Theater

Crowd of 350,000 gathers in front of the Bundestag in Berlin.

The AfD’s Secret Plan to Deport Millions From Germany The AfD’s Secret Plan to Deport Millions From Germany

An explosive report on a meeting between the far-right Alternative für Deutschland and neo-Nazis has ignited the largest German protest movement since the fall of the Berlin Wall....

Jan 23, 2024 / Linda Mannheim

“Untitled (Strike),” Dox Thrash, c. 1940.

The Radical Art of the Depression Years The Radical Art of the Depression Years

By working within the constraints of the WPA, artists like Philip Guston discovered new modes of representation and irony.

Nov 27, 2023 / Books & the Arts / Rachel Hunter Himes

A scene from “Infinite Life.”

The Small Gestures and Big Questions of Annie Baker’s Plays The Small Gestures and Big Questions of Annie Baker’s Plays

In Infinite Life, Baker asks: How do you reach out to others when everyone ultimately suffers alone?

Oct 31, 2023 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

Lauren Boebert points toward the crowd onstage

Lauren Boebert Is Not the Only Republican Ruining Musicals Lauren Boebert Is Not the Only Republican Ruining Musicals

How failed theater kids are destroying a great art form—and American politics.

Sep 18, 2023 / Jeet Heer

The Great Collapsing Culture Bubble

The Great Collapsing Culture Bubble The Great Collapsing Culture Bubble

From classic movies to documentaries, the foundations of film culture are under siege from cost-cutting executives.

Jun 29, 2023 / Ben Schwartz

A sculpture called “Anything to Say,” which features life-sized bronze figures of whistleblowers (left-right) Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning, is unveiled at Parliament Square, London, during a protest for Assange’s release from prison.

Julian Assange and Arnon Milchan: The Lopsided Scales of American Justice Julian Assange and Arnon Milchan: The Lopsided Scales of American Justice

One has boasted of espionage. The other revealed massive government wrongdoing. So why is the whistleblower in jail?

Jun 27, 2023 / James Bamford

Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, presides during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on what Republicans say is the politicization of the FBI and Justice Department and attacks on American civil liberties on March 9, 2023.

Representative Jim Jordan’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Hearings Representative Jim Jordan’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Hearings

The Ohio representative’s debut in the scandal business represents a considerable falling off from the party of Joseph McCarthy and Henry Hyde.

Apr 11, 2023 / Francis Wilkinson

Ukrainian protester with face obscured by flag

The Tragedy of Ukraine The Tragedy of Ukraine

What classical Greek tragedy can teach us about conflict.

Jan 20, 2023 / Nicolai N. Petro

Colorado Springs shooting memorial

The Club Q Massacre and the New Culture of Lynching The Club Q Massacre and the New Culture of Lynching

Homophobic violence is fueled by the extreme right’s victim blaming.

Nov 28, 2022 / Jeet Heer

Little Amal at the 2022 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City.

We Like the Idea of Asylum Seekers, but Not the Real Thing We Like the Idea of Asylum Seekers, but Not the Real Thing

The 12-foot-tall puppet of a Syrian refugee has been welcomed in New York and around the world. Real refugees? Not so much.

Sep 28, 2022 / Helen Benedict

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