How Should Art Reckon With Climate Change?

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April 22, 2022 The New York Times Style Magazine While observing Earth Day 2022, we’re reading about the role art plays in addressing the climate crisis. “[In 2005,] the environmentalist Bill McKibben railed against the culture’s perceived indifference. ‘Where are the books? The poems? The plays? The goddamn operas?’ he wrote in an op-ed for Grist. ‘Compare […]

Nobel Laureate Jody Williams Joins Call for An International Anti-Corruption Court

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April 20, 2022 Ian Lynch, Integrity Initiatives International Jody Williams tops the list of thirty Nobel Laureates who have recently signed onto the Declaration calling for the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC). “The Declaration advocates for a new international court to punish and deter grand corruption – the abuse of public power for private […]

The Coolest Show

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April 12, 2022 Rev. Lennox Yearwood, The Coolest Show Rev. Lennox Yearwood’s podcast, The Coolest Show,  is entering its fourth season. The show is described as “your weekly dose of conversations that reimagine how Black, Indigenous, and Brown people thrive in our environment. … connecting you to brilliant leaders from the culture, grassroots, and politics. Our […]

Stacey Abrams Leans Into Star Trek Fandom in Her Run for Georgia Governor

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March 26, 2022 Julie River, Comic Book Resources Here is a fun story about Trekkie Stacy Abrams’ use of Star Trek as a metaphor for her gubernatorial campaign. Publisher CDR.com (Comic Book Resources) includes a video where Abrams reflects on her favorite characters and themes.  Read the full story and watch the video here

Ai-Jen Poo Addresses Equal Pay for Women in U.S. House Hearing

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March 24, 2021 Savannah Behrmann, USA Today AWTT portrait subject Ai-Jen Poo was among those who testified today before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The hearing was held in honor of Equal Pay Day, to examine the long-term economic impacts of gender inequality.  “In 2021, pay disparities and discrimination still exist between men and women, and Rep. Carolyn […]

Samantha Smith: Still Relevant Today

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March 08, 2022 Emily Burnham, The Bangor Daily News The Bangor Daily News has featured reporter Emily Burnham’s story about Samantha Smith: “This plucky Maine girl tried to unite US and Russia before nuclear bombs consumed the world.“ Following her retelling of Samantha’s story, Burnham reflects:  “After the Soviet Union fell in 1991, relations between the U.S. […]

Bill McKibben Weighs in on Russia and Ukraine

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February 28, 2022 Bill McKibben, The Guardian AWTT portrait subject Bill McKibben has outlined a formula for defeating Russian expansionism.   “This is not a ‘war for oil and gas’ in the sense that too many of America’s Middle East misadventures might plausibly be described. But it is a war underwritten by oil and gas, a war whose most crucial weapon […]

Leah Penniman: Star Power

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February 18, 2022 Americans Who Tell the Truth Black urban farming is on the rise – and Leah Penniman is center stage. Just this week, the print media featured The Black Fly Urban Farm Academy in Baltimore. And what books will these aspiring farmers read as part of their course work? “Leah Penniman’s Farming While Black is our seminal […]

Langston Hughes, Born 120 (or 121?) Years Ago

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February 01, 2022 Linda Gregg, The Writer’s Almanac Thanks to The Writer’s Almanac for reminding us of Langston Hughes’s birthday today–and for highlighting some interesting quotes from Hughes:  “I like Tristan, goat’s milk, short novels, lyric poems, heat, simple folk, boats and bullfights; I dislike Aida, parsnips, long novels, narrative poems, cold, pretentious folk, buses and bridges.”  “Through […]