The Optimistic Leftist: Why The 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think

FEATURING RUY TEIXEIRA – Americans are under severe stress about the nation’s political outlook. The American Psychological Association’s survey of nation-wide stress found that people began worrying about the presidential election as far back as the middle of last year. By January stress-levels were extremely high with, “more than half of Americans (57 percent) report[ing]…

Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison

FEATURING ELLEN CONDLIFFE LAGEMANN – The United States incarcerates more people per capita than any other country in the world. And, of those that are incarcerated, little effort is expended for rehabilitation. Now, a new book powerfully argues that one of the most positive things that we can do in our system of mass incarceration…

Living A Feminist Life

FEATURING SARA AHMED – The word “feminist” is a heavy one, with history, implication, and judgment. It has been seen as positive and negative. Arguments abound over who is really a feminist and who is not, what it means to be a feminist and what it doesn’t. Follow Sara on Twitter @SaraNAhmed. Sara Ahmed, feminist…

A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State

FEATURING MEREDITH TAX – Donald Trump has escalated the US’s role in the Syrian war since he came to power. He has increased the number of American troops on the ground to fight the forces of the Islamic State or ISIS and expanded their mission. Meanwhile, the Syrian government’s war on rebel forces continues unabated…

How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood

FEATURING PETER MOSKOWITZ – There are neighborhoods in cities across America that evolved into wonderful communities where working class and middle class families lived, ate, and shopped, where there was racial diversity, flourishing culture, and neighborhood cohesiveness. But when such areas were “discovered” by wealthier, whiter, families looking for the perfect living environment, a slow-moving…

The Gospel of Self: How Jesus Joined the GOP

FEATURING TERRY HEATON: Televangelist Pat Robertson is not happy that Donald Trump is facing mass criticism for his unprofessional, dishonest, and unconstitutional policies. Robertson said recently, “the Lord’s plan is being put in place for America and these people are not only revolting against Trump, they’re revolting against what God’s plan is for America.” He…