This year's most powerful movies all draw on actual events and tackle big public issues and ethical dilemmas.
The welfare reform of the 1990s left millions of Americans near destitution.
An immigrant's kid gave our Songbook eternal life.
What will it take, economically and politically, to broadly regularize employment?
Ta-Nehisi Coates has written the race book of the year. Too bad it’s disempowering.
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.
How America became preoccupied with higher education’s bottom line.
The mortgage collapse was an entirely avoidable crisis—a brew of elite financial lobbying and bad policy.
The tension between religiosity and secular government goes back to the nation’s founding.
Two new books explain how rising inequality shattered the working-class family of the mid-20th century.
The question isn't so much whether candidates will admit what a disaster Iraq was, but what they've learned from the experience.
The CIA's manipulation of the National Student Association foreshadowed other forms of Cold War blowback that compromised democracy at home.
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.
If you think the Civil War is over, think again.
When L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetcs enterprise collapsed, he told his wife that the only way to make money was to found a religion, according to the HBO documentary, Going Clear.