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For posts before June 2012, please follow these links to our archives.

Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed at Fifty

Liza Featherstone JSTOR Daily
The Brazilian educator Paulo Freire’s book, first published in English 50 years ago, urges viewing students as interlocutors or partners in the learning process.

Don’t Watch Hillbilly Elegy — Listen to Dolly Parton Instead

Marianela D’Aprile Jacobin
Netflix announced the forthcoming movie adaptation of JD Vance’s reactionary, victim-blaming book Hillbilly Elegy yesterday. But why would anyone seek answers about life in Appalachia from a right-wing former venture capitalist?

The Five Horses of Doctor Ramón Emeterio Betances

By Martín Espada Poem-a-day
Martín Espada gives an eloquent elegy to Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances, a Puerto Rican abolitionist and revolutionary who addressed issues of pandemic and racial oppression.

Ballad of an American

Gregory N. Heires Portside
This book on Paul Robeson is the first-ever to be presented as a graphic biography.