Category: News

Is America Ready to Make Reparations?

Listen with: iTunes WNYC Stitcher TuneIn Late in the Civil War, the Union general William T. Sherman confiscated four hundred thousand acres of land from Confederate planters and ordered it redistributed, in forty-acre lots, to formerly enslaved people—a promise revoked by President Andrew Johnson almost as soon as it was made. More than a hundred…

By JohnValbyNation May 27, 2019 0

The Case to Impeach Trump for Bigotry

On May 16th, Representative Al Green, as he has many times since 2017, stood on the House floor to implore his colleagues to initiate impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, this time with a copy of the Mueller report in hand and an American-flag tie on his collar. “Since [the report’s] release, we have had…

By JohnValbyNation May 27, 2019 0

Sunday Reading: School Drama

In 1970, Roger Angell wrote an essay for The New Yorker on the courage and resolve of young students in the aftermath of the Kent State University shootings. “Only the very young are capable of such a quick and deep swing of emotions,” he wrote. Angell recognized that campus life, even absent tragedy, often unfolds…

By JohnValbyNation May 27, 2019 0

The Victims of Larry Nassar Who Dared to Come Forward First

In the summer of 2016, Rachael Denhollander was scrolling through Facebook at her home in Louisville, Kentucky, when she happened upon the cover story of the day’s Indianapolis Star. It was an investigation into U.S.A. Gymnastics, one of the nation’s most prominent Olympic organizations, concluding that for years the federation’s top officials had mishandled allegations…

By JohnValbyNation May 27, 2019 0

Can Data Be Human? The Work of Giorgia Lupi

The designer Giorgia Lupi was born in 1981 and believes that she is part of a special bridge generation. “I was raised in a completely analog environment,” she says. “I was a teen-ager when all of the awkward connection and human connection needed to be made in real life. But, at the same time, because…

By JohnValbyNation May 27, 2019 0