Why Did We Invade Iraq?

“The most complete account we are likely to get of the deceptions and duplicities that led to war leaves some crucial mysteries unsolved.”

Published: Jul 1, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,828 words)

More Than Accomplices

“How do we determine the agency of female participants in genocidal regimes, where male supremacy often goes hand in hand with ethnic chauvinism?”

Published: Jun 10, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,864 words)

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama

“One man’s quest to find his son lays bare the reality of Palestinian life under Israeli rule.”

Published: Mar 19, 2021
Length: 82 minutes (20,500 words)

‘I’ve Lost Everything to the Beast’

“Formed in Los Angeles by refugees fleeing US-backed violence in El Salvador, MS-13 has wreaked havoc in Central America.”

Published: Apr 14, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,019 words)

The Stanley Crouch I Knew

“When I was first introduced to Stanley Crouch, more than twenty years ago, I never imagined becoming friends with him. Stanley, who died last week, at seventy-four, after a long illness, was at the height of his fame: a regular on the Charlie Rose show, a consultant to Ken Burns’s documentary on jazz, a consigliere to the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis for the concert series Jazz at Lincoln Center.”

Author: Adam Shatz
Published: Sep 24, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,468 words)

What Ails America

“We would like to think we have health care that incidentally involves some wealth transfer; what we actually have is wealth transfer that incidentally involves some health care.”

Published: Sep 3, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,700 words)

Balls Don’t Lie

On the NBA, Black Lives Matter, and “the ritual exploitation that benefits—and damns—us all.”

Published: Sep 27, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,983 words)

Broken Glass, Blood, and Anguish: Beirut After the Blast

Pediatrician Seema Jilani recounts the immediate aftermath of the Beirut explosion: “As I emerged from the car, the air was still whirring with debris. Everything was eerily silent. But it wasn’t. I just couldn’t hear anything. My ears were ringing. The street scene in front of me, almost two blocks from my apartment and walking distance from the epicenter of the blast, was a silent horror film.”

Published: Aug 18, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,757 words)

Sun Ra: ‘I’m Everything and Nothing’

‘Sun Ra says, “the darkness. Nobody made that. It just happens. Light and all that—someone made that; it’s written that they did. But nobody made the darkness. My music is about dark tradition. Dark tradition means a lot more than black tradition.” On the other, Sun Ra named himself for the sun itself, that roiling source of a light that glows and splatters and bolts out of that universal darkness.”‘

Published: Jul 23, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,141 words)

When Will We Care About Domestic Violence?

The pandemic has sparked a surge in reports of domestic violence, and the U.N. has called for governments to “put women’s safety first.” But that has never happened in any country, crisis or not.

Published: May 11, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,192 words)