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9 Lessons From the 2018 Midterms

Progressives made significant gains, but now they need to organize bigger, better and smarter.

D.D. Guttenplan

How the ‘Natural Family’ Movement Brought Its War of Values to the Balkans

Populist leaders with an increasingly autocratic bent are finding that it pays to jump on this ultraconservative bandwagon.

Claudia Ciobanu

Marijuana Comes to Coalinga

The weed business promised to save this struggling California town. So far, it’s been a bust.

Rozina Ali
The Right

The Long, Entwined History of America First and the American Dream

A new history shows that these expressions were originally used in ways that are significantly different from our current understanding of them.

Kevin M. Kruse
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From the Magazine


All of a Sudden, Politicians Are Ready to Tackle America’s Housing Crisis

Upstart candidates and 2020 presidential hopefuls alike are putting the perennially ignored issue at the top of the agenda.

Bryce Covert

Can the Blue Wave Deliver a Green New Deal?

The base is demanding a bold plan from the newly empowered Democrats—and the planet is crying out for it.

Christopher D. Cook

If Nancy Pelosi Is the Most Progressive Candidate, She Should Be the Next Speaker

Her opponents don’t have a candidate, and they don't have a program. 

John Nichols

Climate crisis

The Fire This Time

California’s Camp Fire is a reckoning, an alarm shrieking that our leaders won’t save us from climate change—but perhaps we can.

Ben Ehrenreich

As Toxic Smoke Blankets California, Who Has the Ability to Escape?

While the wealthy can flee toward cleaner air, the poorest have no choice but to stay put.

Gabriel Thompson

The Climate Won’t Stop Changing In 2100

Computing power and time put limits on long-term climate modeling—but that doesn’t mean things will get better on their own.

Alex Lubben


How ‘The New York Times’ Deceived the Public on North Korea

Stretching the findings of a think-tank report on Pyongyang’s missile bases is a reminder of the paper’s role in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

Tim Shorrock

With Help From Trump, Nationalism Could Shatter Europe

Practically the only allies the president hasn’t alienated are extremists from Europe’s far right.

Rajan Menon

A Leftist Foreign Policy Should Reject Economic Sanctions

The United States should use its financial powers to bust oligarchs, end tax evasion, and create a fairer world economy. 

Nicholas Mulder


Ambrose Akinmusire’s Jazz of Pure Possibility

Teaming up with a chamber orchestra and freestyle rapper, the trumpeter’s recent album is fearlessly imaginative.

David Hajdu

HBO’s Hauntingly Faithful Adaptation of ‘My Brilliant Friend’

The TV series is just as unflinching and intimate as Elena Ferrante’s novel.

Sarah Marshall

How Nell Painter Found Her Process

Old in Art School recounts the historian’s journey from Sunday painter to professional artist.

Jillian Steinhauer

Watch and Listen

Listen: Nike and the Modern Neoliberal University

University of Nike author Joshua Hunt joins the show to talk about Nike and how the brand created the modern neoliberal university.

November 13, 2018

Watch: These Tenants Are Leading the Largest Rent Strike in LA History

Residents of three buildings in Central Los Angeles are refusing to pay rent until their landlord agrees to fair rent increases.

August 20, 2018

Watch: More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters: The Revolutionary Life of Lucy Parsons

What we can learn from one of the great organizers in American history.

November 15, 2016


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