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on Sep 19, 2014 - 17:47 PM ET
FDR

Ken Burns’s fourteen-hour series The Roosevelts is giving a big ratings boost to PBS. And even with George Will rather gently criticizing FDR, the show makes a persuasive argument for more government involvement in the lives of the nation’s citizens.

But PBS is not so sympathetic to New Deal policies...

US Politics, Television, Society
on Sep 19, 2014 - 16:29 PM ET
Doctor examines patient.

On Tuesday, San Francisco became the first US city to go on record in opposition to bans on sex-selective abortion, when its board of supervisors approved a measure urging the state legislature not to pass such a law. The measure also “calls upon other cities, states and the federal government to likewise reject these discriminatory measures.”

Critics say sex-selective abortion bans, which have passed in eight states and been introduced in twenty-one...

on Sep 19, 2014 - 16:09 PM ET
Student reading

The NFL’s reaction to two of its players’ off-the-field misconduct has sparked some important national debates about domestic violence and, most recently, child abuse. And because these players—Ray Rice, caught on video beating his wife, and Adrian Petersen, accused of beating his son—are black, it has also prompted us to examine how these issues intersect with race.

Let’s take the corporal punishment of children. Spanking kids as a...

Racism and Discrimination
on Sep 19, 2014 - 15:03 PM ET
Ferguson protests

There has been no peace in Ferguson, Missouri, since the shooting death of the unarmed Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Now community members are saying that as long as the justice is both delayed and denied, it is obscene for the games to go on in St. Louis as usual. A call has gone out by Ferguson community organizers to...

Sports, Society
on Sep 19, 2014 - 14:33 PM ET
People's Climate March poster

You may have heard that what is expected to be the largest rally for an environmental cause in US history is happening this Sunday, September 21, in Manhattan. More than 100,000 people are planning to join a historic march for climate action two days before President Obama and world leaders attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations.

In Europe and Australia growing numbers of people are joining the Fossil Free...

on Sep 19, 2014 - 13:59 PM ET
Healthcare worker

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but the Ebola crisis shows this lesson is still lost on the institutions that control the global public health agenda.

By the time West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has run its course, as many as 20,000 lives will be extinguished. But not by the disease alone; people are dying from neglect: neglect by...