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How We Got to Sesame Street

Jill Lepore The New Yorker
The show was created to put kids’ screen time to good use. Half a century later, how is it holding up?

Plots Against America?: Jim Crow Was Homegrown Fascism

Guy Lancaster History News Network
The HBO miniseries adaptation of Philip Roth's novel The Plot Against America is an opportunity for historians and the public to think about the relationship of Jim Crow to fascism

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Can Journalism Be Saved?

Nicholas Lemann The New York Review of Books
The evolution (or devolution) of journalism from reporting of facts through investigatory exposes to today's spread of Internet chatter.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The child's neighborhood is full not only of kindness and happiness, but fear, jealousy, anxiety and the entire range of emotions. Mr. Rogers confronted them all.

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A Marxist guide to crime drama

Sofie Mason Counterfire
At its best, crime drama does not simply try to terrify us with pure unblinking evil but gives us studies of dysfunctional human beings mangled by capitalism, argues Sofie Mason
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