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Nation in the News

TV and radio appearances by Nation writers and editors, big Nation announcements.

Greg Kaufmann: The Real 'Welfare Queens'

States are giving unprecedented tax breaks to corporations—but unlike welfare recipients, Nation writer Greg Kaufmann says, "nobody's talking about drug-testing them." Kaufmann joins a panel on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show to break down the hypocrisies of government largesse. "We would like to think that for all these tax breaks, we'd be seeing some good jobs created," he says. Instead, one in three Americans is languishing below twice the poverty line.

James Cersonsky

McDonald's guest workers are making close to nothing in the name of "cultural exchange." Read Josh Eidelson's update on their fight for justice. 

Dave Zirin: What's to Love About Baseball?

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What’s so bad about steroids in baseball? And why do Americans care so much about the sport in the first place? As Nation sports editor Dave Zirin puts it, “There’s a timelessness about it that we want to be able to preserve, and not think that it’s getting out of whack with the times, with technology—which is really what performance-enhancing drugs represent.” Zirin joins acclaimed writers Jane Leavy, Frank Deford and John Grisham at the Virginia Festival of the Book to reflect on the meaning of the game.

James Cersonsky

What can pro sports do to stop rape? As Dave Zirin writes, a lot.

What Can Men Do to Stop Rape Culture?

At a panel presented by V-Day and The Nation, Eve Ensler challenged men to up their role in combating violence against women. As Nation sports editor Dave Zirin put it, rape culture is “what happens to our culture when we let it sit and don’t actively challenge violence against women.” It’s “not the two boys in Steubenville who committed the crime, it was the fifty people who saw it happen and did nothing.” To change that culture, the panel asks, what will it take to redefine masculinity? And what role do women have in that conversation?

James Cersonsky

What can pro sports do to help end rape culture? Read Dave Zirin’s take.

Dave Zirin: Why Did NBC Air a Deadpan Interview With a Convicted Rapist?

Touting it as an “exclusive” segment, the Today show aired snippets from an interview of convicted child abuser and former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. As Nation sportswriter Dave Zirin argues on Viewpoint, NBC’s move throws fire on those hurt most by the Sandusky scandal. “Whatever the opposite of credible is,” he says, “I wish I could use a word that would express the acidic nature of what NBC did to its own reputation by airing this interview.”

James Cersonsky

What’s so funny about Steubenville? Read Jessica Valenti’s take.

Ross Tuttle: The Heavy Hands Behind Stop-and-Frisk

The trial over New York’s stop-and-frisk practices is shining a light on the rampant injustices faced by communities of color—and the heavy demands put on NYPD officers. As Nation contributor Ross Tuttle explains, “They’re told to go out there and do these stops based on nothing more than getting quotas, meeting numbers, meeting these objectives—and if they don’t, they’re under threat.” Tuttle joins a panel on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show to break down what’s at stake in Floyd v. City of New York.

—James Cersonsky

Listen to TheNation.com’s exclusive audio of the police union’s accedence to hard-and-fast “collar” quotas.

John Nichols: The Death and Rebirth of Journalism

“We are constantly told that we should believe that there is a future for journalism—it’s online,” Nation writer John Nichols says. “Unfortunately that future for journalism, by and large, doesn’t pay anybody.” Nichols moderates a panel at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books, aired on C-SPAN, on the death—and new life—of the craft. (The panel begins six hours into this clip.) As newsrooms and news desks close, what new models are arising? What does this mean for political discourse? And where do women fit in?

James Cersonsky

Chris Hayes, Ed Schultz and the “47 percent” man are on the move. Read Leslie Savan’s take.

Greg Kaufmann: What's Next for the Anti-Poverty Contract?

Why the call for an “Anti-Poverty Contract”? “We need to develop a platform, something affirmative, that brings people together—not just people in poverty and not just the middle class, but that really shows that our interests are converging,” The Nation’s Greg Kaufmann says. “We really have to figure out a way to get more power and put more progressive policies out there.” Appearing on The Matthew Filipowicz Show, Kaufmann discusses the crisis facing tens of millions of Americans living in poverty—and the unified effort to resolve it.

—James Cersonsky

What does Thomas Perez’s nomination for Labor Secretary mean for domestic workers? Read Bryce Covert’s analysis.

Jeremy Scahill: Democrat Leaders Are Also to Blame for the Iraq War

On the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Nation Institute fellow Jeremy Scahill explained to MSNBC’s Martin Bashir the fallout of the conflict, including $800 billion wasted and 4,475 US personnel and more than 100,000 Iraqis killed.

“I don’t see this as the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War,” Scahill said. “This was a war that started in 1991 and was waged consistently by the United States, and it was a bipartisan war.”

In the 1990s, Bill Clinton led a long bombing campaign and imposed a brutal regime of economic sanctions that disproportionately targeted the Iraqi people, Scahill said. Then during the lead-up to the war, key members of the current administration, notably former senators Joe Biden and John Kerry, failed to debate its rationale and question unfounded claims of weapons of mass destruction.

—Alec Luhn

Jeremy Scahill’s book Dirty Wars will be published on April 23, and his documentary film of the same name won a top prize at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Josh Eidelson: Will Justice Be Served for McDonald's Guest Workers?

When we talk about the conditions of guest workers, “they’re often talked about as a dirty little secret,” The Nation’s Josh Eidelson says. “But the truth is, what’s happening to guest workers reflects a lot about what’s happening to work in the United States—in terms of precarity, the decline in security, let alone a union contract.” Eidelson joins an Al Jazeera panel to discuss the struggle of McDonald’s workers on “cultural exchange” and the federal program that leaves them vulnerable to abuse.

James Cersonsky

In Olympia, Washington, healthcare workers are on strike—for better healthcare. Read Greg Kaufmann’s take.

Katha Pollitt: Is 'Leaning In' Enough for Workplace Equality?

“I think a lot of the writing and conversation about women and work—it’s a real downer,” says Nation columnist Katha Pollitt. Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, she says, provides some much-needed optimism. Even so, “there are plenty of women who have leaned in very hard” but still experience discrimination, and Sandberg’s book could have put more emphasis on policies like affirmative action. Pollitt joins a PBS News Hour panel to discuss the challenges women face in the workplace—and where men fit into the equation.

James Cersonsky

What can sports coaches do to stop rape? Read Dave Zirin’s take.

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