Politics and History

"the queue" book cover

Writer Basma Abdel Aziz on the transformative effect of the Egyptian uprisingMore

Joe Scheidler

Joseph Scheidler on his decades-long career as an anti-abortion protester.More

Take it to the streets

Occupy Wall Street co-creator says activists are following an outdated script.More

Sherman Alexie

Some trips are more about psychic distance, like that of novelist Sherman Alexie. He's spent his whole life shuttling across cultural divides.More

Manal al-Sharif

Manal al-Sharif on how the most transgressive thing a Saudi woman could do was learn to drive.More

cover of "The Negro Travelers' Green Book"

Lawrence Ross delved into the "Green Book," a 1957 handbook to help black motorists find safe stops along the highway, and used it to shape a contemporary road trip that celebrated black history, culture, and business.More

Big trucks

Finn Murphy talks about his career as a long-haul driver who moves people's possessions across the country.More

American flag

Journalist Zach Beauchamps guides us through what he calls the "Russiasphere," the online world of liberal fake news.More

Twitterstorm of bots

Computer scientist Filippo Menczer has evidence of a bot campaign targeting one of Twitter's biggest power users: President Trump.More

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.More

soda

How popular conspiracy theories in the black community find their roots in abuses that actually happened.More

Tetris

There are currently 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. Jose Angel N is one example.More

Sunjeev Sahota

In "The Year of the Runaways", British novelist Sunjeev Sahota tells the story of three recent immigrants to the UK, and with deft...More

Immigrants on Ellis Island

The story of immigration is inseparable from America's history, and usually, it's told as a tale of struggle and ultimate success. It...More

open borders

There's a concept that's gaining ground among some economists and the idea's simple -- let anyone who isn't a criminal live and work in...More

connected world

What would a world without national borders look like?More

Artist and activist Molly Crabapple believes borders are soon becoming a thing of the past.More

My conversation with Turkish writer Elif Şafak back in April still sticks with me as the year comes to a close. In many parts of the...More

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