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Lily Tomlin and Richard Pryor in 1974

Behind Richard Pryor’s jokes and barbs was a man yearning to be free.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing as a creature of secrets in The Imitation Game.

Hamilton Fish remembers legendary film director and creative force behind 'The Graduate', Mike Nichols.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains why climate change is the overriding issue of our time, talks at length about his relationship with Joni Mitchell and discusses life with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young.

An MQ-9 Reaper drone

Drones have taken on a life of their own in popular culture.

The FBI Files, 28 (2002), by Arnold Mesches

Must art confront ugly realities with an ugliness of its own?

Blogs

What are interns reading for the week of 12/05/14?

December 5, 2014

Americans today are a lot more familiar with his presidency than they think they are.

December 3, 2014

Eric on this week’s concerts and Reed on how, from Bill Cosby’s victims to drone strikes, the media refuse to protect the powerless.

December 2, 2014

What are interns reading for the week of 11/20/14?

November 21, 2014

Eric on this week in concerts and new music releases and Reed on how the mainstream press is always trying to tell the same (false) story about the Republican Party.

November 17, 2014

What are interns reading for the week of 11/13/14?

November 14, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, Eric Alterman reminded us that the so-called “experts” were wrong about the Berlin Wall. Some things haven’t changed much.

November 12, 2014

Need some reading suggestions? See below for recommended reads from our brilliant group of fall interns:

November 12, 2014

The best way to support the troops is to make every effort to keep them out of harm's way.

November 10, 2014

“Socialism is inseparable from democracy,” The Nation wrote in its 1989 editorial.

November 10, 2014