Lara Naughton: America’s Prison RodeoJuly 2016
In Louisiana, incarceration is a spectator sport.
Major Jackson: Where Scars ResideApril 2016
The Kiss: The observation of a kiss brings on a stream of memories.
Juan Villoro: Violence-MeterJune 2015
The acclaimed Mexican author confronts the normalization of violence.
A Boy My Sister Dated in High SchoolMay 2015
When the boy she was dating hit my sister, it made a sharp cracking sound, just like it does in the movies.
Lost and found in the femicide regions of the US-Mexico border.
Manash Bhattacharjee: Let Children BeFebruary 2015
On violence against children after the Peshawar tragedy.
Céline Sciamma: Bande De FillesFebruary 2015
Alex Zafiris talks to French director Céline Sciamma about her new film, Girlhood.
Andrew Johnson: On ImpunityNovember 2014
I’ve always been given the benefit of the doubt.
Violently WroughtNovember 2014
The author of A Brief History of Seven Killings on Bob Marley, writing terror explicitly, and why sloppiness serves good storytelling.
Lois Beckett: Violence and Mental HealthJune 2014
An interview with behavioral health expert Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, who studies the relationship between mental illness and violence.
Mallika Kaur: Ten Thousand Pairs of ShoesJune 2014
Finally talking about June 1984---30 years later---will honor the dead and protect the living.
Helen Benedict: The Moral Confusion of Post-War AmericaMay 2014
At a Manhattan bookstore, Iraqi author Hassan Blasim’s reading touches off a discussion of more than just literature.
Francisco Cantú: A Massacre, RecurringApril 2014
In Shadows at Dawn, historian Karl Jacoby uses a single moment of bloodshed to examine the persistence of violence in the U.S./Mexico borderlands.
Ann Jones: Star-Spangled BaggageApril 2014
How America’s wars came home with the troops.
Richard Falk: The Westgate Mall Massacre & the Rage of FanaticismSeptember 2013
How does truth inform genocide, and vice versa?
Joaquin Sapien: Questions Arise in Effort to End Prison RapeSeptember 2013
It took years to enact tougher standards for investigating and punishing sexual violence in jails and prisons. Now, there is frustration over how those reforms will be enforced.
Tom Engelhardt: The Secret History of G.I. JoeAugust 2013
Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader, and warmaking in children’s culture.
James Dawes: The Guts of AtrocityJuly 2013
Legacy Russell talks with the author of Evil Men about conversing with war criminals and the paradoxes of naming "evil deeds."
The Answer is ColombiaJune 2013
Reading Gabriel García Márquez’s morbidity in the happiest country on earth.
Rafia Zakaria: The Tragedies of Other PlacesApril 2013
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, a columnist for Pakistan’s largest English newspaper reflects on why violent attacks leave a more lasting impression if they happen on American soil.
Joe Van Acker: IndefensibleApril 2013
Hockey’s toughest tradition is harder to support than ever.
Chase Madar: The School Security America Doesn’t NeedFebruary 2013
After Newtown: turning schools into prisons
The Dark Side of Asperger’sFebruary 2013
Adam Lanza may have had Asperger's, a condition our author lives with. Marginalizing him—whether he’s 'one of us' or not—only further compounds the tragedy.
Justin Mortimer: Contorted ViewJanuary 2013
Reed Cooley speaks with the artist on his recent exhibition at Haunch of Venison’s Chelsea gallery.
Rachel Arons: Broadwell, Kelley, and the Cinematic CatfightNovember 2012
The fantasy of girl-on-girl violence underlying the Petraeus scandal.
Rafia Zakaria: Fighting is ForbiddenNovember 2012
Recent Islamist politics have turned the holy month of Muharram into a time of battle. Facing mounting violence, Karachi enters the Muslim year 1434 as a city under siege.
Maura Fitzgerald: Better AimAugust 2012
In response to the Wisconsin and Aurora shootings, a writer reflects on communal responsibility, gun violence, and American understandings of difference.
Mallika Kaur: Fear None, Frighten NoneAugust 2012
After Sunday's shootings, Sikh Americans in Milwaukee and elsewhere need and deserve an informed response.
Legacy Russell: Dead Troops1 TalkAugust 2012
On bearing witness, re-viewing trauma.
Stephan Salisbury: Police Shootings Echo NationwideJuly 2012
The Aurora shooting gets the attention, but guns are going off everywhere.
Joe Penney: A Mystery Airstrike and Mali’s “Inevitable” WarJuly 2012
Calls for a Western intervention in northern Mali, now being called “Africa’s Afghanistan,” rely on logical fallacies and ignore recent history.
Abhimanyu Das: Bat-MythosJuly 2012
Superhero ideology, Batman, and the Aurora shootings
Katie Ryder: AuroraJuly 2012
Chance, survival, and what we wish could be true.
Jina Moore: Colorado, Gun Control and the Great American MalaiseJuly 2012
Can we afford to be this cynical?
Rob Spillman: Jury DutyJuly 2012
A month on a Grand Jury reveals what happens when guns are cheap and easy to come by.
Eli Cane: Wounds and ScarsJuly 2012
A Lakota man from the Cheyenne River Reservation went to Rapid City for heart surgery and came back with Klan insignia carved into his chest.
Gang, InterruptedFebruary 2012
Hoop Dreams director Steve James’s new film follows former gang members who neutralize Chicago gang violence
From CatastrophesDecember 2011 They string people upside down from the verandas and split them with bayonets. Halved people hang in rows and the blood drips pif-pif-paf in the snow.
Listen to the BannedDecember 2010
Just in time for the holidays, a new CD compiles a who’s who of banned musicians from around the world.
A Carefully Crafted F**k YouMarch 2010
The gender-theorist-turned-philosopher-of-nonviolence discusses the choices that make people expendable, the violent foundation of nonviolent activism, and the role grief can play in setting a new course.
On the Emancipation of WomenJanuary 2010
Just as the 1800s were ripe for the abolition of slavery, this century will bring forces to bear on freeing women from violence, slavery, and oppression.