The modestly-paid but dedicated journalists at NPR are part of a forty year history that has given listeners a deeper and richer portrait of America and the world than any other broadcast news organization in the country.
The wealthiest one percent of Americans control more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. The question now is whether we can rebuild a strong middle class, or whether the budget crisis will be used to reduce it further.
In the name of austerity, newly elected Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker is attempting to stamp out public workers' collective bargaining rights. But despite his dire claims, his state had been coping better than most.
Rand Paul is a dangerous man. The thing is it's difficult to tell whether the Freshman Senator from Kentucky is more dangerous to the Left or the Right. Unarguably, he is dangerous to 'The System', for if nothing else he isn't screwing around.
Somewhere between the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam protest, liberalism lost its voice. And by tangible indicators it has yet to regain its voice -- at least not in any comprehensible way.
We speak our world into existence, so we'd better say some good things about it. After the tears, the best that we can do for John, Gabe, Dorothy, Christina, Dorwin and Phyllis is to carry on stronger than before.
Several of the people who knew Jared Loughner said that they knew that he was acting weird and felt the need to stay away from him. A community college ousted him. No one thought to organize a group of people to reach out to him.
On November 22, 1963, Mummy told us that a bad man had shot Uncle Jack. His death forced a national bout of self-examination of a rage that, whether sensible or not, seemed to have set the stage for his murder.
For the last forty years, the Right's demonization of government is one of the reasons why the wealthy and big Wall Street banks have been allowed to siphon off a greater and greater share of the nation's wealth from the middle class.