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The Political Post I've Held Back

Gary M. Krebs | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Gary M. Krebs

How could this beautiful family teach such terrible things to their young child?

Classic Films Of Human Drama: Rx For Our Fraught Times: Withdrawn; Submitted Via New Platform

Carla Seaquist | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

This polarized nation does not agree on much anymore, but by universal agreement Americans are united in feeling this last presidential campaign was t...

Why My Young Nephew Resolves to Become More Political

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

I have made a vow to myself that I won't stand around and just watch things around me anymore, but take a stand now when I believe we need it the most.

Trump Is Not The Solution To Your Anger

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

You are angry about jobs going overseas and leaving you with a low-paying, no-benefits job in the service industry. You are angry about your community being hollowed out because of those lost jobs and shuttered factories.

Jew Am I?

Bryan Behar | Posted 09.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Bryan Behar

Despite my unpronounceable surname, formidable Dukakis-level brow line and decidedly Jewtastic seasonal allergies, I've always considered myself a reg...

Who Changed?

Randy Pennington | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Randy Pennington

Something or more likely someone has changed over the past 20 years. Way back in the mid-1990's I offered a development program titled INTEGRITY-DRIVEN® Leadership. One of the exercises asked participants to list leaders they admired for their integrity and those that they didn't.

Making History, Our First Woman Presidential Nominee "Remembers the Ladies"

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Early in the creation of our Constitution, Abigail Adams in March 1776 wrote to her husband John Adams, a leading Founding Father, and famously appeal...

ART BASTARD - Award Winning Documentary Film Spotlighting Artist ROBERT CENEDELLA Opens June 3!

Jack Meyer | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Jack Meyer

Seventeen-year-old Robert Cenedella walked into his first class at the Art Students League of New York with a small-sized art pad. Scanning the room, Bob realized he was the youngest student in the classroom.

Put ESPN in Charge of the War on Terror

William Astore | Posted 05.02.2016 | Media
William Astore

Just imagine if your average red-blooded American devoted as much attention to foreign wars as they do to their favorite NFL team! Just imagine if America's leaders were held accountable for poor results as NFL coaches and staffs are!

The Cultural Roots of Suicide in the U.S.

Niobe Way, Ed.D. | Posted 05.02.2016 | Impact
Niobe Way, Ed.D.

Girls and boys have been telling us for decades that American culture is to blame as to why we are seeing such high rates of suicide in the U.S.

Pop Culture Captures Campaign Politics

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

When a nude picture of a potential First Lady of the United States is used in a presidential campaign, and when that news, with photo, makes the publi...

Anti-Semitic Easter

Ruth B. Bottigheimer | Posted 03.18.2017 | Education
Ruth B. Bottigheimer

1945 was a watershed year. Knowledge of the Holocaust jolted children's Bible authors and editors into a conscious awareness of the dangers of this damning narrative, and the longstanding tradition of using anti-Judaism in children's Bible tellings of the Easter story came to an end.

Trump's Crudeness: A Crude American Culture is Shocked, Shocked

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.10.2017 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Donald Trump's boast at last week's Republican "presidential" debate, that his (shall we say?) "equipment" was more than adequate, marks a new low in a long and storied history of campaigning for the White House, which explains the scare-quotes around "presidential."

What Every American Should Know

Aspen Institute | Posted 01.28.2017 | Politics
Aspen Institute

Americans, both new and old, are faced with a challenge. We must make a common culture that mirrors our new America -- an America where "us" is no longer "white" by default, where the population has never been more diverse, where our role in the world is shifting rapidly.

Will You Gain Less Weight If You Shop on Thanksgiving?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 11.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Business reports indicate that the sharp rise in large retailers open on Thanksgiving Day has leveled off. Perhaps, as has been suggested, this is due...

Jewish American Literature: A Story of Impossible Assimilation

Jesse Bogner | Posted 09.03.2016 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

One culture that is often left out of curriculums on multiculturalism is Jewish culture. While most curriculums do something that recognizes the Holocaust, a particularly relevant culture to students, especially New Yorkers, is Jewish American life.

How Americans and Chinese Think About Happiness Differently

David Sze | Posted 06.23.2016 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Researchers and thinkers have often claimed that cultures can be divided between individualistic cultures and collectivistic cultures. The former prioritize individual satisfaction and achievement, while the latter prioritize the collective goals of the family, group and society.

Dixon White Is Back with Another Rant Against White Racism (VIDEO)

Dixon White | Posted 06.11.2016 | Black Voices
Dixon White

I was just an ordinary Southern guy that, when I wasn't working to pay the rent, I spent my free time trying to learn and grow in anti-racism and social-justice work. Then suddenly, my whole world unexpectedly was turned upside down when I made a couple of videos about race in America.

The Day I Realized I Wasn't American

Iulia Gulia | Posted 05.20.2015 | Women
Iulia Gulia

I was in 5th grade when I realized I wasn't American. Not that I hadn't had some awareness of that fact from an early age. I mean, when you're 10 and can articulate the basic premises of communism, you start to understand that maybe you're not exactly from the land of Twinkies.

Bigotry Hits US-Born Latino Teens Harder than Immigrant Teens

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

If it sucks to be an adolescent, it sucks more to be an immigrant teenager in a new country. Take all the angst that faces every teen, then add language barriers, cultural confusion, discrimination, and general discombobulation. It's not pretty, is it?

Je Suis Charlie, but Can We Have a World of Respect?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Last week, I sat next to a French production executive at the Reality TV Awards. Our discussion centered around the attack a couple weeks earlier at the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo and the world outpouring thereafter for free speech.

China and the US: A New Century, a New Partnership

Dr. William J. Carroll | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
Dr. William J. Carroll

My sense from engaging many levels of Chinese society is that China does not want an aggressive relationship with the United States; it wants to forge a partnership of mutual respect and opportunity.

Are Millenial Men Supposed to 'Man Up'?

Sari Eckler Cooper | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Sari Eckler Cooper

What defines a man as a man these days and how far have millennial men come as far as the variety of emotions they are allowed to express openly?

Oprah Winfrey Embodies What's Wrong With American Public Life

Sam Chaltain | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment
Sam Chaltain

The things Oprah once gave us -- the sense of community, the relevant national conversations and lines of inquiry, and the iconic model of intelligent self-reflection -- have been cheapened by her attempt to align them with things.

Books as a Trompe-L'oeil: On Fools and What Fools the Eye

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Technology
Cosmin Gheorghe

For many people around the globe books are alive, they are collected, cherished and contemplated periodically with love. They are milestones that punctuate one's emotional and social life.