Books can get us to empathize with monstrous people. Professor Richard Middleton-Kaplan believes that’s not only a good thing, but a vital part of human rights work.
Are we on the verge of another Roaring 20s? A historian explores whether the collective jubilation that followed the end of the last worldwide pandemic might happen again.
A new strategy to revive struggling small towns is seeing success—but also giving rise to cultural and class conflicts.
“It’s good to laugh, it’s good to laugh at ourselves and what we take as gospel or what we take as truth, because it happens so much and so often.”
An interview with Rena Priest, new Washington State Poet Laureate, about the meaning of home and the music of language.
“A student asked me, ‘I can’t tell if this story is optimistic or pessimistic.’ I responded, ‘It’s pessimistic, because it’s about living with loss. And it’s optimistic because it’s about living with loss. I can’t explain it any other way.'”
“I see my life as being like a canvas, which I work on creating with my every thought and deed.”
Technology alone won’t save us from climate change. We have to fundamentally shift how we view our role on earth, says professor Brian Henning.
A philosopher on why anger has become the default reaction toward those we disagree with—and what we can do about it.