The New Space Race: NASA, China, and Jeff Bezos

Listen with: iTunes WNYC Stitcher TuneIn This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11, the NASA mission that first put men on the moon. In the decades since Apollo 11, the American space program has atrophied. No manned American space mission has left low Earth orbit since 1972. But recent developments in the space…

By JohnValbyNation July 12, 2019 0

The Case for Declaring a National Climate Emergency

On Tuesday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders announced their proposal for a resolution declaring a national climate emergency. The timing was appropriate. Ten years ago, President Obama travelled to Denmark to pledge to the world that by 2020, through the Copenhagen Accord, the United States would reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions seventeen per cent…

By JohnValbyNation July 12, 2019 0

The Beautiful Uncertainty of Douglas Crimp

In a 2007 interview with the writer Sarah Schulman, the art historian Douglas Crimp said that he was “temperamentally just so put off by certainty, by political certainty.” Crimp died on July 5th, at the age of seventy-four. He has and will be memorialized as a visionary curator, historian, and philosopher of art. But, for…

By JohnValbyNation July 10, 2019 0

Will Los Angeles Lose a Beloved Piece of Public Art?

Los Angeles still gets to ask itself regularly what kind of city it wants to be. For instance: Does it believe in large-scale, outdoor, egalitarian public art? In 2001, the artist Mark di Suvero installed “Declaration,” a twenty-five-ton sculpture, on the boardwalk at Venice Beach. Just over sixty feet tall, made from raw-steel I-beams, the…

By JohnValbyNation July 10, 2019 0

Three Key Questions About Trump and the Economy

Following the Independence Day break, the political world is digesting three bits of positive economic news for the Trump Administration. On July 1st, the current economic expansion became the longest since the federal government started collecting comprehensive economic statistics—a run of ten years and one month. Early last week, the stock market hit a new…

By JohnValbyNation July 10, 2019 0