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Richard Blanco’s poem begins the day after the November election, as he struggles to make sense of a new political mood.More

fake news

Poet Nick Lantz has a darkly satirical take on American culture....More

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Quan Barry is writing a new poem each week in response to current events.More

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Could we, as a nation, be addicted to anger? That’s what science fiction writer and astrophysicist David Brin thinks. In fact, he wrote an open letter to addiction researchers and psychologists, asking them to investigate America’s epidemic of self-righteous indignation.

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11:59
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Anger can separate us into partisan camps, but it can also inspire people to work together to achieve amazing things. Michael Eric Dyson knows this firsthand.

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7:27
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Cleve Jones was a young activist and Harvey Milk’s protege, the man who would later create the AIDS Memorial Quilt.  What he remembers about that time is how the gay community channeled anger and grief into a night he’ll never forget.

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8:25

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