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The Democratic Convention Is Shaping Up to Be a Centrist Hoedown

The recently released list of speakers at next week’s convention shows just how scared Democrats are to make a serious policy argument.

Elie Mystal

Culture

Who Gets to Tell the Story of Wuhan’s Lockdown?

On Fang Fang’s quarantine journal and the political limits of the diary.

Jaime Chu
Voting Rights

Fighting for Vote By Mail: Pramila Jayapal  

Plus Tom Frank on Trump, Biden, and “populism.”

Start Making Sense and Jon Wiener
Inequality

The Grim World Our Grandchildren Will Inherit

At 76, I knew our world was headed for a dark place decades ago. Did I ever think it would be this bad? Not a chance.

Tom Engelhardt
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Politics

Kamala Harris Makes History, Many Times Over

The bravery and radicalism of Joe Biden’s choice will become apparent over time.

Joan Walsh

Representative Barbara Lee: ‘The Public Is With Us’

In an exclusive interview with The Nation, the representative talks about cutting the defense budget, what Covid-19 has revealed about systemic racism, and her mentor Shirley Chisholm.

John Nichols

Trump Ramps Up His Assault on Democracy

His executive orders and manipulations of the Census Bureau and Postal Service disregard constitutional limits on presidential power.

Sasha Abramsky

Culture

Arca’s Rebellion Against Music and Life

How the experimental artist made one of the year’s most defiant pop records. 

Julyssa Lopez

For Ottessa Moshfegh, Novel Writing Is a Spiritual Experience

We talked to the writer about how she composes her books and how she gets into the minds of her characters. 

Rosemarie Ho

Julian Bond’s Life in Protest and Politics

A new collection of essays demonstrates how the civil rights icon’s thinking evolved amid the upheavals of the 20th century.

Robert Greene II

World

A Century of Struggle in Palestine

Rashid Khalidi’s new history offers a political and personal portrait of more than a hundred years of colonization and resistance in Palestine.

Kaleem Hawa

The Debate That's Needed on How to Engage With China—Before It’s Too Late

The China cold war consensus is a recipe for calamity.

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Writing Their ‘Last Letters’

They fear being arrested or disappeared, and are not prepared to be silenced without a fight.

Billy H.C. Kwok, The Nation and Magnum Foundation

Watch and Listen

Listen: Ice Cube on Anti-Semitism and the Contract With Black America

Ice Cube joins the show to talk anti-Semitism, and the Contract With Black America.

August 4, 2020

Listen: This Is Disaster Relief Under Corporate Power

David Dayen on the interests overpowering our democracy, plus Amy Wilentz on Mary Trump.

July 30, 2020

View: Making George Floyd’s Life Matter

As the people of Minneapolis grieve the loss of one of their own, they’re also fighting for a future free of police brutality.

June 8, 2020

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