback in Puerto Rico

Jen Ruiz Modern Farmer
In the 1900s, tax incentives lured major pharmaceutical corporations to the island. Puerto Ricans left the land for the office. But gourmet crops like cacao have enticed islanders to return to agriculture, building a burgeoning chocolate hot spot.

tv

‘Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches’ Will Ask ‘How Should Women Use Power?’

Danielle Turchiano Metacritic
Spaulding noted that there are two clear paths someone could take: finding new ways to wield the power or modeling the patriarchy. The central question of the show, which she added will get "answered in various ways over the course of each episode and this season and beyond" is, "As female power emerges, how should a women use power?"

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.

Labor

labor

Fear and Loathing Among the Union Busters

Julia Rock The Lever
The tactics suggested by "union avoidance" consultants, such as “old-fashioned captive audience [speeches],” remain the same, with a slightly different twist to match the moment.

labor

Most Schools in England Affected by Strikes

Hazel Shearing BBC
Teachers in England and Wales were among thousands of workers taking action during what was said to be the biggest strike day for a decade.

labor

Picket Crosses Worker Lines

Hanna Raskin The Food Section
Workers on picket line. The newly formed Union of Southern Service Workers holds its first strike.

Friday nite video

video

Do You Need a Brain To Sleep?

You might think you need a brain to sleep, but organisms with super simple neural networks can still "sleep" sort of like we do.