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Multiple commentaries from the journal show a pattern of making sure white people aren’t taken for total villains when discussing slavery.

At the railhead of the freight train known as “the Beast” in Chiapas, Mexico

Trials and tribulations along the migrant trail from Central America to the United States.

Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Can Indonesia’s charismatic new president solve the slow-burning crises of the world’s third-largest democracy?

56 Leonard-Woolworth view

How Michael Bloomberg turned architecture into a sixty-four-ounce Coke.

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 15, 2014

How “Fuck the Police” came to narrate the town’s humiliations and violations.

Art Spiegelman, Self-Portrait With Maus Mask, 1989

Art Spiegelman’s twitchy irreverence

Tulips (1995–98), by Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons and the art of blissful idiocy; Kara Walker’s art of subtlety.

Marcelo Gleiser

Marcelo Gleiser wants to heal the rift between humanists and scientists by deflating scientific dreams of establishing final truths.

An excerpt from Victor Navasky's The O'Dell File reveals the story of the civil rights movement's 'unsung hero' who has been wrongly written out of the pages of history.

Blogs

The Roosevelts pumps PBS ratings, but that doesn’t make the network any less centrist.

September 19, 2014

Ntozake Shange, author of the groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, explains what the Ray Rice scandal means for black feminism.

September 18, 2014

The Nation and the Center for Community Change partnered together for an essay contest in which young people were asked to submit a photo they found meaningful and an essay explaining the significance of the photo in 500 words.

September 17, 2014

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

"Outside, the ground separates, / breaking open like sores..."

September 3, 2014

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.

September 3, 2014

A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was “a vision of an aesthetic hell.”

September 2, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014

The quagmire of the Vietnam War was built on a “queasy foundation of fact and myth.”

July 31, 2014