Culture

‘Loving’ Reminds Us of an Earlier Struggle for Marriage Equality

A new movie about the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized interracial marriage resonates today in the wake of Obergefell v. Hodges.

Swept Away in the Sixties

What did the era amount to? One thing is certain: It wasn’t a revolution. 

When Liberalism Came Apart

Two new books about the late 1960s provide grist for thinking about political turbulence today. 

Half of Prince's $300 Million Estate Could Be Taxed. That's a Good Thing.

The late pop star eschewed tax-dodging chicanery and will still leave a sizable fortune to his heirs—as well as to the taxpayers who helped him succeed.

Worlds of Inequality

The winners and losers of globalization. Must it be this way?

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.

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