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Category Archives: Media & Culture

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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Documentary Review: Rick Steves’ The Story of Fascism in Europe is critical viewing

Excerpt: We are doomed to repeat history if we don't learn from it, the saying goes. Read NPI's review of Rick Steves' new special, The Story of Fascism in Europe. Then, make time to ask friends and family if they've voted.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Book Review: In the future of “Unscaled”, AI will keep the rich different from you and me

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Unscaled: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts Are Creating the Economy of the Future.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Dana Fisher’s Activism, Inc. is a reminder of the sin of ideals procrastinated

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Activism, Inc., a 2006 book by Dana Fisher that examines "how the outsourcing of grassroots campaigns is strangling progressive politics in America."
Written by:David A Johnson
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Don’t expect right wing media to apologize for deceptively declaring I-1639 to be dead

Excerpt: Last week, right wing blogs and media outlets credited the NRA with a big victory when a judge blocked the Alliance for Gun Responsibility's I-1639 from the ballot. Now that the Supreme Court has reversed that judge's decision, though, no mea culpas appear to be forthcoming.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: “The Storm Before the Storm” and the seduction of history’s lessons

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Storm Before The Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic, by Mike Duncan.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: This is your brain on “Collusion”

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, by Nomi Prins
Written by:David A Johnson
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