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As crises go, medical insurance is not a very sexy one.

The main effect of bringing back the draft would be to further militarize the nation.

What are the thousand words, I wonder, that are worth the pictures of
grinning US soldiers sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib
prison?

Did you know that since January 1, women in Texas have not been able to
obtain abortions from the sixteenth week of pregnancy on?

The good news is that Utah has dropped murder charges against Melissa Rowland, who rejected her doctors' advice to undergo an immediate Caesarean section and gave birth to a stillborn boy and a g

Courtney Love's new record is called America's Sweetheart. Take that. It's a name that has been used facetiously by the press to describe her.

Single women under 65--those separated, widowed, divorced or never married--represent at least 24 percent of the voting-age population and a whopping 46 percent of voting-age women.

My friends had one question for me after I saw Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ: Is it anti-Semitic?

Since Miles Davis died on September 28, 1991, the merchandising machine has been in overdrive, pushing repackaged classics (Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain), niche compilations and

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In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 2015

This week's Altercation includes reviews of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's tributes to music icons and the darkly comedic Broadway hit Hand To God.

April 23, 2015

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 2015

Eric responds to his critics and reviews the best shows of the week in today's Altercation.

March 25, 2015

"Everybody thought everybody was fooling everybody. And both of us were probably right to a certain extent, everybody was fooling each of us."

March 19, 2015

The best TV shows, albums and concerts: it's all inside today's Altercation.

March 12, 2015

The ’60s crooner was a pioneer for women’s and LGBT rights in the entertainment industry and for social justice everywhere.

February 19, 2015

Eric Alterman on 2014's best music, concerts and the year of the box set.

January 22, 2015

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

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