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Aretha Franklin—Musical Genius, Truth Teller, Freedom Fighter

Angela Davis, whose bond Franklin offered to post in 1970, says that the singer’s work “helped to shape and deepen a collective consciousness anchored in a yearning for freedom.”

Farah Jasmine Griffin

Cultural Criticism and Analysis

BlaKkKlansman’s Leap Into the Present

And in Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline, we find a protagonist plunged so deeply into her own mind that there really is no outside.

Stuart Klawans

From Richard Collins III to Jordan McNair: The Shocking Negligence of the University of Maryland

The murder of Richard Collins III and the death of football player Jordan McNair both could have been avoided.

Dave Zirin
Criminal Justice

Zephyr Teachout for Attorney General of New York

She has the experience, independence and toughness needed to transform the office and combat corruption at all levels.

The Nation
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From the Magazine


The Left Is Winning Even When It Loses

Tough primaries don’t change the fact that leftist policies are very popular. 

Sean McElwee, Jon Green and Colin McAuliffe

Christine Hallquist Isn’t Just the First Transgender Candidate for Governor—She’s Also a Visionary Progressive

The history-making candidate says that Vermonters will elect her because of her platform.

John Nichols

This One Time, Sarah Huckabee Sanders Won’t Back Up Trump

The press secretary won’t deny that Trump used the N-word. Still, will it matter?

Joan Walsh


The Rise and Fall of Kanye and Drake

The genres that West and Drake once defined are now the domain of a new generation of musicians.

Bijan Stephen

The World of Eduardo Galeano

The writer's radical commitments made him an intimate witness to many of the major turning points in Latin American politics over the last 75 years.

Mark Engler

William Parker’s Late-Career Bloom

After a 45-year-long career, the jazz bassist is still creating experimental music pulsing with humanity.

David Hajdu


Breaking France’s Race Taboo

A new generation of activists is trying to change the way France conceives of race.

Karina Piser

Montenegro and NATO’s Faustian Bargain

Did Montenegro’s NATO accession increase the collective defense of the West or merely protect a corrupt regime?

Gordon N. Bardos

The Dreams of India’s Restless Generation

Snigdha Poonam’s Dreamers examines the ambitions of India’s youth.

Kanishk Tharoor

Watch and Listen

Listen: How Do So Many Samoans Make it to the NFL?

Rob Ruck joins the show to talk about the history of Samoans and football.

August 7, 2018

View: PHOTOS: These Students Are Sick and Tired of Gun Violence

“That could be me, my friends, my family.”

April 26, 2018

View: ‘A Border Control Official Sexually Abused Me’

Aura Hernández fled to the US seeking safety. Instead, she encountered threats, harassment, and assault.

April 2, 2018


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