Politics and History

shame sad face sign

Can shame also be used for public good?  There’s a judge in Texas who’s famous for his creative – and controversial – shame-based sentences.  To hear how they work, let’s go back to Thanksgiving evening, 1996. Houston, Texas. More

Boys at school

When Ashanti Branch first started teaching, he noticed that a lot of boys at his school were kind of checked out, absent and not on track to graduate. He decided to push them to take off the "male mask."More

USA Trilogy

Kim Stanley Robinson recommends "The Greatest Story of the 1920's That We Have: The U.S.A. Trilogy" by John Dos Passos.More

Manal al-Sharif

Manal al-Sharif on how the most transgressive thing a Saudi woman could do was learn to drive.More

Giant inflatable rat in front of Wells Fargo

Maybe shame – painful as it is – has some value. Maybe it’s not just an emotion, but a social tool. Jennifer Jacquet thinks that there’s an upside to shame. More

Screen shot from the "American Male": http://michaelrohrbaugh.com/portfolio/main/american-male-2/

Michael Rohrbaugh's short film “American Male” portrays the pitfalls of hyper-masculinity with a punch.More

"inventing america"

Eric Liu reviewing “Inventing America” by Gary Wills.More

cover of "The Negro Travelers' Green Book"

Lawrence Ross delved into the "Green Book," a 1957 handbook to help black motorists find safe stops along the highway, and used it to shape a contemporary road trip that celebrated black history, culture, and business.More

adults playing with Lego

Mary Kay Zuravleff's Dangerous Idea? Universal Recess.More

lightning

Ancient humans lived as hunter-gatherers, with animistic religions. So why did people start to believe in Big Gods?More

Donald Trump

People with a heightened sense of entitlement that they feel gives them a free pass. You and I have a word for these people. Philosopher Aaron James has an entire theory about them.More

Sherman Alexie

Some trips are more about psychic distance, like that of novelist Sherman Alexie. He's spent his whole life shuttling across cultural divides.More

The word "sex" on an iron pillar

Robin Rinaldi was mid-life, mid-career and mid-marriage when she placed that ad. It launched her wild oats project – a year spent exploring sex.More

Spoken word with Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre

Hip hop artist and poet Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre has his own set of responses to being told to man up. Ten to be exact.   More

My conversation with Turkish writer Elif Şafak back in April still sticks with me as the year comes to a close. In many parts of the...More

Take it to the streets

Occupy Wall Street co-creator says activists are following an outdated script.More

Artist and activist Molly Crabapple believes borders are soon becoming a thing of the past.More

Barney Frank

Former Congressman Barney Frank believes that if you want to see political change, don't go to a demonstration. Instead, lobby your local representatives and vote.More

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