Meet the Boy Scouts of the Border Patrol

“If there’s something overtly theatrical, even campy, about these recruitment efforts, that isn’t a coincidence. The age-old children’s games of cowboys and Indians or cops and robbers have simply been harnessed for a modern, state-run, militarized equivalent: border guards and immigrants.”

Source: The Nation
Published: Jan 21, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,309 words)

Things That Can Only Be Found in the Darkness on the Edge of Town

The queerness of Bruce Springsteen.

Source: The Nation
Published: Nov 6, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,000 words)

Berlin’s Radical Housing Activists Aren’t Afraid of Expropriations

“It’s a positive sign that our enemies are scared…Unfortunately, however, we are not dealing here with the return of socialism.”

Source: The Nation
Published: Mar 27, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,237 words)

‘They’re Gonna Rock It’: The First Day Native Women Served on Capitol Hill

In a nation stolen from Indigenous people, Deb Haaland and Sharice David, the first two Native American women elected to Congress, represent the potential for a new chapter in Indigenous life.
Source: The Nation
Published: Jan 7, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,247 words)

Was Fred Hampton Executed?

From the Nation’s archive, Jeff Gottlieb and Jeff Cohen reported on the civil suit brought forth by survivors of the December 4, 1969 raid of Chicago Black Panther headquarters that left Party chairman Fred Hampton and another party member dead. Local and federal authorities finally agreed to a settlement in November 1982, after a long trial and an appeal.

Source: The Nation
Published: Dec 25, 1976
Length: 28 minutes (7,035 words)

Forensic Science Put Jimmy Genrich in Prison for 24 Years. What if It Wasn’t Science?

Forensic science — the kind that traces the grooves in bullets, the mark of a shoe, or the scrape of a tool — emerged in the early 20th century as a way to professionalize police work. But once its findings made their way into the court system, it became almost impossible to divide the good forensic science from the bad.


Source: The Nation
Published: Feb 6, 2018
Length: 46 minutes (11,700 words)

Free at Last

You’ve heard of Miles Davis. You’ve heard of Billie Holiday. It’s time more people knew about pensive, voluminous jazz pianist Mal Waldron. He was Billie Holiday’s pianist up until her death, and contrary to Davis’ belief that expatriate jazz musicians lost “an energy, an edge,” Waldron wrote some of his most innovative music after he left the segregated United States. Waldron believed that if Holiday had moved to Europe like he had, she could have lived a longer life, too.

Author: Adam Shatz
Source: The Nation
Published: Jul 26, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,692 words)

Housekeepers Versus Harvard: Feminism for the Age of Trump

In 2013, the same year that Harvard Business School alum Sheryl Sandberg published Lean In, which encouraged women to tell their employers exactly what they needed in the workplace, the sixty housekeepers of the HBS-owned Boston-Cambridge DoubleTree Suites presented their unionization petition to their manager.


Source: The Nation
Published: Mar 8, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,900 words)

What Can Ivanka Trump Possibly Do for Women Who Work?

For insight into how the first daughter will manage her signature issue, look no further than her brand’s website.

Source: The Nation
Published: Feb 1, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,291 words)

Deep Stories

To understand why the same Middle Americans and white working class who would have voted Democratic in different decades now supported Trump and the Tea Party, a far-thinking sociologist looks beyond sociological studies and travels to Louisiana to speak to people directly. Her book is an astonishing portrait of paradox and what she calls the “deep stories” that involve more feelings than facts.

Source: The Nation
Published: Sep 28, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,196 words)