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What We Can Learn From Lawrence of Arabia

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Not for the last time in the Middle East would disaster come from the blundering ignorance and blinding arrogance of foreign intruders convinced by magical thinking of their own omnipotence and righteousness. How soon we forget. How often we repeat.

What If We Changed the Way Content Is Shared?

Matt Murrie | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
Matt Murrie

In her conversation from the What If... ? Conference last March, Content Community Creator, Audrey Bellis starts out sharing her belief that comment s...

Casting Off Stereotypes: I Am More Than a Label

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 06.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason P. Stadtlander

Because of all this conditioning that society and our social groups put upon us to be labeled, we begin to come up with our own labels for who we are and what we believe. Do you feel it's right for people to label one another, and are we really the sum of our labels?

Watch: Wall Street's Secret Weapon: Congress

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Why haven't any big bankers been prosecuted for their role in the housing crisis that led to the Great Recession?

How To Make The Next 20 Years Better Than The Last

Renee Fisher | Posted 06.07.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

I am not delusional about the effects of aging, but I am also aware that strength and vitality can come from places other than a healthy body and a young mind. I am aware that as I age, my two greatest assets become perspective and creativity. And I am aware that as I have aged, those assets have, if anything, become noticeably stronger.

How to Answer Your Critics

Cara Paiuk | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Cara Paiuk

I have observed, with alarming regularity, how the comments sections of online articles become war zones. No one knows each other personally, and the facelessness gives people courage to speak their mind freely without worrying about the consequences.

If Hobby Lobby Wants to Deny Insurance Coverage of Birth Control It Should Stop Selling Knitting Needles, Too

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

While Hobby Lobby opposes offering contraceptive coverage, it does sell three types of knitting needles. This is worth noting because, in the not-so-distant past, women who became pregnant and didn't have access to legal abortion used a variety of objects, including knitting needles.

The Oscar Takeaway... The Power of Positive Thinking!

David Kanegis | Posted 05.04.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

If you watched the Oscars, you could not help but notice and be moved by the spirit of optimism and positivity that was pervasive throughout the ceremony.

Watch: An Antidote to Big Brother's Chill

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Like Orwell's telescreens -- through which Big Brother broadcasts propaganda and spies on citizens -- our lives are dominated by cellphones, tablets and laptops that are our real-life two-way mirrors.

Watch: When Congressmen Deny Climate Change and Evolution

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers takes on radical-right Republicans for denying the science behind evolution and climate change, showing a video clip of Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), who says evolution is a lie "straight from the pit of hell" and climate change, a hoax.

Watch: Gunfighter Nation

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Cultural historian and scholar Richard Slotkin has spent his adult life studying the violence that has swirled through American history and taken root deep in our culture.

This Is My 500th Blog Post

Renee Fisher | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

If I were to look over the 500 posts I've written, I'd probably want to rewrite about 480 of them. I'd seriously regret having written another 10 of them. The last 10 would make me smile and reaffirm to me that I'm not half-bad as a writer.

When Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Collide

Renee Fisher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Renee Fisher

For Jews in the U.S., this presents the need for a serious reordering of brain cells. Hanukkah (literal translation: The Holiday We Get, Because Everyone Else gets Christmas) has, for thousands of years (a really long time, to be exact) made sure it occurred as close to Christmas as possible.

An Open Letter to Kanye West

Renee Fisher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Renee Fisher

Last week, I was sucked into your interview with Ryan Seacrest, in which you blamed "classicism" for your not being able to achieve all of your goals in life. I'm not sure what "classicism" is but if it means "lack of class" I'm on board with your statement.

How Divergent's Version of Chicago Is Similar to Our Own

Zara Husaini | Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago
Zara Husaini

I won't specify which neighborhood fits each description in Chicago -- because frankly there may be more than one answer to each option -- but these are the five archetypical parts of a major city, and each of these genres is represented here in Chicago.

Don't Get Caught Watching The Blacklist!

David Kanegis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Baby Boomers, as of this posting NBC's The Blacklist starring James Spader is the top rated network television drama. Don't destroy it by letting any entity, human or digital, know you are viewing this highly acclaimed program.

Watch: Let Us Now Praise Common Sense

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Let us now praise common sense. Once again a president was about to plunge us into the darkest waters of foreign policy where the ruling principle becomes: "When in doubt, bomb someone."

This Totally Makes 'Wrecking Ball' Watchable

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.13.2013 | Comedy

Two Irish guys watched "Wrecking Ball." Then, we watched two Irish guys watching "Wrecking Ball," critiquing 'Wrecking Ball,' laughing at "Wrecking Ba...

Watch: The End Game for Democracy

Bill Moyers | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

We are so close to losing our democracy to the mercenary class, it's as if we are leaning way over the rim of the Grand Canyon and all that's needed is a swift kick in the pants. Look out below.

Charles Barkley Is a Role Model (Sort Of)

Andrew Cotto | Posted 10.16.2013 | Media
Andrew Cotto

Charles Barkley has become a role model Or, at least, a voice worthy of a place at the table of public discourse. He's particularly candid and refreshing when it comes to matters of race.

WATCH: The United States of Inequality

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Inequality in America is now at the greatest level in modern history and shows no signs of abating. Corporate profits are at record highs. But have those companies invested that in new jobs? No. Did they at least give their workers a bump in pay? Hardly.

Easter: The Official 'Get Outta My Seat!' Day

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 06.01.2013 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

What an oxymoron it is, of all weekends, to push people away from Christ because we don't want to be inconvenienced with the crowds, new faces, and long wait times at our favorite Buckhead restaurant!

What We Are Missing in the Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Debate

Tracy Weitz | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Tracy Weitz

Everyone please step away from the ledge. The public discourse about mandated trans-vaginal ultrasounds for abortion patients is completely out of control--among both abortion rights opponents and abortion rights supporters.

WATCH: Democracy for Dollars

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The House of Representatives, where Congress gathers to hear the president, used to be known as "The People's House." But money power owns the lease now and runs the joint from hidden back rooms.

The Hubris of the Drones

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

By the standards of slaughter in Vietnam, the deaths caused by drones are hardly a bleep on the consciousness of official Washington. But we have to wonder if each innocent killed doesn't give rise to second thoughts by those judges who prematurely handed our president the Nobel Prize for Peace.