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)

Will the Los Angeles River Become a Playground for the Rich?

The revitalization of LA’s neglected riverfront has gone from social-justice crusade to money-soaked land grab. Kreitner offers a nuanced account of the river’s history, and its place in the city.

Source: The Nation
Published: Mar 10, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,602 words)

The Strange, True Story of How a Chairman at McKinsey Made Millions of Dollars off His Maid

For a brief period of time, Manju Das was almost certainly the wealthiest domestic worker in the world. Unfortunately, she never knew or had access to the money; she was a pawn in an insider trading scheme, and her employer was using her name to collect millions.

Source: The Nation
Published: Nov 9, 2015
Length: 24 minutes (6,141 words)

Have We Seen the End of the 8-Hour Day?

Since the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 enshrined the 40-hour week, hours have tended to be taken for granted in the fight for employee rights. Unpredictable scheduling and “involuntary part time” have brought hours back to the forefront, putting them at the heart of a new national movement.

Source: The Nation
Published: Apr 22, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3,540 words)

Lap Dogs of the Press

A 2006 essay by White House reporter Helen Thomas, who died Saturday at 92, on how the press failed to do its job in the run-up to the Iraq war. She recalls one exchange with former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan:

“‘Did we invade those countries?’

“At that point McClellan called on another reporter.

“Those were the days when I longed for ABC-TV’s great Sam Donaldson to back up my questions as he always did, and I did the same for him and other daring reporters. Then I realized that the old pros, reporters whom I had known in the past, many of them around during World War II and later the Vietnam War, reporters who had some historical perspective on government deception and folly, were not around anymore.”

Source: The Nation
Published: Mar 27, 2006
Length: 6 minutes (1,515 words)