Poor Families and Blue-Collar Heroes: “The Confirmation” is Keeping Hollywood Real
by Christopher Zumski FinkeMar 18, 2016
- “Nebraska” writer Bob Nelson on his new film and how economically depressed father and son characters are pulled from his own life story.
Danish Girl’s Oscar Loss a Satisfying Win for Trans Women
by S.E. SMITHMar 10, 2016
- As Hollywood directors race to cash in on the growing interest in the trans community, the results aren’t always good.
The Untold History of Female Friendship
by Rachel Vorona CoteMar 01, 2016
- To get an honest picture of female friendship, we must look beyond the familiar whitewashed stories in Western history and literature.
This Syrian Band Played Its First European Gig in a Refugee Camp. Now It’s Going on Tour
by Rebecca CollardFeb 29, 2016
- When the members of Khebez Dawle fled Syria, they never expected they’d soon be playing sold out shows across Europe.
3 Ways to Bring David Bowie’s Spirit to Your Social Change Work
by Liz Pleasant, James TrimarcoJan 12, 2016
- David Bowie pushed boundaries, challenged norms, and helped pop culture become more inclusive. Here’s how to keep his legacy alive.
Our Favorite Books on How to Live a Happy and Meaningful Life
by Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam SmithDec 31, 2015
- Thinking about your New Year’s resolutions for 2016? Here are 13 of this year’s most thought-provoking and useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
What Star Wars Taught Me About Being a Mindful Parent
by Jeremy Adam SmithDec 17, 2015
- After years reporting on the science of mindfulness, I now realize that the practice of moment-to-moment, nonjudgmental awareness darts in and out of the series. But as a kid, I just wanted to blow stuff up.
Portland Blocked Fossil Fuels, What Now?
by Arun GuptaNov 23, 2015
- Turning the city's resolution into policies that protect health and safety is one fight that lies ahead. Another is forging a wall of resistance from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C.
Capitalism vs. Climate: Naomi Klein’s New Film Takes Us From the Current Crisis to the World We Want
by Kate AronoffNov 05, 2015
- In "This Changes Everything," Naomi Klein lays out how industry interests are opposed to those of ordinary people—a point climate activists have had trouble communicating and been reluctant to fully embrace.
A Quarter of Pakistani Girls Are Married Before They’re 18. This Film Shows What That Feels Like
by Christopher Zumski FinkeNov 04, 2015
- In her directorial debut, Afia Nathaniel brings the reality of Pakistan's child bride crisis to American audiences.
Video: The Racist Origins of 6 Common Phrases You Probably Use
by Liz PleasantOct 16, 2015
- The point isn’t that we necessarily have to abandon phrases like “hip hip hooray” and “no can do.” But understanding their racist origins helps us move beyond them.
Researchers Say Watching Movies Helps You Work Your Empathy Muscle
by Christopher Zumski FinkeOct 14, 2015
- Can something as simple as watching movies—and empathizing with fictional characters—help generate more compassion and understanding in the real world?
Four Things That Matter to Millennials, From Lena Dunham’s Interview With Hillary Clinton
by Araz HachadourianOct 01, 2015
- “I don’t trust anybody who says that they didn’t have some questions in their 20s.”
New Movie Finds “No Escape” From Controversy. Here's What the Filmmakers Have to Say About It.
by Christopher Zumski FinkeSep 01, 2015
- I interviewed the filmmakers of "No Escape" to see if they think their movie is racist. Spoiler alert: They don't.
This Artist Collects Your Worst Fears and Turns Them Into Something Great
by Alexa StrabukAug 27, 2015
- The Fear Project uses art to visually interpret the parts of life that scare us the most, normalizing fear as a part of ourselves.
The creative spirit, and how it moves us.