Win Bassett: Pens in the Pen

January 23, 2014

A former prosecutor reflects on wrongful convictions, Damien Echols’s memoir, and the importance of prison arts programs.

David Morris: Republican Principles Depend on What’s Best for the Rich

January 23, 2014

A stark look at class warfare in Congress.

Theodoric Meyer and T. Christian Miller: Schumer Calls on Drug Makers to Add Safety Devices to Children’s Medicines Within a Year

January 22, 2014

It’s not just baby bottles, but safety bottles that keep a child safe.

Tom Engelhardt: The Golden Age of Journalism?

January 22, 2014

What if it’s not a decline in (print) journalism, but a rebirth of new (new) journalism?

Akhil Sharma: When Despair and Tenderness Collide

January 21, 2014

Mohsin Hamid and Akhil Sharma’s conversation about writing, literary labels, and how illness challenges narrative.

Jay Walljasper: The National Treasure in Your Neighborhood

January 21, 2014

On the enduring value of the city park.

Alfred McCoy: Surveillance and Scandal

January 21, 2014

NSA surveillance isn’t just about security. It’s about blackmail.

Mugambi Jouet: Is America Becoming Less Religious?

January 17, 2014

Faith continues to both unite and divide Americans.

Nick Turse: The Special Ops Surge

January 17, 2014

Elite U.S. forces are deployed in 134 countries. We know little about their missions.

Robert Reich: Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self Interest

January 17, 2014

The electoral effects of economic desperation.

Mirza Waheed: An Elegy Sung by Apparitions

January 16, 2014

On the Djinns of Kashmir.

Daniel Moss: Public Water Systems Can Help the War on Poverty

January 16, 2014

Rising water costs aggravate low-income families’ problems.

Charles Ornstein: Obamacare – A Midterm Report Card

January 16, 2014

How the Affordable Care Act is faring after the first half of the open enrollment period.

Normon Solomon: Why the Washington Post’s New Ties to the CIA Are So Ominous

January 15, 2014

The Washington Post is supposed to expose CIA secrets. Amazon is under contract to keep them.

Joaquin Sapien: Guarded Optimism

January 15, 2014

Examining the factors that contribute to sexual victimization in American prisons.

Jeremiah Goulka: Win Today, Lose Tomorrow

January 15, 2014

The USA: a country where, no matter your color, you are supposed to dress, act, and aspire to be white.

Roslyn Bernstein: Everything Grows

January 14, 2014

Inside Wangechi Mutu’s A Fantastic Journey.

Peter Van Buren: We Have to Destroy Our Constitution to Save It

January 14, 2014

Debunking ten myths about NSA surveillance.

Shani Boianjiu: An Odd Bird

January 14, 2014

Flash Fiction Crazy is not hereditary or anything like that.

Jennifer Percy: We Kill Ourselves Because We Are Haunted

January 13, 2014

‘I wanted to talk to veterans and the families of veterans for the same reason that many were telling me I could not talk to them.’ An excerpt from Demon Camp.

Benjamin Percy: In Touch with the Tooth and Claw

January 13, 2014

Alicia Oltuski talks with the novelist about writing habits, slippery science, and terror.

Michael Klare: The Death of Peak Oil?

January 13, 2014

Shale oil has changed the timeline, but we’re still going to run out of oil. Here’s why.

Diana Bruk: A Russian Jewish American Christmas

January 10, 2014

In the wake of the holiday season, reflections on a polyglot Christmas.

Robert Reich: Why The Republican’s Old Divide-and-Conquer Strategy Is Backfiring

January 10, 2014

What happens when the poor and working class are on the same losing side.

Jeremy Brecher: Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate Change

January 9, 2014

A legal argument for climate protection based on the vitality of future generations.

Nina Martin: Amid Abortion Debate, the Pursuit of Science

January 9, 2014

A leading abortion researcher on science and stigmatization.

Nick Turse: America’s Black-Ops Blackout

January 8, 2014

Trying to calculate the man-years spent by Green Berets, Rangers, Navy SEALs, Special Operations Aviators, and Delta Force commandos all over the world.

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein: Medicare Wants Power to Ban Harmful Prescribers

January 8, 2014

From Plan B to Part D, another controversial medical scenario.

Rebecca Solnit: Resisting Monoculture

January 7, 2014

A response to Grist: It’s not about the buses, or, why San Franciscans don’t love Silicon Valley.

Robert Reich: The Year of the Great Redistribution

January 7, 2014

How wage reductions made 2013 the year of redistribution (upward of course).