Politics and History

gift giving
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Is it actually possible to give a truly selfless gift? Anthropologist David Graeber says it's not only impossible, the entire concept of a "free gift" is a capitalist construct shaped by impersonal market economies.

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08:32
Cash
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Journalist Anand Giridharadas says that sometimes, major philanthropic gifts are a lot less altruistic than they may appear.

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15:11
Fight like a girl
Articles

Throughout history, there’s been a general, unspoken agreement that getting angry, especially for women, is something to be avoided. But what if getting angry was actually productive?

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16:51
Lady Liberty
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Historian Carol Anderson walks us through the timeline of truly free and fair elections in the United States, a period she says lasted from the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 until a fateful Supreme Court decision in 2013.

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10:44
"Poison Squad" Volunteers taking in a dinner with a side of Borax.
Articles

Science writer Deborah Blum on the government scientists who made the case for food regulation by "eating dangerously."

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11:47

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