Culture

Perpetually Outraged, Perpetually Outrageous

Donald Trump, a candidate with all the subtlety of talk radio, is the perfect expression of both the politics and media of our time.

Movies of the Year: A Bracing Dose of Reality

This year's most powerful movies all draw on actual events and tackle big public issues and ethical dilemmas.

The War on the Poor

The welfare reform of the 1990s left millions of Americans near destitution.

Frank Sinatra, America's Definitive Voice

An immigrant's kid gave our Songbook eternal life. 

Security for a Precarious Workforce

What will it take, economically and politically, to broadly regularize employment?  

Ta-Nehisi Coates's Caricature of Black Reality

Ta-Nehisi Coates has written the race book of the year. Too bad it’s disempowering.

Still Missing New Orleans

When Europe lost the home of Mozart to war, America rebuilt it. When the U.S. lost the home of jazz to flood, it sold it to private speculators.

It's All About the Money

How America became preoccupied with higher education’s bottom line.  

How the Bankers Destroyed the Dream

The mortgage collapse was an entirely avoidable crisis—a brew of elite financial lobbying and bad policy. 

Piety and Politics in America

The tension between religiosity and secular government goes back to the nation’s founding.  

The Real Story of the American Family

Two new books explain how rising inequality shattered the working-class family of the mid-20th century.

Should We Relitigate the Iraq War in the 2016 Campaign? You Bet We Should

The question isn't so much whether candidates will admit what a disaster Iraq was, but what they've learned from the experience.

When the Student Movement Was a CIA Front

The CIA's manipulation of the National Student Association foreshadowed other forms of Cold War blowback that compromised democracy at home.

Janet Mock's Brilliant Cultural Insurgency

As perhaps the most visible trans woman in the public eye, being herself—and having fun doing it—is the feminist TV journalist's wildly effective form of activism.

Today's GOP: The Party of Jefferson Davis -- Not Lincoln

If you think the Civil War is over, think again.

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