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March 23, 2021
Lady Bird Johnson’s Influence in the LBJ Administration Was Minimized for Far Too Long
Ignoring women’s contributions isn’t just an issue of fairness. The problem is that we simply get our history wrong.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
March 8, 2021
Why Do Humans Move?
A new history examines how migration has been the rule of history, not the exception.
February 24, 2021
New York City and the Persistence of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Even after slave trade was banned, the United States and New York City, in particular, were complicit in allowing it to persist.
February 3, 2021
Will We Ever Fully Understand Humans’ Impact on Nature?
A conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert about her new book, efforts to “control the control of nature,” and how the climate beat has changed.
February 1, 2021
Perverse and Unfair: The Radical Steps to Fix the Housing Crisis
On the history of the single-family home in America, alternative modes of housing, and what it will take to fix the housing market.
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December 14, 2020
How Did We End Up With Our Current Public Defender System?
Sara Mayeux’s new history highlights how without a more fundamental transformation of criminal law, public defenders often provide only a limited form of equality and fairness before the law.
November 30, 2020
The Long Roots of Endless War
A new history shows how the glut of US military bases abroad has led to a constant state of military conflict.
November 17, 2020
The Radical Origins of Self-Help Literature
How did the genre of self-help go from one focused on collective empowerment to one serving the class hierarchy as it stands?
October 6, 2020
Nicholson Baker’s Maddening Search for the Truth
Denied access to files about the use of biological weapons during the Cold War, the novelist transformed his new book
into a study of how America keeps its secrets.
September 8, 2020
Can the American University Be Saved?
Covid-19 has revealed the glaring inequalities of higher ed in the United States and may push the system to the point of crisis.