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September 16, 2010
Arianna Huffington: who will change the conversation?
Arianna Huffington is the fair, smart, brassy embodiment of a new conversation trying to happen. At a sold-out book party at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, I am interrupting her...|
March 16, 2017
Welcome to Our Neoliberal World
In recent weeks, our comments section has been filled with request to define a term we use constantly on this show: neoliberalism. For people who like buzzwords parsed and spelled...|
November 17, 2016
Last week, the election of Donald J. Trump came as a thunderclap. This week, the echoes are still ringing in the ears of the American polity. Reports of the demise...|
June 24, 2015
Let’s Talk About Charleston
This week we talked about the young white man, Dylann Storm Roof, who — self-deputized to protect white America — gutted one of the South’s most historic black churches. His...|
May 12, 2015
TPP On Trial
The Democrats’ revolt against President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership has everything to do with the “giant sucking sound” of job loss echoing over Baltimore and St. Louis, Detroit and Gary…...|
March 12, 2015
‘The Changing Same’: Race in America
Orlando Patterson has spent his career puzzling over the "immutable force" in American race relations. Is it the ongoing, grassroots cultural revolution we see and hear in the world of...|
May 22, 2014
The New U.
Continuing our series on higher ed, we're hacking our way to a better model; call it New U. There won't be a football team or a building and grounds department...|
May 1, 2014
The French Sensation
Capital is a giant, data-packed tome on income inequality covering three hundred years of history by the French economist Thomas Piketty. Is there a reason he’s getting the rock star...|
April 6, 2014
Rumsfeld, Snowflake by Snowflake
One of our producers reflects on Rumsfeld, the making of "The Unknown Known", and what the paper trail has to tell us about war and political life today: "I was...|
October 2, 2013
James Douglass: JFK and the Unspeakable. Part...
James Douglass is bracing us to reimagine John F. Kennedy around the 50th anniversary of his “rendezvous with death.” He’s encouraging us to face what has seemed to me a...|
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