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Into the Vortex: An Interview with Paul Killebrew

Travis Nichols | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Travis Nichols

Once you read Paul Killebrew's meditative, funny, and often strikingly lyrical work, it is very hard to stop thinking about it. With so much forgettable poetry in the world, this memorable strangeness is a minor miracle.

The Shutdown Reveals Our National Priorities

Ben Tripp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ben Tripp

This isn't a government shutdown. We should stop calling it that. It's a demonstration of our national priorities.

Jobs Wanted: America

Amanda Slavin | Posted 12.10.2013 | Impact
Amanda Slavin

America is essentially a startup. Every four or possibly eight years, there is an exit strategy and a new fresh CEO comes in and tries to do the best he can to create as much success as possible in a short period of time.

America - The Gateway to Humanity's Future?

Lorna Byrne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

I am told America will play a huge role in the evolution of mankind. That from America will come many of the ideas and initiatives that will create a better world and will help unify countries. The angels tell me America is supposed to be a beacon of hope for the world.

America Shut Down

Kristin Wartman | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Kristin Wartman

I took this photo outside Prospect Park in Brooklyn Friday morning. It seems especially apropos as the government shutdown will greatly affect our ...

Renewing America's Friendship With Books

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Preetam Kaushik

We need more and more information. We have an insatiable urge for fantasy, and its possibilities. And we want it in a new garb. Books today have turned the casualty, as a result of this. Why did libraries lose charm, when we still have our reading habits intact?

The History of the United States -- So Far

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stephanie Mott

There are a lot of other moments in U.S. history (immigration, sexism, ableism, classism, etc.) that I could have added to this history, but there was not enough room to include all the things that have happened (and are happening) in this country because someone believes God says so.

Can Comedy Fight Religious Bigotry?

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Most contemporary observers recognize the role of satire and political comedy in influencing politics and public debate, particularly through shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. But, it also serves a much deeper social function.

[WATCH] In Prison for a Decade, Walking for 13 Years. Meet Brad.

Dave Gill | Posted 11.30.2013 | Travel
Dave Gill

People always talk about how you'll meet unique characters if you embrace travel, but you don't always expect to meet someone who's personal story is jaw-dropping. That's what happened when I met Brad.

5 Iconic Recipes That Define America

The Daily Meal | Posted 11.26.2013 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Whether it's a family dish that's been passed down for generations, a recipe that's used to celebrate our religion, or something that's indicative of our culture, food has a way of tracing our roots back to their beginnings and defining who we are.

Why the West Plunders Greece

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The plunder of Greece by Western Europe goes back to the Romans. Despite their admiration for Greek culture, they made Greece a colony in 146 BCE. Fro...

5 Rules for Shopping at The Buckle

Tony Endelman | Posted 11.25.2013 | Comedy
Tony Endelman

Before you set foot into The Buckle, take a few minutes to mentally prepare yourself for any number of possibilities. There's a good chance that your style will be scrutinized, your patience will be tested and your head will explode.

Pop Culture or Politics, or Both

Adrian Louis Chandler | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Adrian Louis Chandler

Miley Cyrus! Okay, now that I have your attention, we can talk. What happened to the dream, the democratic experiment, that was the United States of A...

Pope Francis: The Church Has Many Obsessions

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Instead of asking, however, why people are running away from churches faster than a squirrel will cross a busy street, most fundamentalist Christian leaders point to those leaving as if something were wrong with them.

SHOCKING VIDEO: Shots Fired by Russian Military During Greenpeace Arctic Protest

Philip Radford | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

What you're seeing is the Russian Special Forces response to a peaceful protest. Peaceful activism is crucial when governments around the world have failed to respond to dire scientific warnings about the consequences of climate change in the Arctic and elsewhere.

America as Chief Global Opportunity Officer, Not Chief Global Police Officer

John Hope Bryant | Posted 11.22.2013 | World
John Hope Bryant

In the 20th century of civil rights justice, the definition of freedom was arguably the right to vote. In many places, it still is. But arguably in the 21st century of silver rights empowerment, the new definition of freedom is more and more what I call self-determination.

America's Richest States

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St. Last year, household income remained effectively unchanged, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. Th...

Beers and Brats: The Best Oktoberfests Across America!

Roadtrippers | Posted 11.22.2013 | Travel
Roadtrippers

"O'zapft is!" is the proclamation that jumpstarts Oktoberfest festivities across Germany, but the celebrations in America have found other unique ways of getting the party started

Believing in America

Dakota Meyer | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Dakota Meyer

We all live in the greatest country on the face of the earth, America. Without belief in the future success of our great nation, we have nothing.

A Petition for a Mr. America Pageant

Emily Bracken | Posted 11.16.2013 | Comedy
Emily Bracken

If we live in an age of equality, isn't it time there was a pageant for men? Why should only women be scrutinized for their appearance? Isn't it high time there was a nationally televised Mr. America pageant that judged a young man's talent, his brains, his choice of evening wear?

We Can Do Better Than Attack Syria

Gary Zukav | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Gary Zukav

The requirements for our evolution have changed. Survival is no longer sufficient. Our evolution now requires us to develop spiritually -- to become e...

Free Born Man of the USA: The Queen Is Dead

Matthew Bailey | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

Mouthing the words to Star Spangled Banner was the moment I started to question my identity. I've always been proud to be a Chicagoan. Now, I guess, I'll have to learn to be proud to be an American. This may be more difficult than I imagined. But, at least, I know, I'm free.

Celebrating Forty Years for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On September 30th friends and supporters of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF's 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Good Cop, Bad Cop and the Syria Crisis

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

Since the Syria crisis began, there has been lots of talk from both sides of the political spectrum about how America should not be the "world's polic...

The Russians are coming

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Shortly after the vote in the British parliament to oppose a strike on Syria, an American newspaper reported the decision of the House of Commons in a...