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Then-Representative Helen Gahagan Douglas speaks at the Democratic National Convention in 1948.

Nixon and Trump: The Good Women They Defeated Nixon and Trump: The Good Women They Defeated

We remember Trump’s female opponent. Time to remember Nixon’s?

Jun 21, 2024 / Highlights / Michele Willens

Christopher Bollen’s Cairo Thriller

Christopher Bollen’s Cairo Thriller Christopher Bollen’s Cairo Thriller

The Lost Americans captures the atmosphere of paranoia and surveillance in the years since 2013.

Jun 20, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Hussein Omar

The New York location of the Laugh Factory, 2004.

Is Comedy Really an Art? Is Comedy Really an Art?

A history of comedy’s last three decades of pop culture dominance argues that it is among the consequential American art forms.

Apr 24, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Ginny Hogan

As Atrocities Unfold, Those Documenting Rights Violations Are Getting Laid Off

As Atrocities Unfold, Those Documenting Rights Violations Are Getting Laid Off As Atrocities Unfold, Those Documenting Rights Violations Are Getting Laid Off

Human Rights Watch just let go of 39 staffers. Workers are demanding executives take pay cuts instead

Apr 24, 2024 / Highlights / Saliha Bayrak

A protester is arrested at a Columbia University demonstration.

Columbia Is Waging War on Dissent Columbia Is Waging War on Dissent

The university is under pressure to root out any students or faculty critical of Israel—and it’s already caved.

Apr 1, 2024 / Highlights / Katherine Franke

A man fights a losing battle with insomnia by counting sheep, 1940.

A Dispatch From the Land of the “Sleepless” A Dispatch From the Land of the “Sleepless”

A French writer’s memoir of her insomnia tries to understand how central sleep is to cultural and intellectual history.

Mar 28, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Alyse Burnside

Pakistan election 2024 PTI

The Unexpected and Uncertain Result of Pakistan’s Elections The Unexpected and Uncertain Result of Pakistan’s Elections

Former prime minister Imran Khan’s party was banned from running. But as independent candidates, Khan’s allies claim to have won a majority.

Feb 12, 2024 / Highlights / Hasan Ali

Associate US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas poses for the official photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on October 7, 2022.

Clarence Thomas Broke the Law. Why Is He Not Being Prosecuted? Clarence Thomas Broke the Law. Why Is He Not Being Prosecuted?

The debate about whether Supreme Court justices are bound by ethics rules drew attention away from the fact that Clarence Thomas’s conduct violated federal laws.

Feb 12, 2024 / Highlights / William W. Taylor III

The Metaphysical Horror of “The Curse”

The Metaphysical Horror of “The Curse” The Metaphysical Horror of “The Curse”

From its first moments to its antic end, the series exposes its viewers to an abundance of anxious perturbation but it does something else too: It reveals the absurdity all around...

Jan 12, 2024 / Books & the Arts / Sarah Chihaya

George Santos speaks during a press conference outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 30, 2023.

The George Santos Show Was Fun, but It’s Time for the Series Finale The George Santos Show Was Fun, but It’s Time for the Series Finale

Santos is undeniably captivating, but he is not a lovable scammer. He’s a hard-right ideologue, and we will all be better off without him.

Dec 1, 2023 / Highlights / Faith Branch

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