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Lila Nordstrom
A graduate of Vassar College, Lila Nordstrom is a freelance writer and the founder of StuyHealth, an advocacy group for students who attended school in lower Manhattan during the 9/11 clean-up. Her efforts have been featured in The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Huffington Post, Village Voice, New York Sun, Downtown Express, Metro NY, AM New York, and by CBS, Fox, NBC, NY1, WBAI, among others.

Lila is also the co-host of a weekly podcast, where she and co-host Brent Thornburg review what's new, what's important, and what's funny about the week in political news at Brain Trust Live. Find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Entries by Lila Nordstrom

10 Ways Hillary Clinton Could Reach Out To Young Voters

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 6:57 PM

Image via Flickr, NathaniaJohnson

**Crossposted at, where Lila co-hosts the Brain Trust Live podcast and blogs regularly about politics.**

Hillary Clinton. She's been rolling like a political behemoth and inevitable winner for years,...

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There Is Only One Issue Worth Voting on in 2016

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 11:58 AM

**Crossposted at, where Lila co-hosts the Brain Trust Live podcast and blogs regularly about politics.**

Here's a bold declaration: Despite the rancor accompanying this year's races and last year's congressional session, there is only one issue worth voting on. It's a deceptively...

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Why Didn't You Warn Me?

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 3:35 PM

I'm not proud of it, but I called my mother recently and blamed her for something that had nothing to do with her. (That's what parents are for, right? No?) Our chat began with a seemingly innocuous discussion about office politics but evolved into a series of stories about men...

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Why Do Strange Names Keep Popping Up in My Facebook Feed?

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 12:06 PM

It hasn't been scientifically proven, but for the record, age 28 is the year that your Facebook newsfeed turns into an unfamiliar landscape. It's not that you get too old to fully understand what the "kids" are doing with social media or stop catching the latest pop culture references. It's...

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Diverging Bases: The Case Against the Metric System

(164) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 6:51 PM

After my grandmother died, my late grandfather, normally an even-tempered, optimistic man, suffered from periodic bouts of disgruntlement with modern life. During this time, for example, he famously declared his intention to outlaw telephones because they were helping people communicate too easily. In the months that I stayed with him...

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Healthcare and the Marcellus Shale -- Fracking's Consequences in Upstate New York

(4) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 2:57 PM

I went to Stuyvesant High School in New York City, just three blocks from the World Trade Center. On 9/11 I ran from the burning towers and on October 9th, 2001, I returned to a school building contaminated with dust and debris. It would not be fully cleaned until the...

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53%: Stop Acting Like Psychopaths

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 12:37 PM

In America, most of our myriad religious traditions value the concept of "compassion": the idea that helping those in need is worthwhile just because being a good person is worthwhile. When we bring food to the bereaved, help a blind person cross the street, or pick up the mail for...

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Millennials Find Consensus

(12) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 2:05 PM

Millennials (the unfortunate moniker linked to the generation now in their late teens and 20s) get a lot of flack for needing so much positive reinforcement. We apparently have too much self-esteem, too little motivation, and outrageously high expectations that make us ill-suited to corporate environments...

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The Pledge

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 2:42 PM

Things were still very up in the air when my high school met for the first time after 9/11. Our building, only three blocks from Ground Zero, was being used as a command center for the rescue effort and we had been relocated to Brooklyn. The administration was careful not...

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Walking In LA. Nobody Walks In LA.

(22) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 4:45 PM

Last month I got a call from a neighbor in Los Angeles who had seen me out walking eight blocks from our building. He was, very considerately, calling to make sure I was okay. He assumed my car had broken down.

This is regular part of life in LA,...

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Religion, Secularism and Volunteering

(7) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 6:48 AM

I was raised in the church of politics. My pastors were Jerry Brown when I was nine, Maxine Waters when I was thirteen and at sixteen I joined the church of Jerry Nadler. Like every teenager, I spent some time dabbling in other churches as well. Socialism. Marxism. Anarchism. My...

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My Grandmother the Family Anchor ... Baby

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 4:24 PM

I have a confession to make. Lindsey Graham, close your ears. I don't have time to deal with being deported right now. I just need to get this off my chest:

My grandmother was an anchor baby.

Wait, before this goes any further, let me clarify. She was an...

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How Rumors Grow Into Votes, or Don't

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 12:03 PM

There is a lot of angry chatter in the streets of my neighborhood these days. Community members recently learned that the Bowery Residents Committee (BRC), which operates a number of programs for the homeless in NYC, intends to combine several of their facilities into a vertical "campus"...

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The Next March To Freedom

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 2:12 PM

America has a new group among the marginalized. I'm not talking about people of any particular race, creed, sexual orientation, or gender. I'm speaking of the victims of corporate intolerance, the primacy of profit, and the corrupt politics of health care; Americans with pre-existing conditions. From victims heart disease to...

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Access in the Aftermath

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 4:11 PM

During the terrible aftermath of the 7.0 quake that hit Haiti last month, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann had Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York on as a guest. Obermann's show, Countdown, had booked Rep. Weiner's appearance in order to discuss health care, but the news from Haiti was too horrifying to...

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The Freelance Generation

(9) Comments | Posted February 1, 2010 | 12:42 PM

I've always considered myself a member of the housing boom generation -- the generation of people who knew how to flip a house before we had even graduated from high school. Recently, the housing bust has robbed that designation of meaning, but with the slowing pace of the economy, we've...

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