How a Bronx Theater Uses Avant-Garde Theater to Teach Everyday Activism
by Araz HachadourianJun 10, 2015
- Whether the crisis is AIDS or cyber-bullying, Pregones Theater’s empathy-based theater techniques help young people rehearse for action.
Ursula K. Le Guin Calls on Fantasy and Sci Fi Writers to Envision Alternatives to Capitalism
by Araz HachadourianJun 04, 2015
- This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system.
A Brief History of Happiness: How America Lost Track of the Good Life—and Where to Find It Now
by Sarah van GelderMay 15, 2015
- For decades, we've been taught that economic growth and buying more stuff will make us happy—while trashing the planet. The good news is, there’s a better kind of happy: It starts with meaningful work, loving relationships, and a thriving natural world.
8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline
by Kristin MoeApr 09, 2015
- TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.
This “Raging Granny” Crashed a Wall Street Dinner to Demand Answers
by Peter D'AuriaMar 27, 2015
- “Two Raging Grannies” is a beautifully shot film that juxtaposes a journey into activism with a profound meditation on aging.
Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present
by Wendell BerryMar 23, 2015
- In this selection from his new book, the poet and farmer Wendell Berry connects the dangers of the future to a failure to live fully in the here and now.
Why “Broad City” Is the Perfect Comedy for the Student Debt Generation
by Kate AronoffMar 18, 2015
- The Comedy Central show allows millennials of a specific demographic—and even those outside of it—to laugh at the situation the 1 percent has handed them.
“The Internet Is My Lifeline”: Hip-Hop Artist Jasiri X on the FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote
by Kayla SchultzMar 03, 2015
- The political artist from Pittsburgh speaks about the importance of the Internet and social media in making the voices of low-income people of color heard.
“We've Known What Police Brutality Feels Like”: Pussy Riot’s Tribute Song to Eric Garner
by Christopher Zumski FinkeFeb 20, 2015
- In a new music video, two members from Russian punk band Pussy Riot get dirt shoveled over their faces and are buried alive. It's powerful and disturbing to watch.
“Selma”: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens
by Kate AronoffJan 17, 2015
- Neither a “great man” history of Martin Luther King Jr., nor a tale of forgotten underdogs, Selma is about skilled activists building a movement.
A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control
by Andy Lee RothJan 16, 2015
- What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run classrooms in an unequal society?
Creeped Out by "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? Try This Feminist Version
Dec 24, 2014
- In the original song, she wants to go home, he says no, and then he spikes her drink. Blogger Dara Laine replaces the uncomfortable Christmas refrain with the female-friendly "Baby, It's Consent Inside."
Book Review: After Landing Herself in ICU, This Woman Changed Her Lifestyle, and Built a Tiny House
by Abby QuillenDec 24, 2014
- In building her tiny house, the author built a simpler and happier life.
When Christmas Dinner Gets Uncomfortably Political, These Cues From “House of Cards” and Other Shows Can Help You Out
by Kate AronoffDec 22, 2014
- This year’s most popular movies and TV series can be a tool to work your way out of a particularly bad conversation.
“Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It
by Christopher Zumski FinkeDec 19, 2014
- To call “Wild” a redemption film is to minimize the wide range of emotions it works with—not to mention the subtlety of Reese Witherspoon’s performance.
The creative spirit, and how it moves us.