Culture

The Stupidity of Hating Your Senator for Living Where You've Sent Her to Work

Should we really get mad if our representatives spend too much time in Washington, where they're supposed to be doing their jobs?

How Chuck Todd Can Save Meet the Press

If he can make it as awful as it was in Tim Russert's day, he just might succeed.

Robin Williams and the Weight of Being Famous

It's a wonder more celebrities aren't driven to despair by it.

Watch Paul Waldman on Washington Journal

See the Prospect's contributing editor not react to a caller's assertion of a particular sort of enagement by members of a political party with a moose appendage.

Epic! Cheney Made to Answer to Paul Waldman's Assessment of Iraq Record

In an epic bit of television, Fox News' Megyn Kelly reads Waldman's critique of Cheney's Iraq record to the former vice president on the air—and demands a reaction.

Why Grayson Would Make Perfect Opponent to Gowdy on Benghazi Committee

Many progressives have argued for a Democratic boycott of the House Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi, but that would be a colossal error. 

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.

The 'Rapacious' Business Model That Rules the Church of Scientology

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.

5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball

March Madness now brings in more cash than the Super Bowl, but its star players won't see a dime. 

The Many Ways the University of Oklahoma Fraternity Scandal Reveals America's Racism Denial

Bill Kristol blames rap music. And the fraternity's lawyer says the racist chanters were "tarred and feathered." (Yes, he did.)

Historian as History-Maker: Isabel Wilkerson Calls All of America to Account for Racial Injustice

The acclaimed author of The Warmth of Other Suns is not about to let the North off the hook. A conversation with the chronicler of the Great Migration.

America's Only Black Piano-Maker Soldiers on Through Slights and Triumphs

When musician Warren Shadd decided to manufacture a line of high-tech pianos based on his own designs but with little capital, everyone thought he was crazy.

'Selma' and 'The Birth of a Nation': A Tale of Two Films, 100 Years Apart

A century after D.W. Griffith's artful abomination, Selma succeeds by telling the true story of everyday people who come together to achieve the improbable.

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