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The 2020 DNC was an eerie look at a country in crisis — and great TV

The 2020 DNC was an eerie look at a country in crisis — and...

For months now, the 2020 presidential election hasn’t felt entirely real to me. The obvious reason is that the global outbreak of Covid-19 scrambled everything about the campaign to such a degree that it felt ever so slightly like an event happening in some other country entirely. “While this pandemic is going on, we’re going…
In HBO’s Lovecraft Country, cosmic horrors pale next to the reality of racism

In HBO’s Lovecraft Country, cosmic horrors pale next to the reality of racism

In the second episode of Lovecraft Country, HBO’s engrossing new pulp horror series, one character, George (Courtney B. Vance), keeps thinking about a book. The book in question is the 1903 horror fantasy The House on the Borderland, and its plot is eerily similar to George’s present situation: He’s a Black man trapped in a…
Across the country, essential workers are on strike for Black lives

Across the country, essential workers are on strike for Black lives

Before she got sick with Covid-19, Deatric Edie typically left her house at 5:30 in the morning every day and wouldn’t get home until 1:30 or 2 in the morning, long after her family was asleep. She has worked in fast food her whole life to support her four children and now a grandchild, and…
As the country reopens, black workers are getting left behind

As the country reopens, black workers are getting left behind

As businesses around the United States begin to reopen amid the Covid-19-related economic collapse, the overall unemployment numbers in the US have improved, according to the Department of Labor’s May jobs report. But while the unemployment rate for most groups went down, it rose slightly for black Americans. The economy gained about 2.5 million jobs…
The US is now the country with the most confirmed coronavirus deaths

The US is now the country with the most confirmed coronavirus deaths

The death toll in the United States from the novel coronavirus has surpassed 19.400, meaning the country has overtaken Italy for the highest number of confirmed fatalities from the pandemic. This grim milestone was expected, as the US recorded more than 2,000 deaths in a single day Friday. It was the highest number of deaths…
Legendary country star Kenny Rogers has died at 81

Legendary country star Kenny Rogers has died at 81

Legendary country star Kenny Rogers died on Friday night, CNN reports. He was 81 years old. In a statement posted to Rogers’s verified Twitter account, the Rogers family said, “Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.” The news comes two years after Rogers…
Why did Iran shut off the internet for the entire country? 

Why did Iran shut off the internet for the entire country? 

Iran’s government announced on November 15, 2019, that it had plans to increase the price of fuel by at least 50 percent. The next day, Iranians took to the streets in protest. And the Iranian government reacted to its citizens organizing by shutting down the internet for the whole country. The shutdown persisted for five…
As conflict mounts at Syrian border, US will withdraw almost all its troops from the country

As conflict mounts at Syrian border, US will withdraw almost all its troops from...

A thousand US troops will be withdrawn from northern Syria as “quickly as possible,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, a day after President Donald Trump approved the withdrawal that would almost completely eliminate the US military presence in the region. Esper confirmed the withdrawal on CBS’ Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday.…
The case for ditching the city and moving to the country

The case for ditching the city and moving to the country

For many New Yorkers, the practical choice is upstate. For other Americans it’s out West, or New Mexico, or West Virginia. For me it’s back home in Vermont — the dreamy bucolic place I keep vague hopes of someday moving to, with no commutes and charming affordable homes whose promise of “outdoor space” isn’t limited…
How “Old Town Road” revealed a deep divide within country music

How “Old Town Road” revealed a deep divide within country music

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards air on Monday, August 26, and will feature performers such as Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, and Lil Nas X. Along with Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X is one of the artists to receive the most nominations heading into the night, picking up eight total nominations for their…

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