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Non-fiction news and analysis from The Nation
June 29, 2021
How Did Education in the United States Become So Unequal?
A new history of Boston’s schools reminds us how the brittle vision of whom and what education serves has long been defined by managers and employers instead of the educators who do the work and the students who are supposed to benefit from it.
June 17, 2021
The Promise and Hubris of Silicon Valley’s Vision of How We Eat
A conversation with Larissa Zimberoff about the emergence of food start-ups, lab-made solutions, and the future of the American diet.
May 4, 2021
Can Capitalism Be Fixed?
In his new book, Branko Milanovic charts what has gone wrong with contemporary capitalism while also insisting we must reconcile ourselves to its contradictions.
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.
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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.
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.