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Category Archives: Media & Culture

Book Review: It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful relates how art helped combat AIDS

Excerpt: Lowery chronicles the art installations by the collective Gran Fury, including Kissing Doesn’t Kill and All People With Aids are Innocent, while also describing the tragic consequences AIDS was having on the members themselves.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, World Commmunity
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Book Review: Flipped recounts Georgia progressives’ big 2020 breakthrough

Excerpt: The thrilling victories of the Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, which were followed within hours by the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, are richly chronicled in Flipped, a recently published book by the chief political reporter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Greg Bluestein.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
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Documentary Review: In new Netflix series, Barack Obama exhorts viewers to “vote like the planet depends on it” — because it does

Excerpt: The five-part series features parks in Kenya and Indonesia, as if to mock years of attacks on Obama’s origins and childhood from wacko birds of the right.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Putin’s war in Ukraine isn’t going well, but with no free press to hold him accountable, public opinion isn’t turning against him

Excerpt: Former U.S. Representative Don Bonker explains how Russia's lack of a free press has allowed Vladimir Putin to manipulate public opinion in his favor even though Putin's murderous war in Ukraine isn't getting results for the Kremlin.
Written by:Don Bonker
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Book Review: Left Behind puts the DLC’s failed track record under a microscope

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Left Behind: The Democrats' Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality, by historian Lily Geismer, an associate professor of history at Claremont McKenna College.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Extremism Watch: Sinclair’s Jonathan Choe serves up lots of publicity for the Proud Boys

Excerpt: Choe calls himself a journalist -- he even emphasizes that label as part of his Twitter handle -- but he rarely seems to practice what the Society of Professional Journalists defines in their code of ethics as journalism. On March 19th, he pretty much dropped any pretense of being a journalist and instead chose to act as a press agent for the Proud Boys during his afternoon in Olympia.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: Laboratories of Autocracy puts Republican-run statehouses under a spotlight

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call from Behind the Lines, by Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
Other Categories:Party Politics
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Why the 2022 midterms in Washington State could look more like 2018 than 2010 or 2014

Excerpt: In this in-depth post for The Cascadia Advocate, NPI's founder and executive director discusses how Republicans are working successfully to push reporters and pollsters to view the midterms on their terms and critiques Stuart Elway's recent Washington State polling.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Elections
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Book Review: Flying Blind examines the bad decisions that led to Boeing’s current crises

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing, by award-winning Bloomberg reporter Peter Robison.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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We can’t know our future, but we can be better prepared to defend our democracy

Excerpt: Progressives can no longer rely on old political, societal, or governmental norms, resulting shame for violating said norms, or a judiciary that has become too far removed from the realities of how racism, classism and misogyny exist in our time, to restrain an opposition willing to cast aside all norms and legal precedents as is necessary to achieve and permanently retain power.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Other Categories:Elections
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Media coverage of BlackBerry’s end of support for legacy mobile services high on nostalgia, but low on accuracy and precision

Excerpt: Rather than gathering facts and then reporting the more complex details of this event, a whole bunch of stories appear to have been written on the basis of a press release and a company end of life document. A simplistic narrative has once again prevailed over the more complicated reality.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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The two faces of Sean Hannity: Fox host privately advised Trump to go back to Florida while publicly attacking our democracy

Excerpt: Unbelievable as it may seem, Hannity briefly offered Trump sensible advice in closing days of his scandal-ridden presidency, according to a treasure trove of emails obtained by the House Selection Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense
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Yo, NYT! Washington’s tax code is definitely regressive, but the state’s Democratic leaders have actually been working on changing that

Excerpt: "Blue States, You're the Problem" certainly has excellent production values and slick visuals. The discussion, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired. The opinion video by the New York Times' Johnny Harris and Binyamin Appelbaum could have been so much better... deeper, richer, and more informative.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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Book Review: Not-so-hidden racism and profit define the sickness of “American Healthcare”

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Hidden History of American Healthcare: Why Sickness Bankrupts You and Makes Others Insanely Rich, by Thom Hartmann.
Written by:David A Johnson
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Views & Reviews
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