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My Morning With Nixon

Jerelle Kraus | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts
Jerelle Kraus

In 1983, I entered my New York Times office to a ringing telephone. "This is Ray Price, President Nixon's press secretary. He wants to speak to you." Then came the unmistakable voice

What If We Changed the Way Content Is Shared?

Matt Murrie | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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...

The Upside of 'Marrying Down'

Dr. Sonya Rhodes | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Dr. Sonya Rhodes

Old ideas die hard. But today's romances more and more reflect that smart women and men are neither marrying up or marrying down -- we're just marrying the right person.

The Fine Line of Genocide History

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 04.06.2014 | Media
Stephen D. Smith

When reporting genocidal incidences, historians take on a heavy responsibility. Just 20 years after the genocide committed against the Tutsi of Rwanda, many of the protagonists are still alive and grappling their own narratives, and still feeling their pain.

What Can Small Arts Organizations Learn From Robin Thicke?

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

When it comes down to it, I don't know that Miami City Ballet and Flo Rida are meant to get along, but it sure is fun to imagine a world that embraces the good from these very different worlds.

Friday Talking Points -- Defending Populism

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back (after we took last week off, to digest) to our Friday roundup! We should have two weeks of news to cover, but nothing much of anything strange or startling happened Thanksgiving week, so we're going to concentrate on just this current week.

Demise of the International Herald Tribune

Ladan Rafii | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Ladan Rafii

If there was ever a newspaper one could consider a friend all over the world, it was the International Herald Tribune. It conveyed a sense of warmth and familiarity that is often missing when one is living and working abroad.

Whose Crime Is It Anyway?

Stephanie Manes | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Stephanie Manes

A political marriage is a lightening rod for our most retrograde gender attitudes, as well hidden as they may be in other arenas.

One Small Step for You: A Look Into the Slumdog Children Across the World

Hillary Kaylor | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

You walk from place to space, your shoes carrying you all the way. Protected and safe. But what if they took you somewhere else? To a prison, to a war zone, into a burning garbage dump?

Prep School: Talking Trash

Petra Janney | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Petra Janney

College has been a heavenly vacation from the bleak reality that Exeter introduced me to. It's a reality in which shyness is considered a treatable disease; in which knowledge is no match for lung capacity; and in which breaking the mold is only acceptable if you make enough money doing so.

Why Don't Newspapers Take Unsolicited Submissions Seriously?

Michael Hobbes | Posted 04.07.2013 | Media
Michael Hobbes

A lot of people are sitting on fascinating stories about the places where they work, where they live, what's happening in their lives. This is what journalists, what journalism, are supposed to be concerned with.

Mitt Romney... Oh My God

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Michael Morgenstern

I find that now that the election is over, it's the first time I want to talk about it. I realize now that while I thought I was avoiding politics because it was a theater, there was also another reason.

New York Professor: Stop Teaching Kids Algebra Will Improve Grad Rates

Posted 07.30.2012 | Education

In a July 28 New York Times op-ed titled “Is Algebra Necessary?” Queens College political science professor emeritus Andrew Hacker questions the r...

Is This The Scariest Man On TV?

The Daily Beast | Posted 04.26.2012 | TV

The scariest man on television is obsessed with cakes. Ron Ben-Israel, the host of Food Network’s bizarre culinary competition series "Sweet Geni...

Is Big Agriculture Contributing to Antibiotics Resistance in Humans?

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 08.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

Does the agricultural use of antibiotics contribute to their diminishing effectiveness in people? The debate over Big Agriculture's use of antibiotics is becoming a culture war of facts.

Consider a Gap Year

David D. Burstein | Posted 06.15.2011 | College
David D. Burstein

I took a gap year and it actually changed my life. Although, I initially resisted the idea, wanting to stay "on track," I soon realized that this wouldn't "set me back" at all.

Pray For Prayer

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeff Schweitzer

A belief in god is the ultimate proof that the believer is not comfortable with not knowing: faced with uncertainty, instead of saying "I don't know," believers make up answers like "It's god's will."

Half a Century After Mencken's Death, Opinion Is What is Riding High

Simon Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Simon Jenkins

When the age of Mencken passed, many felt that the column would be followed by nothing but news. But today, given the millions of words of columns, billions of blogs and tweets, opinion is riding high.

HuffPo AOL Deal is A Gigantic Step Forward for Social Media

Jason Pollock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jason Pollock

The Huffington Post has been dramatically ahead of the curve in modifying their site to fit with the latest social trends. Last night they were rewarded handsomely for their brilliance.

The OpEd Project: Amplifying Women's Voices in the Media

Tabby Biddle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tabby Biddle

When the voices on the op-ed pages aren't reflecting the diversity of our country, it becomes just a small percentage of the population who is feeding the national (and global) conversation.

Michael Mukasey Slams Liz Cheney's 'Shoddy And Dangerous' Logic In WSJ Op-Ed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday attacking Liz Cheney's "Al-Qaida 7" logic as "shoddy ...

Maddow Slams Orrin Hatch For Lying, Washington Post For Printing It (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Rachel Maddow took aim at Sen. Orrin Hatch Tuesday for lying about health care reform and reconciliation in an op-ed written by the senator and publis...

New Media Embraces Old Media's Male-Centricity

Chloe Angyal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chloe Angyal

Given the profound under-representation of women in major newspapers' op-ed pages, it was not surprising to see the Washington Post name yet another man as America's Next Great Pundit.

Wanted: Free-Market Mouthpieces

Rob Warmowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Warmowski

For my entire adult life, I have watched free-market fundamentalists do their thing. They demonize government, run for government, capture government, then dismantle and privatize government.

Media Literacy 101: The Doritos Challenge

Susan Moeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susan Moeller

Today's digital-media-enabled contests, perhaps even the most familiar reality-TV, American Idol-type kind, are popular because they promise a rags-to-riches success for at least one contestant.