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Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You

By | 2017-07-18T13:17:45+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Categories: Issue 33: 13 July 2017|Tags: , , |

By Tara Campbell   On June 29, to little fanfare, the State Department reinstated the approximately sixty Foreign Service job offers it had abruptly rescinded from Pickering and Rangel Fellows earlier in the month. The Pickering and Rangel programs seek to diversify the U.S. Foreign Service by providing undergraduate and graduate scholarships and Foreign Service jobs to women, [...]

The Tao that Trump Won’t Hear

By | 2017-06-27T15:08:37+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Issue 31: 29 June 2017|Tags: , , , |

By H.L.M. Lee   When I take my younger daughter to school, I see the rush of her first grade friends running to hug each other and share head lice (much to the chagrin of every parent). My daughter’s BFF has a father from England and a mother from Maine. Another girl’s father is Muslim and [...]

In the Trump Era, Factory Workers Send Secret Messages

By | 2017-06-20T16:44:30+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Issue 30: 22 June 2017|Tags: , |

By Amy L. Freeman   resist Last Thursday, I found that single word scrawled in black Sharpie on the cardboard inside a package of photos I’d ordered. Odd, I thought, turning over the first of my photos. The pictures were of me with my children, holding signs at the recent Women’s March, smiling and determined amidst [...]

Reflections on Trump, Torture and Camus’ The Rebel

By | 2017-05-26T12:49:42+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Categories: Issue 26: 25 May 2017|Tags: , , , , |

By Karen Malpede   It will get worse. Much worse with the Trump Administration fully in place. The Cabinet from hell, a collection of incompetents, racists, sexists, fossil fuel and other business moguls, Islamophobes, and ignoramuses, is in a slow, agonizing process of confirmation, one by one, against widespread civil protest and principled opposition from most [...]

The Violence of Ageism

By | 2017-05-17T13:22:42+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Categories: Issue 25: 18 May 2017|Tags: , , , |

By Margaret Morganroth Gullette   As the entire world now knows, Dr. David Dao is the passenger who was dragged off a United Airlines Flight on April 9th by Chicago police who broke his nose, gave him a concussion and smashed two of his teeth. He may need restorative surgery. Some media have treated this as [...]

First 100 Days: March of the Millennials and Grandmas

By | 2017-04-26T17:34:54+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Categories: Issue 22: 27 Apr 2017|Tags: , , , |

By Candy Schulman Editor's note: Trump's inauguration initiated a series of public demonstrations that have continued throughout his first 100 days—including, challenging his refusal to release his taxes, in support of science and the environment, in defiance of his bigoted attempts to limit immigration and, as this essay reminds us, to make clear the power of women inspired [...]

Impressions of the USA

By | 2017-04-12T18:27:46+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Issue 20: 13 April 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By Cong Tran Editor's note: Cong Tran, or Tran Quoc Cong in Vietnamese naming convention, paid his first visit to the United States in 2007, an invited guest at the memorial service for author and Pulitzer Prize winning Vietnam War correspondent David Halberstam. Mr. Tran had guided and ultimately befriended the journalist during a return visit to Vietnam by the [...]

The Return of History

By | 2017-04-05T22:19:49+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Categories: Issue 19: 06 Apr 2017|Tags: , |

By Easton Smith   I was born in 1989, the same year that Francis Fukuyama published his essay, “The End of History?” The Berlin Wall fell that year, collapsing history (such a delicate thing, after all) underneath it. It was final: Liberal democracy and global capitalism were the inevitable tide to raise all boats. My whole [...]

A List by Noria Jablonski

By | 2017-04-02T07:39:32+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Categories: Issue 18: 30 Mar 2017|Tags: , , |

25 things, post-election: Normally I shy away from posting anything too personal, but this time isn’t normal. A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with MS. My professional life came to an abrupt end. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I currently have access to health insurance. The medication I take to slow the [...]

Curry’s Common Ground

By | 2017-03-22T15:21:35+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Issue 17: 23 Mar 2017|Tags: , |

By Mary Petiet   The man behind the counter glances between the potent spice mixes and my ten-year-old son. “You like this?” the man asks in a heavy Pakistani accent. He starts ringing up the sale, and cultures connect as my blond towhead grins widely and tells him he loves curry. When I was ten years old, [...]

Brother, Can You Spare the Time?

By | 2017-07-20T07:02:49+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Categories: Issue 15: 9 Mar 2017|Tags: , |

By Kevin Patrick McCarthy   Every day, impoverished buskers lay down a diverse soundtrack on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. Even as we studiously avoid their eyes, we’re ensnared in their webs of mood and memory. They count on our collective wondering and remembered joys. My favorite is a skinny longhair. His white whiskers are choppy, [...]

Black Lives Matter? Will Our Stories Save Us?

By | 2017-02-22T16:41:03+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Issue 13: 23 Feb 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Amy Abugo Ongiri   Asa Sullivan didn’t want to go back to jail and he shouldn’t have had to. But, on June 6, 2006, neighbors in a rapidly gentrifying area of San Francisco called the police to report what they believed to be suspicious behavior. Though they did not have a search warrant, police entered [...]