Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria could strain its relationship with the US. Plus: in 90 days, Cape Town will be the world’s first major city to run out of water, and the European Union tries to eliminate plastics.

by Alex Brandte



Democrats appear to be winning the public blame game after the government shut down.

There is some movement toward resolution behind the scenes, though a deal is still very much out of reach. 

by Eric Fershtman

the work: culture roundup

There are no guarantees those same things will go right this time around.

Slate's new podcast Slow Burn, about the downfall of Richard Nixon, is an excellent new addition to the ocean of podcasts about Trump,  in large part because it stays away from direct comparisons. Plus: SNL parodies fashion shows in the age of #metoo, and a speedrun of Titenic (yes, Titenic) will make your day. 

by Rachel Kolman


Inauguration Day

There are little moments of humanity amidst the violence and menace in Georg Koszulinski's short film. 

by Georg Koszulinski


quote of the day

“We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, celebrated science fiction writer, who died on Tuesday at the age of 88.

In the latest episode, "It'll Make You Feel Bad for Having a Penis," Brendon talks to writer/musician/friend Dante Lima about their favorite albums, songs, and musicians of 2017.

Act Natural: Toward a Politics of Kindness

Compassion works best when it’s selfish.

by Eric Fershtman

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'Storytelling is at the root of making change'

Nicholas Jackson on environmental journalism, print and digital media, and making a difference through well-researched storytelling.

by Eric Fershtman



I Was White for Five Minutes

Why friendship is the institution we all need right now.

by Brendon Barnes



But why?

Thoughts on wearing the hijab in America.

by Lana Issam Ghannam



When You're White, You're Family

A modest proposal for fixing America, top to bottom. Like, completely.

by Brendon Barnes



Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" is the national anthem we all need right now.

In a divided country, the song, and the man himself, are things we can all agree on.

by Joe P. Squance


the work: culture roundup

Can you love someone who did bad things?

Sarah Silverman has a powerful, and difficult, response to Louis C.K.'s sexual misconduct, and Harry Potter fans protest against Johnny Depp's new role in the franchise.

by Rachel Kolman