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Michelangelo Signorile on the Perils of Complacency and “Victory Blindness”

November 2, 2020

“Too many people jump in, think they change laws, think it’s over. It’s never over.”

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The Poet Terrance Hayes Says Hope, Like Faith, Has Little to Do with Reason

November 2, 2020

“What’s the opposite of hope? Apathy? Cynicism? Despair? I choose to lean in the direction of hope.”


Kevin Young on the Righteousness of Voting Rights

October 30, 2020

“Emerson said civil disobedience is not a right, but a duty.”


Senator Ed Markey on Shooting Hoops and Saving the Planet

October 29, 2020

“I go into my driveway and shoot free throws. And then I get to work.”


Chris Jackson on Why the Status Quo is Killing Us

October 28, 2020

“There’s no way to MAGA our way back to a purer past.”


David Rothkopf Finds Hope in the History of Progress

October 27, 2020

“I’m more concerned about the root causes of our political problems than I am about the virus. We will manage that.”

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The Squad Is Expanding, and Jemele Hill Loves to See It

October 26, 2020

The podcaster, writer, and TV host on endless Zoom meetings, mourning the movies, and working toward a more equitable future.

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Karla Cornejo Villavicencio On Why She Avoids Anger (And Why White Men Should, Too)

October 9, 2020

“I think of anger as the wick that I light on the candle that is called F*ck White Supremacy, Save Our People.”

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Rebecca Traister Finds Hope In the Mixed-Up-ness of Humanity

September 21, 2020

The author and ‘New York’ writer on righteous rage, stubborn denialism, and the joys of a perfect pie crust.

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Justin Vivian Bond on the Inevitability of Assholes

September 17, 2020

“The ignorance of people never shocks me and I never underestimate it.”

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David Adler on the Decline of American Exceptionalism

September 8, 2020

“Our passports have turned from gold to garbage overnight.”

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Colm Tóibín on the Inefficacy of Political Conversation

September 1, 2020

Despite it all, the Irish author and essayist remains devoted to the United States.

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Naomi Fry’s High-Low Cultural Criticism Mirrors the Moment

August 25, 2020

“We can’t depend on people to solve every problem through individual initiative. Change needs to be structural.”

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And Now a Word From Mark Lynas, For Those of Us Who Forgot About The Climate Crisis

August 19, 2020

“We’re as smart as we need to be to fix this.”

Leon Neyfakh Takes On This Turning Point in American History

July 27, 2020

The “Fiasco” podcaster has made a career of our nation’s most tumultuous tides. Who better to consult for some much-needed guidance?

Ask A Sane Person: Marjorie Garber Questions America’s Character

July 22, 2020

A fitting cultural scholar to lead us through these tragic times. 

Ask a Sane Person: Jack Halberstam Isn’t Here to Comfort You

July 14, 2020

The radical social thinker whose critiques have transformed our notions of queer theory and representation has never shied away from necessary battles.

Ask a Sane Person: Jia Tolentino on Practicing the Discipline of Hope

July 8, 2020

“I want the courage to need very little and demand a lot.”

Ask a Sane Person: David Shimer on the 2020 Election and Russian Interference

July 2, 2020

In his new book, the journalist paints a sweeping social-political panorama of the ways in which Russia has influenced American democracy.

Ask a Sane Person: Van Lathan on the Difference Between Racial Justice and Racial Equality

June 23, 2020

The cultural commentator and podcaster issues a battle cry, in all caps.