New David Foster Wallace Movie Shows a Regular Guy Who Happens to Be a Genius—That’s Why It Works
by Christopher Zumski FinkeAug 07, 2015
- Jason Segel steers away from his usual funny guy persona in "The End of the Tour," and plays the late "Infinite Jest" author David Foster Wallace.
One Poem That Saved a Forest
by Jacqueline SuskinJul 21, 2015
- How the friendship between a poet and a timber baron kept a grove of California redwoods from clear-cutting.
All Sign Language, No Subtitles: Behind the Ukrainian Thriller That’s Changing How We Experience Cinema
by Christopher Zumski FinkeJul 17, 2015
- "The Tribe" has no spoken dialogue at all—viewers must search for meaning through body language and emotion. This is why it works.
Swapping Screen Time for Getting Dirty: Why Kids Need to Spend More Time Outside
by Shannon HayesJul 13, 2015
- In his book “How to Raise a Wild Child,” Dr. Scott D. Sampson argues that the current disconnect between kids and the natural world is a threat to their physical, mental, and emotional health.
Staying Human in a Time of Climate Change: New Author on Science, Grief, and Hope
by Christopher Zumski FinkeJul 02, 2015
- For geographer and author M Jackson, knowing climate science isn’t enough. We need to get our hearts involved too.
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.
The creative spirit, and how it moves us.