Culture

Can the Working Family Work in America?

America still hasn’t adjusted to family realities in the 21st century. Here’s what needs to be done and why we need to do it. 

Harnessing the Power of the New Working Class

If the new proletariat starts identifying as a class, it could transform politics. 

American Maelstrom

A new book by Michael Cohen brings back the pivotal presidential election of 1968, which first revealed the fault lines that still define American politics today.

Shall We Be Released?

The mass folly of mass incarceration and the road back to sane prison policy. 

It Didn't Start with Stonewall

A new history deepens our understanding of the origins of the gay rights movement and the transformation it has brought about.

Leading from the Left

For Ted Kennedy, political leadership meant moving public opinion—not chasing after an elusive center. 

Political Money: New Best-Selling Book Genre?

A rash of new political money books signals that publishers now regard the once-obscure issue of campaign financing as popular fare.

David Bowie, Media Economist

How Bowie's predictions of the digital media revolution reshaped music, books, and journalism. 

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.

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