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The People vs Democracy

Lloyd Green The Guardian
Yascha Mounk argues that democracy and liberalism are not synonymous and counsels Americans to look to the examples of Hungary, India and Turkey.


PURE study makes headlines, but the conclusions are misleading

The Nutrition Source Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
The recently published Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (“PURE”) study made headlines about the conventional wisdom on fats and carbs, but several methodological problems cast doubt on its conclusions.


'Atlanta' Returns With A New 'Robbin' Season'

Linda Holmes NPR
Atlanta doesn't run on its ability to make you tune in to see what happens. It's a show about hustle; if it ever really stops being about hustle, that's likely to be just another vignette about a sudden windfall. For now, it runs on its ability to place you in a particular moment and depict the feeling of it with great precision in whatever way works best.


Review: When Karl Marx Was Young And Dashing

Michael Hirsch The Indypendent
Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx is the best buddy movie since George Roy Hill’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969. It’s also among the most important films in decades, bringing to a mass audience not just the revolutionary ideas of Marx and his friend and collaborator Frederick Engels in the early days of modern capitalism, but an approach to politics and history that still has no peer.


Marriage under Adversity

Emily West Common-Place: A Journal of Early American Life
This timely piece of work reminds us that the rights we sometimes take for granted have not always been available to all.


Hypocrites: Innocents Now Rule!!

Francine Tyler
Inspired by student outrage at the link between politicians and the National Rifle Association, the poet find hope in the no-longer-so-innocent next generation.


Ava DuVernay Cautions Against Premature Victory Lap for Hollywood’s Diversity Gains

Rebecca Sun Hollywood Reporter
Ava DuVernay As Ava DuVernay prepares to release Disney’s eagerly anticipated A Wrinkle in Time adaptation, which has put her in the history books as the first woman of color to direct a film with a $100 million-plus budget, she cautions against thinking that Hollywood has finally solved its diversity problems.


America’s First “Food Spy” Traveled the World Hunting for Exotic Crops

Anna Diamond Smithsonian Magazine
David Fairchild demonstrates a new crop spraying technique in 1889. A new book, The Food Explorer, tells the story of botanist David Fairchild who, in the 1890’s, sleuthed out over 200,000 kinds of fruits, vegetables and grains around the world. Thanks to his findings, the USDA distributed many new seeds and crops to farmers throughout the states.


Bad Election

Jennifer Michael Hecht American Poetry Review
How bad is bad? asks the poet Jennifer Michael Hecht, in this wrenching ballad of worse to worst.
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