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October 14, 2013 | The Nation

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October 14, 2013

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Editorials

For half a century, the Institute for Policy Studies has been an invaluable font of progressive ideas and action. We look forward to the next half-century.

He’s saying the right things. Will the US Conference of Catholic Bishops listen?

At its LA convention, organized labor vowed to reinvigorate organizing and strengthen progressive alliances. And not a moment too soon.

Columns

He seems like a lovely, modest man, but there's no sign he will change the church’s stance on issues that matter to women.

As the wealth gap grows, so have the number of ways a woman can sell her body. What is the cost?

Articles

Waiting lists for food aid have been growing for years—now almost 15 percent of the nation's elderly don't have enough to eat.

Americans remain mostly blind to the abusive treatment of terror suspects on US soil.

Is AmeriCorps a lifeline for debt-burdened young Americans—or one more example of relentless government cost-cutting?

Books & the Arts

Is sensory deprivation an escape from or toward the fatigue and distractions of the digital life?

Book

The Childhood of Jesus explores the fictitious dimensions of a just and compassionate world.

Film

Jason Osder’s Let the Fire Burn; Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s After Tiller; Peter Morgan and Ron Howard’s Rush; anniversary wishes to Stuart Klawans from Rabbi Simcha Feffeferman

Crossword

And don’t miss Kosman and Picciotto’s crossword blog, Word Salad.