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Dear George Bush: Don't stop with Scooter Libby. Why not go all the way and pardon everyone unfairly held behind bars?

The Dangerous Book for Boys does no boy a favor by resuscitating the Anglo-imperial manly ideals. And what about girls?

The Roberts Court rules that six months into being screwed by your boss, pay discrimination is your own damn fault.

Four decades later, much of the thrill is gone from The Beatles' magnum opus. Except for one song.

Who says American feminists have ignored the plight of Muslim women?

In a gruesome marriage of technology and medieval barbarity, an Internet video records the stoning death of a 17-year-old Kurdish girl. Welcome to the new Iraq.

Nearly fifty years after Ornette Coleman revolutionized jazz, he is finally being honored with the music world's top awards.

The Supreme Court's recent antichoice decision shows how deeply
disinformation has seeped into the abortion debate.

In an overpopulated and warming world, isn't it weird that governments are encouraging large families?

Dinesh D'Souza revs up the Republican base with a book arguing that lifestyles of the decadent left triggered Muslim anger that led to 9/11.

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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