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Mirror Neurons and Why We Love Cinema: A Conversation with Vittorio Gallese and Michele Guerra in Parma

Karin Badt | Posted 07.13.2013 | Science
Karin Badt

Vittorio Gallese's latest interdisciplinary connection: mirror neurons and cinema. Why is it that we become so immersed when watching a film? What goes on inside our brains to create this empathetic connection with the screen?

DO Play to Win; DON'T Play Not to Lose and Other Obama-Romney Debate Dos and Don'ts

Christine Pelosi | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

By now the plans are distilled, practice rounds completed, curveballs anticipated and (Lord help us) zingers rehearsed. In order to "win" tonight -- and on November 6th -- some debate dos and don'ts for President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

Think of an Elephant

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.25.2012 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

The Democrats have so many problems, it's hard to know where to start to offer helpful advice, but the idea that they might need a handbook to instruct them how to think indicates a depth of political despair that's hard to fathom.

Family Bonding at Tax Time

Hayden Bixby | Posted 06.15.2012 | Money
Hayden Bixby

I have to admit that I'm sad to see another tax season come to a close. I'm not saying I love paying taxes, but I am saying that I love doing taxes.

The Three Horsemen of Arts Education

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Nick Rabkin

If more education policymakers begin to recognize the poor returns that school reform has brought, we may, even in this time of deep economic strain, see a new openness to the arts in our schools.

Rick Perry Is A Daddy Brand

Brian Hardwick | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Brian Hardwick

I can't help think that despite the amazing amount of logical arguments that have emerged over the last week undermining Rick Perry's candidacy, he re...

Wisconsin and the GOP's War on the Middle Class

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

In a post about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's bid to strip public employee unions of collective bargainingVan Jones wrote: If a foreign powe...

Republicans Renew War on Women

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The new Republican House majority has proposed savage restrictions of women's reproductive rights, another brutal attack in the three-decades-old Republican war on women.

Friday Talking Points [153] -- SOTU-palooza

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The past week in politics was, quite obviously, dominated by President Obama's "State Of The Union" speech to Congress. For those of you who may have...

New Year's Resolution for Democrats: Stop Being Out-Branded by Republicans

Zach Friend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zach Friend

Democrats have to climb down out of their heads and get reacquainted with their hearts and their guts. Learn how to express feelings, not just arguments. If they can do that, they'll have a big advantage

Friday Talking Points [149] -- Making Holiday Sausage

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The holidays are just around the corner, and the preparatory legislative sausage-making on Capitol Hill is in full swing. What a happy, happy time of...

Red Lenses on a Rainbow of Revolutions

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cynthia Boaz

Reposted from, series on Civil Resistance and the New Global Ferment Given continued strikes in Iran and the freeing of Aung San S...

The Potential Disastrous End of PBS/NPR is Over-rated

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rob Kall

Still, I stand by my belief that the end of NPR and PBS would be good for the left, for liberals and progressives. Here's why.

Calling Obama the Fighter

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It's good that Barack Obama is an idealist. It's good that he wants to be a conciliator who believes that there should be a new moral tone in Washington. But now is the time for realism.

Obama's Bipartisan Obsession (Finally) Ends

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's speech signaled that he's over his obsession with chasing the nonexistent pipe dream of bipartisanship from Republicans. He defined what his party stands for and why their values are superior to Republicans'.

This Fall's Election Is Not About Policies and Programs: It's About Right and Wrong

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

In this election a moral frame is particularly important because it allows Democrats to play offense. We will not win a debate over whether we have been "effective" enough at digging out of the economic hole that Bush and the Republicans left.

Friday Talking Points [137] -- Listen To Westen And Lakoff, Democrats!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, I heard an interesting take on the political scene: that both parties seem to be trying mightily to lose the upcoming midterm elections. R...

Friday Talking Points [131] -- Democratic Campaign Advice

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week, Congress -- moving with its usual less-than-blinding speed -- passed a Wall Street reform bill, a mere two years after the crisis hit. Wal...

Friday Talking Points [130] -- Who Is This "They" Obama Speaks Of?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since we took last week off to write something patriotic for Independence Day weekend, we've got two weeks to cover today. Fortunately, every other w...

Climate Deniers are Polluting the Blogosphere

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

With climate denial resurgent and linking into the nebulous populist Tea Party movement, the blogosphere has become even more polluted by deniers.

Behind Obama's Speech: A Stale Strategy and A Value Vacuum

Keith Harrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

Only by turning away from the pollsters and back to his core progressive values will the President find the political strength he needs to successfully lead the country out of the oil-spill and into a clean energy future.

Aspirational Delusion Syndrome: What it Says About the Right

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

The vast majority of conservatives, like most Americans, are not rich. So why should they be so devoted to the interests of a class they don't belong to? "Aspirational Delusion Syndrome."

Lakoff: The Poll Democrats Need to Know About

Guest Pollster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Guest Pollster

George Lakoff is Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, and the author of T...

Bipartisanship and Other Urban Legends

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

If voters reject the Dems in November, it won't be because they legislated too far to the left, or to the right: It will be because they were outflanked by their opposition and didn't get to legislate at all.

Why I Won't Be Saying "Twenty Ten"

Cassandra M. Bellantoni | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cassandra M. Bellantoni

I want the 2000s to be leaps and bounds ahead of the 1900s, deserving of the extra syllable.