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Category Archives: Media & Culture

Watch the fourth 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate tonight!

Excerpt: Twelve Democratic candidates will face each other in Ohio tonight, three weeks after Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Other Categories:Elections, Live Coverage, Party Politics
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As impeachment coverage takes over the news, can Democratic candidates benefit?

Excerpt: Donald Trump's looming impeachment. It's all CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets can seemingly talk about these days. Can the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders adapt?
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Open Government, Party Politics
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Documentary Review: “Raise Hell” is a fun and inspiring portrait of journalist Molly Ivins

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of the 2019 documentary film that tells the story of Texas' best known columnist and advocacy journalist.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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ThinkProgress to power down, lose staff after Center for American Progress fails to sell it

Excerpt: We're losing another newsroom at a time when we need more journalism, not less. Read NPI's founder's response to the demise of a once-leading progressive source of news and analysis.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Don’t want our public discourse dominated by the right wing? Then don’t use their language

Excerpt: Words matter. Words mean things. Words are like flags for ideas. That's why an alliance of women's rights organizations is asking the BBC to stop using loaded language in its reporting.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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SIFF Documentary Review: Our Bodies Our Doctors is a timely reminder of the importance of reproductive rights

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Our Bodies Our Doctors, a film about reproductive rights that's being screened at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Healthcare, Views & Reviews
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Book Review: “Talk on the Wild Side” by Lane Greene shows how language is power

Excerpt: Lane Greene’s Talk on the Wild Side: Why Language Can’t Be Tamed came across, in its initial reading, as a scattershot collection of topics relating vaguely to the way the pronunciations, words, and grammars of languages will change with time so long as those languages continue to live and have people speak them. What makes the […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Fallout: Conspiracy, Cover-Up and the Deceitful Case for the Atom Bomb

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Peter Watson's Fallout, which argues that "the atomic bomb was the unnecessary product of mistrust and deceit between World War II allies".
Written by:David A Johnson
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Documentary Review: Oscar winner “Period. End of Sentence.” is a must-see short film

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of the 2019 Academy Award winning film for Best Documentary Short, exploring the rarely discussed subject of menstruation.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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2019 Oscars impressions: America got a shorter, more diverse ceremony to enjoy

Excerpt: Read NPI's impressions of the 91st Annual Academy Awards, which aired February 24th, 2019, on ABC.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Book Review: “The Empty Throne” makes a better argument for not having one

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership, by Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Kissinger is proof the adults in the room were “Reckless”, too

Excerpt: In the Mel Brooks parody “Space Balls”, the villainous character Darth Helmet brags to Lonestarr, the protagonist, that, “Evil will always triumph because good is dumb.” This trope appears in fiction often, and some writers rely on it almost entirely. The medievalist historian and culture critic Steven Atwell has observed that one of the central […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Documentary Review: Crime + Punishment details fight against illegal policing quotas

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Crime + Punishment, an original Hulu documentary chronicling the efforts of whistleblower cops to stop illegal policing quotas.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Book Review: Hilarie Gamm’s “Billions Lost” sadly has nothing useful or progressive to say

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "Billions Lost: The American Tech Crisis and the Roadmap to Change" by Hilarie T. Gamm.
Written by:David A Johnson
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