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The Rise of Adjunct Lit

How a bleak future in and out of the academy has produced a new kind of campus novel.

Maggie Doherty


Republicans Will Punish Democrats for Every Reform They Make

But that shouldn’t stop Democrats from embracing big and sweeping changes while they can.

Elie Mystal

Ro Khanna: It’s Vital That the US Drop Barriers to Vaccine Production and Aid Covid-Ravaged India

“We aren’t an island. I mean, the disease is going to continue to come back to us,” said the representative from California.

John Nichols

Helpful Men: Defending Philip Roth, Dismissing Virginia Woolf

Like most women who write, I live my life according to the firmly stated judgments of literary men.

Alyssa Harad
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Jhumpa Lahiri’s Quietly Bracing New Novel

How writing in Italian gave Lahiri a new sense of creative freedom.

Jennifer Wilson

The Entwined History of Freedom and Racism

In White Freedom, historian Tyler Stovall examines how liberty for some has always entailed a lack of liberty for many others.  

Olúfémi O. Táíwò

Can Capitalism Be Fixed?

In his new book, Branko Milanovic charts what has gone wrong with contemporary capitalism while also insisting we must reconcile ourselves to its contradictions.

Alyssa Battistoni

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The Biden State Department Nominee Who Worked for Saudi Arabia and Big Oil

Financial disclosure forms reveal that one of the president’s nominees, Jose Fernandez, worked for Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and fossil fuel companies, including Chevron.

Aída Chávez

Liz Cheney Is Not Your Friend

Just because she’s not getting along with Trump and Kevin McCarthy doesn’t make the current Cheney any less of a vitriol-spewing extremist.

John Nichols

Republicans Will Punish Democrats for Every Reform They Make

But that shouldn’t stop Democrats from embracing big and sweeping changes while they can.

Elie Mystal


Why Do We Forget Pandemics?

Until the Covid-19 pandemic, the catastrophe of the Spanish flu had been dropped from American memory.

Nina Burleigh

The Hedonist Bard of the Midlife Crisis

Why you should and shouldn’t read the provocative poems of Frederick Seidel.

David Schurman Wallace

The Brutal Transcendence of Tove Ditlevsen

By resisting all of memoir’s conventions, the Danish writer tells the story of her life more painfully and beautifully.

Marie Solis


The Toxic Legacy of the US Military in the Pacific

A Welsh journalist uncovers a decades-long environmental disaster around US bases in East Asia.

Tim Shorrock

India Desperately Needs Biden’s Help to Address the Covid-19 Surge

It starts with ensuring that the vaccine is treated as a public good. With cases surging in India and the death toll skyrocketing, the world can’t wait.

Madhuri Sastry and Suchitra Vijayan

Under New Leadership, Britain’s Labour Party Loses Again

Labour’s defeat in Hartlepool and in local elections across the country suggests the northern working class isn’t coming back any time soon.

Gary Younge

Watch and Listen

Listen: The NFL Player Standing In Solidarity With Trans Athletes

NFL free agent RK Russell joins the show to talk about why defending transgender athletes is especially important now.

May 4, 2021

Listen: Reform the Filibuster!

Senator Mazie Hirono on changing the Senate and the Supreme Court, plus Tim Schwab on Bill Gates, and Katha Pollitt on Dr. Seuss.

April 29, 2021

View: Mexico Could Soon Become the Largest Legal Marijuana Market in the World

But activists say the law fails to address the widespread pain that decades of militarized enforcement have caused.

February 25, 2021