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Michael Stark

Searching for Hope in Political Chaos: Conversations with Merton & Kierkegaard

Michael Stark | September 25, 2016 | Religion
There was a bumper sticker that was prevalent about a decade ago in Christian circles. It read, "God is not a democrat or republican." Despite its reductionist ethic, it communicated a unity amongst diversity that we seem to have lost. Read most online social platforms and your screen will be...
Byron Williams

The Welcome Return of Black Wall Street

Byron Williams | September 25, 2016 | Technology
The post-Reconstruction South ushered in Jim Crow laws, systemically designed to condemn the black community to second-class citizenship. To counter this reality, several black communities across the country developed areas known as "Black Wall Street." These were financial nerve centers of economic development spurred by black entrepreneurs who sought to...
Gabe Fenigsohn

Turn On. Tune In. Drop Out? Voter Turnout in the Digital Age

Gabe Fenigsohn | September 25, 2016 | Media
From Politico to Snapchat, Telemundo to Buzzfeed News, The Wall Street Journal to Hulu, a sporting event of historic proportions will captivate American viewers Monday night. For all the frenzy around this presidential Super Bowl, one would expect unprecedented levels of voter engagement. With every corner of the new media...
Advertising Week

Advanced Advertising: Reality vs. Hype

Advertising Week | September 25, 2016 | Business
Howard K. Bass, EY Global Media & Entertainment Advisory Leader Advanced, data-driven advertising is a hot-button topic for the media industry these days, but many people are missing the point of what it really means. Too many experts are focused on technical platforms...
Sirita Wright

11 Cannabis Entrepreneurs of Color You Should Know (Pt1)

Sirita Wright | September 25, 2016 | Black Voices
Some of these names might not be surprising. But each one should enlighten and encourage you to expand your mind about the possibilities within the booming cannabis industry. You and your family, especially if you're African American, now have a shot at the...
Eli Zaretsky


Eli Zaretsky | September 25, 2016 | Politics
Donald Trump: Representative American According to the official narrative of this Presidential campaign, there are two Americas. One, while certainly flawed, is nonetheless essentially broad-minded, reasonable and tolerant. The other has a racist, anti-immigrant and misogynist core, broadened by resentful, unemployed industrial...
Peter D. Rosenstein

This Is What I Hear Every Time Hillary Speaks

Peter D. Rosenstein | September 25, 2016 | Politics
If you can manage to ignore all the negative nonsense and partisan attacks and have followed Hillary's career knowing what she has accomplished over her nearly fifty years of dedicated public service you too may hear what I do when Hillary Clinton speaks. I am only sorry not everyone can...
George Lakoff

A Spoiled Brat Named Little Donnie Thwimp: The Importance Of Sound Symbolism

George Lakoff | September 25, 2016 | Politics
Imagine a national renaming campaign, starting now. Imagine those with photoshop skills might change the name on the image of his tower to Twimp Towie.
Michael P. McDonald

2016 Early Voting Underway!

Michael P. McDonald | September 25, 2016 | Politics
Early voting has started in a number of states and we're getting the first hard data on actual voters. So, it is time to start digging into the data to get a sense of where the 2016 presidential election stands.
Michael Rosenblum

What You Can Learn From Talking To A 90-Year Old

Michael Rosenblum | September 25, 2016 | Healthy Living
Pretty good shape for 90 - must be those G&Ts Last week we celebrated my father-in-law's 90th birthday. There was a time when even getting to 90 was a major achievement, and if someone were lucky enough to make it to 90,...
Jack M. Guttentag

"Buy One, Get One Free?" There is No Such Thing!

Jack M. Guttentag | September 25, 2016 | Business
The food market closest to my home went out of business recently, and was replaced by a supermarket chain. In most respects, the new store is an improvement over the one it replaced, except for one thing: its pricing system is permeated by buy-one-get -one-free offers. I went to the...
Steve Nelson

Patriotism is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel

Steve Nelson | September 25, 2016 | Politics
"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." - Samuel Johnson, 1775 Heated debate has arisen throughout the nation as a result of Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest. Athletes and others are kneeling, sitting or, in at least one case, lying on the ground as the anthem plays. This protest has...
Harold Lloyd

Beyond Words Alone: Poets as Artists of the Intentional

Harold Lloyd | September 25, 2016 | Books
In his wonderful The New Book of Forms, Lewis Turco tells us that poets "focus on mode, on language itself." Focusing on language, a poet in Turco's view is therefore an "artist of language; his or her concentration is upon the language itself."...
Terra Lawson-Remer

Why Progressives Should Embrace Lael Brainard

Terra Lawson-Remer | September 25, 2016 | Politics
I wanted to take a moment to share my view that this new "progressive" conventional wisdom is dead-wrong: Dr. Lael Brainard would be an extraordinary addition to any incoming administration.
Ed and Deb Shapiro

What The Buddha Would Say To Mr. Trump

Ed and Deb Shapiro | September 25, 2016 | GPS for the Soul
If a bull goes straight when the herd is crossing a road, then they will all go straight because he leads the way. The same among people. If the one who is thought to be the highest lives in goodness, the others do so too. The whole realm lives happily...
Jim Luce

In NYC: Songs of Peter, Paul & Mary to be Performed by Peter & Paul

Jim Luce | September 25, 2016 | New York
Blowin' in the Wind. Where Have all the Flowers Gone? If I had a Hammer. Puff the Magic Dragon. Are you singing along? Do you have a glorious picture in your mind of Peter Paul and Mary singing at the March on Washington? On Jack Benny? At countless rallies for...
Dennis Merritt Jones

A LESSON FROM MY DOG: Are You a Taker or a Receiver?

Dennis Merritt Jones | September 25, 2016 | GPS for the Soul
"Gracious acceptance is an art -- an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving...Accepting another person's gift is...
Marc Hershon

Soundcast Reviews: Gosh Darn Fiasco & Fitzdog Radio

Marc Hershon | September 25, 2016 | Entertainment
Gosh Darn Fiasco Epi14: The Zoo If you enjoy soundcasts about role playing games, you should check out Gosh Darn Fiasco. If you're a fan of soundcasts featuring improv, you should check out Gosh Darn Fiasco. The show is based...
Magda Abu-Fadil

Will Automation Upend Journalism?

Magda Abu-Fadil | September 25, 2016 | Media
Talk of automation is making the rounds again and unless newsrooms retool, adapt, and media organizations train journalists to cope with it, more staffers risk becoming redundant. The Online News Association's (ONA) annual conference in Denver, Colorado this month featured speakers like futurist Amy Webb who reminded us...
Keith Thomson

How Candidates Can Use Spy Tech To Cheat During Presidential Debates

Keith Thomson | September 25, 2016 | Politics
Were a candidate to, hypothetically, deviate from the code of honor, infrared light beam communicators would also do the trick.