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Let's All Breathe Again

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices
Robert E. Johnson

As a father, a son, an uncle, a nephew, a brother, and a college president, I must ask myself, "How do I protect my son in a society where there is something structurally wrong with how young black men are treated by the criminal justice system?

James McBride: That's the America I Live In

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"When you glorify violence, then it comes back to bite you." In this short video, writer James McBride reflects on the riots in the city of Ferguson and America's refusal to take a long critical look at itself.

Kenneth Goldsmith: Poetry in a Newspaper

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Meet the playful American poet Kenneth Goldsmith, who demonstrates how poetry is all around us -- you just need to open your eyes to it.

Paul Auster: The Meanness of New York

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

The iconic New York novelist, Paul Auster, comments on the much debated Eric Garner case, and why he doesn't want to give his usual pep talk about his beloved New York.

'Pocatello' Is a Significant Work in the Tabernacle of American Plays

Isa Freeling | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Award winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter speaks tombs of heartbreaking truth about isolation and the vanishing distinctiveness of American life in his new play, Pocatello. Samuel D. Hunter's Pocatello is a play very much worth the price of admission at Playwrights Horizons!

Tragedy or Pittance?

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

There is currently legislation in the Senate, known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act named for a Veteran lost to suicide. The cost is minimal, a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed. But it's currently being held up by one man.

Beyond Three-Fifths of Health With Dr. America

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

One of our first sins as a country was abandoning an ideal of the Declaration of Independence: "all men are created equal." When it came time to write our Constitution, we included a three-fifths clause that said if you fit the slave profile, then you only count as three-fifths of a person.

Who Wants to Talk About That?

Tom F. Driver | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Tom F. Driver

Racism is so ingrained in the American experience that no one who has grown up here is free of it -- white, black, or anyone else. Until we acknowledge that, describe it, and share it across the racial divide we are not free.

American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

Torture Goes Against the Very Soul of Our Country

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

There has been a suggestion in recent days that now is not a good time to release a review prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. But is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?

Where Americans Are Happiest And Why

Fast Company | Ben Schiller | Posted 12.10.2014 | World

The United States was founded so people could pursue happiness, but some places seem to do a better job of it than others. There's a big difference be...

Why Do Russia and Iran Have More Cyber Commandos Than the U.S.?

Scott Sigmund Gartner | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Scott Sigmund Gartner

With new DOD leadership, troops returning to Iraq, and an extension of the U.S. stay in Afghanistan, doing more of the same is clearly not enough; it is time to embrace fresh national security ideas.

I Am The Last Guy On Earth You Want To Listen To About Oprah Winfrey!

Dr. Phil McGraw | Posted 12.09.2014 | Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil McGraw

This past Saturday night, Robin and I went to Santa Barbara for a private screening of the soon-to-be released movie "Selma." An Oprah project. This movie is about you, and it is about me, and you absolutely must see it. "Selma" is about the very soul of America in 1965 and, in an eerie twist of timing, it is about the very soul of America right now, this minute. I believe it is one of those iconic movies that will become an instant classic; it will impact how you think and feel — and hopefully how you and I behave — about human dignity, human rights and your personal values and responsibilities for the rest of our lives. Despite the subject matter, it is not about politics, guilt, anger, violence or bitterness. It is about courage, inspiration and commitment.

How Globalization Changed America in 2014, and What It Might Mean for 2015

Edward Goldberg | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Edward Goldberg

It is the season of lists: best movies, best books, and so on. I thought I should continue a tradition I started several years ago of creating a different type of list: a geo-political-economic list -- a list of the globalization top five from an American perspective.

5 Splurge-Worthy U.S. Resorts

PureWow | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
PureWow

These luxury resorts across the U.S. will have you fantasizing about your next big trip.

A Brain Implant That Registers Trauma Could Help Prevent Rape and Violent Crime -- So Why Don't We Have It Yet?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

All things considered, the trauma alert implant sounds like a sensible and impressive thing. So why don't we have them yet?

The Rising Costs of U.S. Income Inequality

Laura Tyson | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Laura Tyson

The U.S. is caught in a vicious circle: rising income inequality breeds more inequality in educational opportunity, which generates greater inequality in educational attainment. That, in turn, translates into a waste of human talent, a less educated workforce, slower economic growth and even greater income inequality.

Why I'm Boycotting Thanksgiving

Mich Cardin | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Mich Cardin

I'm not skipping Thanksgiving because I don't have things to be thankful for, but because the traditional day of giving thanks in this country is a farce. I no longer enjoy 24-hour marathons of hypocrisy, gluttony and guilt that ombre into weeks of self-absorption and ungratefulness.

Why Are We 'As American As Apple Pie'?

Menuism | Posted 11.26.2014 | Taste
Menuism

So, apple pie as the quintessential American product may be an apt metaphor after all -- it was brought here from foreign shores, was influenced by other cultures and immigration patterns, and spread throughout the world by global affairs.

Why Do Black Men Die With Their Hands Up?

Katrina Sands | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Katrina Sands

How many names do you remember? How many have you even heard of? How many more do you need to read before you believe that a pattern exists?

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Dane Elliott Lewis, Civil War Reinactor

Ian Spanier | Posted 11.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Lewis grew up as one of just a handful of African-Americans in a small town along the Hudson River in Westchester County, New York. He really began ...

Life Is Short. Go Places

Bill Marriott | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

This is a story about the Gonce family, who live in Oak Grove, Mississippi. They are discoverers. Daughters, Lauren and Leslie started out on a trip to Chicago to visit The American Girl store. Their mom and dad, Chris and Leslie, took some detours along the way.

US vs. UK: Business Meetings Aren't That Different... Right?

Barry Whyte | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Barry Whyte

With the exception of royalty, spelling and humour (humor), most Brits and Americans like to think of their countries as culturally rather similar. You would be forgiven for thinking this is most obvious in the globalized world of business.

For Once a Positive Crisis

Edward Goldberg | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

Competitively the U.S. is now in a unique global position. It is spending significantly less money abroad to import oil giving its balance of payments a huge boost, and the oil it does import is on the whole cheaper than oil other countries import.

How Congress Auctions Off Power

Avram Billig | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Avram Billig

Warren's elevation is the latest instance of fundraising prowess helping to open the gates to party leadership, a trend that cements money's role in politics and could worsen polarization.